South Korea records highest Covid case numbers as wave of infections sweeps Asia Pacific

South Korea has recorded its highest one-day case total of the pandemic so far as Covid outbreaks in countries across the Asia Pacific region gather pace.

The Delta variant is responsible for a growing wave of new cases in the region, which had previously managed the pandemic with some success, and the slow pace of vaccinations in countries including 韓国, Australia and Thailand is causing frustration.

韓国, where just 10% of the population is fully vaccinated, authorities on Thursday reported record new cases for the country, と 1,275 の場合 24 hours to midnight on Wednesday, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

The government warned on Wednesday it was considering raising movement restrictions to the highest level as the fourth wave was spreading rapidly, especially among unvaccinated people in their 20s and 30s. A growing number of highly contagious Delta variant cases raised new worries.

Of the country’s 52 百万人, 30% have received at least one shot, the majority of them aged over 60. South Korea’s total Covid infections stand at 164,028, と 2,034 死亡者(数.

オーストラリア, the state of New South Wales – the country’s most populous – reported its highest daily cases of the Delta outbreak so far. The state recorded 38 new local cases, 含む 20 people who were in the community for part or all of their infectious period, as state premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to further restrict their movement.

There have been 395 locally acquired cases reported since the latest outbreak began on 16 六月. 月曜日に, a two-week lockdown was extended to 16 7月. Business NSW estimates the lockdown is costing the state AU$1bn (US$750m) a week.

オーストラリア, a country of 25 100万, has immunised less than 10% of its population over 16 and is struggling to secure sufficient supply of the Pfizer vaccine – the dose the country’s peak medical body recommends for anyone under 60. The country is producing a million AstraZeneca doses a week, インクルード Sydney Morning Herald reports. The government has said that 2.8m Pfizer doses will arrive in July.

Elsewhere in the region, タイ recorded 7,058 ケースと 75 死亡者(数, a new one-day record. Cases have continued to spread in Bangkok, despite the closure of restaurants, bars, gyms, and schools. The agency handling the country’s outbreak has said it would consider further lockdown measures, if these are proposed by the health ministry.

As of last week, より少ない 1% of Thailand’s seniors and 3% of people with underlying conditions had been immunised, Bloomberg 報告, while just 5% of ordinary citizens had been filly vaccinated.

Meanwhile the lead scientist from the Sinovac trials in インドネシア has died of suspected Covid. Indonesia has relied on Sinovac to vaccinate its health workers, 131 of whom have died since June and most of whom had been vaccinated with the Chinese Covid vaccine.

日本 was set to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo through 22 August to contain a new wave of infections, a key minister said on Thursday, as the organisers consider banning all spectators from the Olympics starting in about two weeks.

Medical advisers to the government have said for weeks that having no spectators at the Games would be the least risky option amid widespread public concern that the influx of thousands of athletes and officials will fuel a fresh wave of infections.

Organisers have already banned overseas spectators and have for now set a cap on domestic viewers at 50% of capacity, まで 10,000 人. Talks to finalise the restrictions on the spectators are expected either on Thursday or on Friday.

In more positive news, 中国 報告 17 new Covid cases for 7 July compared with 57 a day earlier, the national health authority said on Thursday. Wednesday’s case total was the highest daily tally of infections since 30 1月.

Two of the new infections on Thursday were confirmed locally transmitted cases, both in Yunnan province, the National Health Commission said in a statement. The rest were imported. There were no new deaths. The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, 立っていました 10.

China has now reported 91,966 confirmed coronavirus cases, the commission said. The death toll from the coronavirus remained at 4,636.