Asia Today: South Korea sees most new cases in 3 weeks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea reported 67 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the largest daily jump in about three weeks amid an upward trend in new infections.
According to health authorities, 31 of the new cases came from overseas, while the rest were locally infected. It was the largest daily increase in 79 cases reported on May 28th.
The country has confirmed 12,373 cases, including 280 deaths
South Korea has had problems curbing an increase in virus transmissions since the beginning of May when it relaxed the rules on social detachment. Most new cases have been reported in the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul, where about half of the country's 51 million people live.
The new cases have been linked to nightlife facilities, church services, a large e-commerce warehouse, and door-to-door sellers.
For other developments in the Asia Pacific region:
- China's capital has seen a further drop in new confirmed coronavirus cases as tightening measures to curb spread persist. Officials reported 22 new cases in Beijing on Saturday, along with five others across the country. No new deaths were reported and 308 people remain in the hospital. One of the cases in Beijing is a nurse in a hospital in the Changping suburb. The Beijing University International Hospital, where she worked, is now subject to stricter restrictions, as are residential communities in the area. A total of 205 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Beijing since the outbreak began last week. At least two of them were seriously ill and eleven others were in serious condition.
- The Australian state of Victoria will reintroduce budgetary restrictions on Monday after a double-digit increase in COVID-19 cases on a fourth consecutive day. Victoria's Prime Minister Daniel Andrews says household meetings will be limited to five guests until midnight on July 12, and outdoor meetings will be limited to 10 people. Victoria saw 25 new cases on Saturday, the largest daily increase in two months. The planned relaxation of restrictions on cafes, restaurants and pubs from a maximum of 20 to a maximum of 50 guests will be postponed by three weeks. Companies scheduled to open on Monday for the first time, including gyms and cinemas, may do so, but with a maximum of 20 people.
- The outbreak of the corona virus in China has led to an increase in online shopping. Almost 4.7 billion parcels were delivered by postal and courier companies during a mid-year shopping spree, an increase of more than 48% over the previous year, according to the Post. E-commerce companies like Alibaba and JD.com have launched big promotions to turn June 1-18 into a shopping festival. China's advanced online retail and delivery services were the main beneficiaries during the pandemic, while brick-and-mortar stores were largely closed or forced to limit the number of customers.
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