S. Korea reports 43 more COVID-19 cases, 12,800 in total

  • S. Korea reports 43 more COVID-19 cases, 12,800 in total

S. Korea reports 43 more COVID-19 cases, 12,800 in total

The South Korean authorities are planning to introduce a three-level system of social distancing in the country due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the state-run Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

Health authorities said they could regulate small-scale gatherings tied to churches if the virus continues to spread across the country through such meetings.

The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday brought the national caseload to 12,757, including 282 deaths.

The total global virus caseload surpassed 10 million on Sunday after the first outbreak was reported in China late past year.

The country is also struggling to stem cases coming in from overseas.

Twenty-four of the new cases were reported from capital Seoul and nearby metropolitan areas, which have been at the centre of a virus resurgence since late May.

Some governments are pushing ahead with reopening travel, particularly between countries where outbreaks of the virus appear to be contained, though the changing landscape of the pandemic suggests the process will be complicated and subject to change. It reported 12 additional imported cases.

Thus, the first level is recommended when the number of cases is manageable.

Bangkok: Thailand on Monday reported seven new coronavirus cases, all of which were imported, marking 35 days without community transmission.

South Korea has started full-fledged coronavirus antibody tests to determine the true extent of infections in the country, a senior health official said Tuesday.

In the Philippines, a Southeast Asian coronavirus hot spot with more than 35,000 confirmed infections, local officials were under fire for allowing a street parade and dance during a weekend religious festival to honor St. John the Baptist despite prohibitions against public gatherings.

"We call for people to take precautionary steps in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading through gatherings", KDCD Deputy Director Kwon Joon-wook said in a briefing.

Cases traced to a major church in Seoul's southwestern ward of Gwanak reached 31 as of noon, up three cases from the previous day.

South Korea has been dogged by rises in sporadic cluster infections since it relaxed strict social distancing on May 6 on the back of the flattened virus curve.

Health officials warned that they may consider expanding tougher infection preventive measures - now in place only in the Seoul metropolitan area - across the country if the virus situations get worse. Such cases are on a rise, putting a strain on health officials' virus fight.

In early May, the KCDC said it would carry out nationwide serology tests to discover the real extent of coronavirus infections in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

M - India has reported a new daily record of almost 20,000 new infections as several Indian states reimpose partial or full lockdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The country had 12 new cases Monday, including seven in Beijing, down by more than half from the day before, the National Health Commission reported.