South Korea reports 1,896 new cases
South Korea on Wednesday reported 1,896 new cases for Tuesday, its highest daily increase, as the country struggles to control a fourth wave of outbreaks fueled by the most contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
The daily count broke a previous record set on July 22, as infections are spreading beyond the capital Seoul and its neighboring regions, where the strictest social distancing rules exist, Reuters reports.
There were 1,823 cases of national transmission on Tuesday and 33.5%, or 611, of which were from areas outside the capital regions, according to the Korea Agency for Disease Prevention and Control.
This is the first time that the number of cases outside the Seoul metropolitan region has surpassed the 600 mark since the first wave of Covid emerged from a church in the southeastern city of Daegu.
Tighter restrictions on social distancing went into effect in most parts of the country on Tuesday and will last for two weeks. Those areas will be under Level 3 sidewalks on a four-level scale, which will mean a curfew for dinners at 10pm (1300 GMT) and a ban on gatherings of more than four people.
Tighter curbs were enacted to prevent further spread of the coronavirus during South Korea’s peak summer holiday season.
The greater region of the Seoul area remains under Level 4 curbs that include a ban on gatherings of more than two people after 6 p.m.
US May Require Immunizations for Federal Workers
Joe Biden says that requiring all federal workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus is “being considered” as the Delta variant emerges.
Meanwhile, CNN has reported that the president will in fact announce a vaccine requirement for all federal employees and contractors, or undergo regular testing and mitigation requirements, according to a source the network said is close to the matter.
Concluding a speech for members of the intelligence community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence today, Biden answered a couple of questions from reporters.
A reporter asked Biden if he planned to administer coronavirus vaccines to federal employees.
“That is under consideration at the moment, but if you are not vaccinated, you are not as smart as I thought you were,” Biden said:
Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan.
South Korea has reported 1,896 new cases, its highest daily increase, as the country struggles to control a fourth wave of outbreaks fueled by the most contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. Thailand also reported a daily record of 16,533 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total cumulative cases to 543,361.
In the US, meanwhile, Joe Biden says that requiring all federal workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus is “being considered” while the US is “under consideration.”
Here are the other key developments of the last few hours:
- Plans to significantly open up international travel are expected to be announced on Wednesday, with United Kingdom ministers prepared to allow people who have been fully vaccinated in the US and EU to avoid quarantine if they arrive from amber list countries.
- Kuwait said it will only allow vaccinated citizens to travel abroad from August 1. reported the government communications office.
- Covid-19 cases in Iran hit a record for the second time in the same days today, reaching almost 35,000, as the health minister warned that there was little hope of improvement unless the public followed health precautions, state television reported.
- The UK and Germany “have protected Covid vaccine patents on human lives”activists have said as the World Trade Organization is reportedly about to delay a decision on whether to give up patents on Covid vaccines. The two countries are expected to resist efforts to allow poorer countries to produce their own vaccines, thus accelerating the global deployment of jabs.
- The main US health agency is expected to backtrack and recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the US where Covid is on the rise., according to reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to make an announcement later in the day reviewing guidance issued in May, which says that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most indoor settings.
- Schools closed due to the pandemic should reopen as soon as possible, the United Nations said., estimating that the education of more than 600 million children was at stake.
- Ireland is ready to open its vaccination program to 12-15 year olds following its national immunization advisory committee made a favorable recommendation. Chancellor Simon Coveney said the decision meant that “the benefit of vaccination can be extended to this much younger cohort,” but that parents would retain the right to decide how to proceed.
- Almost 99% of the people who have died from Covid-19 in Italy since February this year were not fully vaccinated. said the National Institute of Health.
- Another 18,000 New Zealand children fell into poverty during the first year of the pandemic. According to research, even though child welfare is one of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s top concerns.
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU has met the target of administering a Covid jab to 70% of adults in July., making good on a promise to “catch up” after a rocky start in launching the block vaccination.
- The 2,848 daily coronavirus infections in Tokyo on Tuesday were the highest in the Olympic host city since the pandemic began.officials said, but Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said it was “not a problem” for the games and Tokyo residents should focus on working from home to suppress the movement of people.
- Germany plans to introduce stricter controls on citizens returning from vacation in an attempt to control the growth of coronavirus cases.
- People who were counseled to protect themselves during the first wave of the pandemic were eight times more likely to contract Covid-19 and five times more likely to die after infection than the general population., one study indicated.