SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Elias Hubbard
July 1, 2020

But such cases have bounced back to double-digit numbers since mid-June.

Almost 8.3 million out of about 21 million have undergone testing in recent weeks in the Chinese capital after an outbreak centered on a wholesale market.

- S. Korea reports 42 more cases of new coronavirus, total now at 12,757- No additional coronavirus death, total death toll at 282- 65 more people released after full recoveries from coronavirus, total cured patients at 11,429South Korea's new virus cases fell back to below 50 on Monday, but a continued rise in cluster infections, mostly tied to churches, put to the test the country's capability to fight the virus.

South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May.

The KCDC earlier said the country is now in the first of a three-level social distancing scheme as the number of daily new virus cases, mostly below 50, is manageable with its virus response capability.

Of the locally transmitted cases, 21 cases were reported in densely populated Seoul and the surrounding area.

But while health authorities had used aggressive testing and contact tracing to contain the outbreak in that region, they are having a much harder time tracking recent transmissions in the Seoul metropolitan area, where about half of the country's 51 million people live.

- Health authorities are using a saliva test for coronavirus in Australia's second-largest city. The total fatality rate stood at 2.20 percent.

Brett Sutton, Victoria's chief health officer, said the outbreak could surge out of control as restrictions ease elsewhere in Australia. "I think we're right at the edge in terms of being able to manage it", Sutton said.

Cluster infections tied to churches in the greater Seoul area have emerged as the bugbear in the country's virus fight.

Philippine officials say authorities in a central village may face criminal or administrative complaints for allowing a street parade and dance despite a strict coronavirus lockdown. While the Philippines has eased quarantine restrictions in most regions, Cebu city is under a strict lockdown following a spike in infections.

Kim voiced concerns that the country may have to brace for a protracted pandemic as the virus is still spreading fast. Because of the resurgence in the U.S., America may not be on that list.

"As the outcomes of foreign studies show, it appears to be an elusive hope to believe that herd immunity has been built in the community", Kwon said, adding that South Korea may not be different from other countries. She confirmed that Spain will reopen its borders with Portugal despite rising infections there.

Going forward, the center will conduct serology tests every two months, Kwon said, adding tests will be carried out on 1,000 people in Daegu and adjacent North Gyeongsang Province, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in July or August.

Travelers at Frankfurt airport, Germany's biggest, will be able to get an on-site coronavirus test before jetting off.

The UAE's state-run WAM news agency issued a statement late Sunday from the country's General Civil Aviation Authority announcing the decision.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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