SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea has added more than 1,000 infections to its coronavirus caseloid for a second straight day, raising fears that the virus may be spreading out of control in a more capital-intensive region.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday that the COVID-19 death toll was 634 after 22 patients died in the last 24 hours, the deadliest day since the epidemic erupted. Of the 12,209 active patients, 242 are in critical or critical condition.
About 800 out of 1,014 new cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where health officials have raised alarm about the hospital’s lack of capabilities. Thursday marked the 40th consecutive day of triple jump, bringing the national caseload to 46,453.
The viral resurgence came after months of government efforts to revive fatigue, complacency and a sluggish economy.
Officials are now considering whether the social discrimination ban could be extended to the maximum level, which could possibly include a ban on the gathering of more than 10 people, tens of thousands of businesses deemed non-essential and companies. Require more staff at home.
Elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region:
– The World Health Organization states that the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine will not end the epidemic quickly and countries in the Western Pacific are not guaranteed early access to the shots. WHO’s Regional Director Drs. Takeshi Butcher says that vaccines are “not a silver bullet that will end the epidemic in the near future.” He says, “The development of safe and effective vaccines is one thing. It is another thing to produce them in sufficient quantity and reach everyone according to their need. “While some countries may have independent vaccine purchase agreements in place in the coming months to start vaccination campaigns, others may begin vaccination in mid or late 2021,” said Dr. Socorro Esclante is the WHO’s coordinator for essential medicines and health technologies. “It is of paramount importance to emphasize, if not all, countries in the Western Pacific region a part of the COVAX facility,” Esclante said. COVAX was established by WHO, which vaccinates GAVI and CEPI, a global alliance to fight the epidemic in an effort to ensure equitable access to vaccines worldwide. Representatives of the WHO also urged that priority should be given to high-risk groups for vaccination as vaccines would only be available in limited quantities.
– Government of Tokyo. Yuriko Koike announced a “special coronovirus alert” on Thursday, urging residents to share their sense of crisis over a spurt in infection, as new cases in the capital rose sharply Thursday to 822, a new high reached. It surpassed Wednesday’s earlier record of 678 sets and brought the capital’s total to 49,490. Vigilance is a massive warning against vigilance during an increase in cases since early November, with experts saying that a significant number of serious cases are forcing hospitals to shrink to care for non-coronovirus patients . “I had acute feelings of distress, and I need to share this with all the residents of Tokyo,” Koike said Thursday about the assessment by Spike and experts in Tokyo’s medical system. He urged people to avoid parties and non-essential out-of-town visits and asked the organizers to consider canceling the events to be held on New Year’s Eve. The infection has been steadily increasing across the country for several weeks. There are now 187,103 confirmed cases in Japan, 2,988 since Wednesday, including 2,739 deaths. Norio Ohmagri, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said they warn of an explosion in infection if they continue to spread at the current pace, and call for more tests to quickly find and isolate patients. Japan has not had a mandatory lockdown and survived previous waves of infections, but experts say the current resurgence during the cold season can be a major challenge, especially with half of the new cases now inaccessible.
– Authorities are searching for the source of an emerging COVID-19 cluster in Sydney’s northern coastal suburbs. Australia’s largest city had gone 12 consecutive days without community transmission until Wednesday, when a driver carrying an international crew in a van to and from Sydney Airport tested positive for coronovirus. As of Thursday, six people had become infected with the virus, along with community broadcasts in Sydney, as well as six passengers who had returned overseas, and tested positive in hotel quarantine. New transitions include a woman who works at a Pittwater Palms aged care home, which has since been closed to visitors. A drummer in a band who played in several clubs around Sydney has also been infected. The New South Wales Health Department said later on Thursday that 17 people had become infected in Sydney’s northern coastal suburbs. Residents of the local government area of Northern Beaches were advised to work from home and stay home as much as possible for the next three days. Others were advised to avoid traveling in the region.
– The Australian Open men’s tennis tournament will begin three weeks later than planned due to the epidemic on 8 February. ATP said that men’s qualifying for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season is being moved to Doha, Qatar from January 10-13. A period of approximately 2 1/2 weeks will then be set for the trip to Melbourne and a 14-day quarantine period for the players and their coaches or other support staff. Other tournaments to be held next year include the New York Open and an event in Auckland, New Zealand. ATP is looking for new dates for the Rio Open, which was to start on 17 February, but will now compete with the main draw of the two-week Australian Open. Like other sports, tennis was interrupted this year by the outbreak of COVID-19, which did not compete for several months, postponing the start of the French Open from May to September and the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II. . .
– The New Zealand economy has bounced back to the same place before Coronovirus hit after a record 14% growth in GDP in the third quarter. According to Statistics New Zealand, there was a record 11% drop in the second quarter and a small drop in the first quarter. Gross domestic product declined by 2.2% in September to September. Leading the rebound in the third quarter were goods-making industries, up 26%, and service industries, up 11%. New Zealand has ended the community’s spread of the virus, at least for now, and many aspects of life have become commonplace. However, the country’s borders are closed.
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