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South Korea to shut bars, restrict church providers amid virus spike | Asia Information-Autopresse.eu

South Korea to shut bars, restrict church providers amid virus spike | Asia Information-Autopresse.eu

South Korea to shut bars, restrict church providers amid virus spike | Asia Information

2020-11-22 15:25:43

Individuals carrying face masks stroll previous a Christmas tree arrange for a year-end competition that includes colourful lanterns, at a procuring road in Seoul, South Korea, Nov 20, 2020. (AHN YOUNG-JOON / AP)

ISTANBUL / NEW DELHI / SEOUL / MELBOURNE / BAGHDAD / KATHMANDU / KUALA LUMPUR / KABUL / DHAKA / TOKYO / ULAN BATOR / HANOI / YANGON / LAHORE / SINGAPORE / PHNOM PENH / WELLINGTON / MANILA – South Korea’s capital metropolis and close by areas will shut bars and nightclubs, restrict spiritual gatherings, and prohibit service at eating places, in a bid to comprise a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections, the well being minister mentioned on Sunday.

The Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company (KDCA) reported 330 new every day coronavirus circumstances as of midnight on Saturday, a drop from 386 reported the day earlier than, however the fifth straight day of greater than 300 new circumstances.

The third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks is more and more in full swing. The state of affairs is extraordinarily severe and grave.

Park Neung-hoo, Well being minister, South Korea

“The third wave of COVID-19 outbreaks is more and more in full swing,” Well being Minister Park Neung-hoo mentioned at a briefing. “The state of affairs is extraordinarily severe and grave.”

A nationwide outbreak was being pushed by clusters of infections within the densely-populated Seoul metropolitan space, he mentioned, dwelling to round half of the nation’s 52 million residents.

From Tuesday, main espresso outlets within the Seoul space might be required to solely provide takeaway and supply service, whereas eating places should near in-person eating after 9 pm. Different restrictions might be positioned on amenities like gyms, with attendance caps on spiritual gatherings and sporting occasions.

Earlier within the day, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun mentioned at a authorities assembly that preemptive distancing laws is perhaps wanted to go off a wider outbreak, Yonhap information company reported.

A KDCA official mentioned Saturday that the nation may very well be dealing with an outbreak that surpasses two earlier waves of infections, if it fails to dam the present unfold.

The tightened prevention pointers are aimed partly at permitting college students to go forward with extremely aggressive annual school entrance exams scheduled for Dec 3.

In complete, the nation has reported 30,733 confirmed circumstances with 505 deaths.

READ MORE: Malaysian PM requires APEC unity in opposition to COVID-19


Australia moved a step nearer to regular life on Sunday, opening some inside borders and easing restrictions in areas affected by COVID-19, because the overwhelming majority of the nation has seen no newly reported neighborhood infections or deaths for weeks.

South Australia, which final week turned the epicenter of the nation’s infections, reported no new neighborhood circumstances and lifted a drastic lockdown sooner than deliberate, with the state premier saying swift motion had prevented catastrophe.

The variety of lively circumstances within the state stood at 37 after an outbreak linked to a returned traveler from Britain compelled 4,500 individuals to quarantine.

Neighboring Victoria, the place 90 p.c of Australia’s 907 COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded, relaxed its masks guidelines on Sunday, saying they aren’t required exterior, and allowed bigger public gatherings. The state has had no new infections for 23 days.

New South Wales, probably the most populous state, reported no new neighborhood circumstances on Sunday for a fifteenth straight day. The state will open its border with Victoria on Monday.

There have been 12 new circumstances reported throughout Australia amongst travellers in lodge quarantine. There have been an estimated 88 circumstances lively all through the nation on Sunday.

Individuals stroll alongside the primary procuring road in Istanbul, Turkey, a number of hours earlier than a lockdown. On Nov 21, 2020. (EMRAH GUREL / AP)


Turkey on Saturday reported its highest every day variety of new coronavirus sufferers because the outbreak began.

Knowledge from the Well being Ministry confirmed that 5,532 individuals had been recognized with COVID-19 signs within the earlier 24 hours.

Since July, Ankara has solely reported symptomatic circumstances of coronavirus, a transfer that critics say hides the true scale of the outbreak.

The every day dying toll was 135, bringing the cumulative variety of fatalities to 12,219.


Afghanistan on Saturday recorded 140 new COVID-19 circumstances up to now 24 hours, bringing the nation’s tally to 44,503, the Ministry of Public Well being mentioned.

There have been 7,292 lively circumstances, it added.

Twelve extra deaths had been additionally recorded, lifting the toll to 1,675, whereas the variety of recoveries rose by 52 to 35,422. 


