South Korea studies case spike, US states tighten controls

Beijing, July 25

South Korea on Saturday reported greater than 100 new coronavirus circumstances for the primary time in 4 months whereas South Africa introduced a surge in infections and a few US states tightened anti-disease controls.

South Korea’s 113 new circumstances included 36 staff coming back from Iraq and 32 crew members of a Russian freighter, the federal government stated. Authorities had warned to anticipate a spike in circumstances from overseas and appealed to the general public to not be alarmed.

China, which has relaxed most of its anti-disease controls after case numbers dropped off, reported 34 new circumstances in a brand new surge of infections. That included 29 that have been contracted inside the nation.

Worldwide, a complete of 638,352 deaths and 15,672,841 circumstances have been reported, based on knowledge compiled from authorities bulletins by Johns Hopkins University.

South Africa, Africa’s hardest-hit nation, reported greater than 13,104 new confirmed circumstances, elevating its complete to 408,052. The authorities has reported 6,093 deaths.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday stated colleges will “take a break” for a month to guard kids. Despite rising infections, restaurant and hospitality staff protested this week, demand a loosening of restrictions on their industries.

India, the nation with the third-highest an infection complete behind the United States and Brazil, reported its demise toll rose by 740 to 30,601. The authorities reported a surge of 49,310 new circumstances, elevating its complete to 1,287,945.

The Home Ministry issued an advisory Friday calling for Independence Day celebrations on August 15 to keep away from giant gatherings.

In the United States, Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi tightened controls on bars to guard “young, drunk, careless folks”. Bars already have been restricted to working at 50% capability. Now, patrons must sit right down to order alcohol and gross sales cease at 11 pm.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans ordered bars closed and banned eating places from promoting alcoholic drinks to remove. That got here after greater than 2,000 new circumstances have been reported for the encircling state of Louisiana, together with 103 in New Orleans.

Arizona reported 89 extra deaths, elevating the state’s fatality complete to three,142. The state reported 3,349 new circumstances, elevating its complete to 156,301.

The United States has suffered 145,391 deaths and has 4.1 million confirmed circumstances.

Millions of Americans who’re quickly out of labor face the lack of a $600 weekly complement to unemployment advantages that is because of finish July 31.

Legislators in Washington are negotiating a brand new reduction invoice. Democrats in Congress wish to renew the $600 complement. Republicans who management the Senate wish to restrict advantages to 70% of what folks made earlier than the outbreak.

In Australia, Premier Daniel Andrews of the southern state of Victoria introduced 5 deaths and 357 new circumstances. Victoria, the place the demise toll has risen to 61, earlier closed its border with neighboring New South Wales.

In Europe, French Prime Minister Jean Castex introduced travellers from the United States and 15 different nations the place viral circulation is robust should be examined on arrival except they will present proof of a unfavourable take a look at up to now 72 hours.

Other nations on France’s checklist vary from South Africa, Israel and Qatar to Brazil and Peru.

In Yemen, 97 medical staff have died of the virus, a severe blow to a rustic with few medical doctors that’s within the midst of a 5-year-old struggle, the humanitarian group MedGlobal stated in a report.

The “overwhelming death toll” may have “immense short-term and long-term health effects,” stated the report’s lead writer, Kathleen Fallon. — AP

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