A COVID-19 resurgence in South Korea, the most recent nation to report a brand new spike in instances, prompted warnings from authorities officers immediately that that the nation could have to reimpose distancing measures.
The pandemic whole immediately climbed to 21,761,813 instances, with 776,751 deaths, in keeping with the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.
Korea instances embrace one other massive church cluster
South Korea reported 197 new instances immediately, principally in Seoul, the fourth day in a row the nation reported instances within the triple digits, Reuters reported. At a briefing, Korea Facilities for Illness Management (KCDC) Director Jeong Eun-kyeong, MD, MPH, mentioned South Korea is within the preliminary phases of large-scale transmission.
If instances do not subside by the tip of the week, the federal government will step up distancing measures similar to closing public buildings and banning giant gatherings, which have already been imposed for Seoul and Gyeonggi province, Kim Gang-lip, the vice well being minister, mentioned at a briefing, Korea Times reported.
Thus far, 319 instances have been linked to an outbreak at Sarang Jeil Church in northern Seoul. The cluster is the nation’s second largest, behind a cluster in Daegu earlier this 12 months that resulted in additional than 5,000 instances. Based on South Korean media reports, the church hasn’t absolutely cooperated with outbreak investigators, and its chief has examined optimistic for the virus.
New Zealand, Australia upticks
In New Zealand, one other nation that efficiently contained the virus and is at the moment battling a resurgence, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately introduced that the nation’s common election will likely be postponed a month, from September 19 to October 17, resulting from a lockdown in Auckland, dwelling to a 3rd of the nation’s inhabitants, Reuters reported.
The nation’s health ministry immediately reported 9 new instances, seven with confirmed hyperlinks to the latest cluster and two with suspected hyperlinks. Thus far, there are 58 instances within the cluster. Officers are additionally managing 20 imported instances involving people who find themselves remoted in quarantine.
Testing on floor samples from a refrigerated storage facility are beneath method, and a few grocery store clients have raised considerations concerning the threat of an infection by way of meals or meals packaging. “A reminder that New Zealand Meals Security has reviewed the newest science from around the globe concerning the threat of being contaminated with COVID-19 by way of contact with meals or meals packaging. To this point, there isn’t a proof of transmission through meals or meals packaging,” the ministry mentioned.
In the meantime, Australia reported 25 deaths immediately, marking its deadliest day, Bloomberg News reported. The nation additionally reported 282 new instances, down from the every day counts within the 700s on the finish of July. Yesterday, Victoria state introduced that it prolonged its state of emergency till the center of September.
In Asia, Hong Kong’s authorities prolonged distancing measures one other week, with 44 new instances immediately, Reuters reported. The area started experiencing a 3rd spike in COVID-19 exercise in early July, and instances have declined from triple-digit numbers, Reuters reported. China confirmed 22 new instances immediately, all of them imported, the National Health Commission mentioned. Additionally, it famous 37 extra asymptomatic, instances, all however one in all them imported.
Lebanon reviews steep rise
Lebanon’s appearing well being minister, Hamad Hassan, immediately declared an alert a few sharp rise in COVID-19 instances, with 456 new instances immediately, Reuters reported. He pushed for a 2-week shutdown to sluggish the surge in instances.
The nation’s COVID-19 instances have been rising earlier than the Beirut blast that killed a minimum of 178 folks, displaced 250,000 folks, and overwhelmed the well being system.
In different international developments:
- In Europe, France reported greater than 3,000 instances yesterday, the second day in a row that instances topped 3,000, and well being officers are anticipated to suggest that folks put on masks in shared workspaces. Within the Czech Republic, additionally experiencing an increase in instances, the federal government is reimposing a masks rule for folks using public transport and for these in indoor public areas, a part of efforts to curb the unfold of the virus when faculty begins on Sep 1.
- Apprehensive concerning the provide of managed medication, the Worldwide Narcotics Management Board, the World Well being Group, and the United Nations Workplace on Medication and Crime issued a latest assertion urging nations to make sure that the acquisition and provide of medication meets the wants of sufferers with COVID-19 and those that want them for different medical situations. They famous that the pandemic has interrupted the provision chain, which was already experiencing issues earlier than COVID-19. “It’s crucial that entry to important well being companies and drugs not be forgotten or de-prioritised throughout this pandemic,” the group wrote.