Bangladesh reported 1,847 new COVID-19 circumstances and 28 extra deaths on Saturday, taking the tally to 445,281 and dying toll to six,350, the Directorate Basic of Well being Companies (DGHS) mentioned.

The variety of recoveries rose by 1,921 to 360,352, mentioned the DGHS.


A Cambodian man has examined constructive for COVID-19 after having been in a quarantine middle for almost 4 weeks since he returned from Japan, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Well being (MoH), Or Vandine, mentioned in a press release Sunday.

The 27-year-old man arrived within the capital Phnom Penh on Oct 26 from Japan by way of a connecting flight in South Korea, she mentioned, including that the person had been positioned in a quarantine middle within the capital since then, after 4 passengers on the identical flight examined constructive on Oct 27 and Nov 8.

“On the thirteenth day of quarantine, the person’s samples had been taken for the fourth take a look at and the end result confirmed (on Saturday) that he turned out to be constructive for COVID-19,” she mentioned. 

Cambodia has to this point recorded a complete of 306 confirmed circumstances, Vandine mentioned, including that none have died and 295 have recovered.

A person reacts as a well being employee takes a  nasal swab pattern to check for COVID-19, in entrance of a store on the Delhi-Noida border on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Nov 21, 2020. (ALTAF QADRI / AP)


India’s federal authorities Saturday requested states to ramp up testing to examine the rise in COVID-19 pandemic.

India has performed greater than 130 million checks to this point, the ministry mentioned.

The nation has reported 9,095,806 confirmed circumstances and 133,227 deaths. On Sunday, 45,209 new circumstances and one other 501 deaths had been reported, in response to the newest information launched by the federal well being ministry.

There have been 440,962 lively circumstances within the nation, whereas 8,521,617 individuals had been discharged from hospitals after restoration.


Iran launched harder restrictions on Saturday to stem a 3rd wave of coronavirus infections, together with closing non-essential companies and journey curbs, however state media reported widespread flouting of the foundations.

Deputy Well being Minister Alireza Raisi mentioned the ten p.c of people that ignored the well being laws might unfold the virus to 80 p.c of the inhabitants, including that household gatherings had been the primary explanation for infections.

To encourage individuals to remain at dwelling, the federal government has ordered the closure of non-essential companies and providers in 160 excessive threat “purple” cities and cities, the place greater than 53 million individuals reside, in addition to a ban on vehicles leaving or getting into these areas. A 9-pm to 4-am ban on all driving can also be in drive in these areas. Rule breakers might be fined 10 million rials, or about US$37.

Pedestrians carrying face masks stroll within the rain previous closed outlets alongside a road in Iran’s capital Tehran on Nov 21, 2020.
(PHOTO / Autopresse.eu)

Lighter restrictions apply in some 208 decrease threat “orange” and 80 “yellow” cities, the place the high-quality for breaches is 50,000,000 rials.

President Hassan Rouhani mentioned in televised remarks on Saturday the two-week restrictions may very well be prolonged if the specified outcomes weren’t achieved.

Iran’s Well being Ministry reported 431 COVID-19 deaths over the previous 24 hours, taking the general toll to 44,327. Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari additionally instructed state TV that complete circumstances rose by 12,931 to 841,308. 


The Iraqi Well being Ministry reported on Saturday 1,786 new COVID-19 circumstances, bringing the nation’s tally to 533,555.

Of the brand new circumstances, 412 had been posted within the capital Baghdad, 275 in Kirkuk, 176 in Duhok, 169 in Nineveh, 119 in Sulaimaniyah, and 114 in Najaf, the ministry mentioned in a press release.

The ministry additionally reported 42 extra deaths and a pair of,646 new recoveries, elevating the dying toll to 11,925 and the entire recoveries to 463,040.

In response to the assertion, Saturday’s every day tally was the bottom since July. The ministry has recorded between 2,000 and 5,000 every day COVID-19 circumstances since July.


Japan could reimpose attendance limits for sports activities and different giant occasions to curb a spike in COVID-19 infections, Financial system Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura mentioned on Sunday.

The bounds can be utilized in areas of the nation seeing a pointy improve in circumstances, Nishimura mentioned on a chat present on public broadcaster NHK. The federal government imposed attendance limits earlier within the yr however relaxed them in latest months.

Japan reported 2,560 new COVID-19 circumstances on Saturday, hitting a brand new report for the fourth consecutive day, in response to the newest figures launched by the well being ministry and native authorities

The federal government was additionally contemplating easy methods to refund cancellation charges for patrons who booked journeys by way of a home tourism marketing campaign that was partially suspended on Saturday, Nishimura mentioned.

READ MORE: Japan to halt home journey marketing campaign in virus hotspots

Japan reported 2,560 new COVID-19 circumstances on Saturday, hitting a brand new report for the fourth consecutive day, in response to the newest figures launched by the well being ministry and native authorities.

The brand new infections took the nation’s tally to 130,915, not together with these recorded on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined close to Tokyo earlier within the yr.

The dying toll rose by 5 to 1,987, together with 13 from the Diamond Princess.

Moreover Tokyo, which recorded a report 539 new circumstances, Osaka prefecture additionally posted a report 415 contemporary infections.


Malaysia has registered 1,041 new COVID-19 circumstances, the Well being Ministry mentioned on Saturday, bringing the tally to 53,679.

Of the brand new circumstances, two had been imported, the ministry’s Director-Basic Noor Hisham Abdullah mentioned in a press assertion.

Three extra deaths had been additionally registered, taking the dying toll to 332.


Mongolia recorded 26 extra COVID-19 circumstances on Sunday, all domestically transmitted, bringing the variety of infections within the nation to 608, in response to the Nationwide Middle for Communicable Illnesses (NCCD).

Thus far, the nation has reported 182 native circumstances, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD’s Surveillance Division, mentioned at a press convention.

Greater than half of the confirmed circumstances within the nation had been asymptomatic, the official added.

Domestically transmitted circumstances have been reported within the capital metropolis of Ulan Bator, in addition to the provinces of Selenge, Darkhan-Uul, Govisumber, Orkhon and Dornogovi.


Myanmar recorded 1,434 newly confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and 27 extra deaths, in response to a press launch issued by the well being ministry on Saturday.

The brand new additions took the tally to 77,848 and the dying toll to 1,722 deaths.


Nepal’s Minister of Well being and Inhabitants Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal mentioned on Saturday that the Himalayan nation goals to restrict the COVID-19 circumstances under 600,000, till vaccines can be found.

Addressing an occasion titled “Function of Lawmakers for an efficient communication of COVID-19 pandemic and its dangers,” Dhakal mentioned that the Nepali authorities wished to see lower than two p.c of the inhabitants contaminated till there have been vaccines.

Nepal’s estimated inhabitants at present stands round 30 million, in response to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

As of Saturday, Nepal has reported a complete of 218,639 COVID-19 circumstances, in response to the well being ministry. 

ALSO READ: Japan to halt home journey marketing campaign in virus hotspots

New Zealand

New Zealand reported 9 new circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday, the Ministry of Well being mentioned in a press release.

All the brand new circumstances concerned latest returnees who examined constructive for COVID-19 whereas in managed isolation, the ministry mentioned.

The nation has reported 1,672 confirmed circumstances in complete. There have been 50 lively circumstances in New Zealand, the ministry mentioned. 

The Philippines

The Division of Well being (DOH) of the Philippines reported 1,968 newly confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the nation’s an infection tally to 418,818.

The DOH mentioned 10,957 extra sufferers have recovered, elevating the entire variety of recoveries to 386,486. 

The dying toll climbed by 43 to eight,123, the DOH added.

The Philippines has reported lower than 2,000 new circumstances for 13 consecutive days. The DOH, nevertheless, mentioned there have been nonetheless areas that had been seeing an increase in circumstances.

“We’re at reasonable threat already,” Well being Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire mentioned throughout a web based briefing over the weekend, including that the DOH is intently watching these areas with virus clusters.


Tens of hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of a hardline Pakistani cleric within the jap metropolis of Lahore on Saturday, defying a authorities ban on giant public gatherings within the wake of rising COVID-19 circumstances within the nation.

Khadim Hussain Rizvi, 54, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, simply days after main a violent protest march to the capital, Islamabad, in opposition to the publication in France of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Each day coronavirus infections have risen in Pakistan this month, and the federal government banned large occasions and conferences because it declared the nation was witnessing a “second wave” after a three-month lull in circumstances.

Official information launched on Saturday confirmed 2,843 individuals had examined constructive for the virus and 42 had died over the past 24 hours – each figures the very best for a day since July.


Singapore’s Ministry of Well being (MOH) reported 5 new COVID-19 circumstances on Saturday, bringing the nation’s tally to 58,148 with 28 deaths.

All the new circumstances had been imported.

Six extra sufferers had been discharged from hospitals and neighborhood isolation amenities, taking the variety of recoveries to 58,064, the ministry mentioned.

There have been 22 lively circumstances being handled in hospitals, of whom one was in intensive care.


Vietnam recorded one newly confirmed case of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing its tally to 1,306 with 35 deaths, in response to the Ministry of Well being.

The brand new case concerned a 38-year-old Vietnamese man who not too long ago returned from overseas and was quarantined upon arrival, mentioned the ministry.

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