EbeneInfo – UA – Asia Today: Seoul tightens virus rules, closes nightclubs

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea is imposing stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to combat the resurgence of coronaviruses, as the country has recorded more than 300 new cases for the fifth consecutive day

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said on Sunday that authorities had found 62 virus clusters in the past two weeks He said the tougher Seoul area distancing guidelines would be enforced for two weeks at from Tuesday

Under the rules, nightclubs and other high-risk entertainment facilities must close and late-night meals in restaurants will be banned Customers will not be allowed to eat or drink in cafes, cybercafés or fitness centers, while audiences for sporting events will be limited to 10% of the stadium capacity

South Korea reported 330 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, bringing its total to 30,733, including 505 deaths

– Japan’s health ministry said the daily tally of confirmed coronavirus cases hit a record for the fourth day in a row on Sunday at 2,508 Japan has so far seen less than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths, thus avoiding death toll in hardest-hit countries But fears grow about another wave A wave of criticism from opposition lawmakers and the public has criticized the government for being too slow to end to its “GoTo” tourism campaign, which encouraged travel and dining with discounts Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga canceled the campaign on Saturday, but only after many people had already booked their trip for a three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan Airports and restaurants are crowded Some say government should have offered pay for cancellations, or step up PCR testing instead, if the goal is to keep the economy running amid a pandemic

– India has registered 45,209 new cases amid a sharp increase in festival season in the capital and many other parts of the country At least three states – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat – have imposed nighttime curfews in many cities The health ministry also recorded 501 deaths in the past 24 hours on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths to 133,227

– The states of South Australia and Victoria eased COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday as Australia enters summer in a better position to fight the hardest hit Victoria virus , spent 23 days without a new infection In response, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced a number of changes to restrictions Wearing a mask outdoors, which was until now mandatory, is no longer mandatory where the social distancing is possible Masks should always be worn indoors and worn at all times Home gatherings of up to 15 people will be allowed and up to 50 people may congregate outdoors Up to 150 people will be allowed to weddings, funerals or indoor religious services Residents of South Australia emerged from a statewide lockdown at midnight on Saturday and are now able to visit bars and restaurants in groups of up to 10 people and organize gatherings of up to 50 people with social distancing

– Authorities conduct mass tests and close schools after China reports three new cases transmitted to the country in the past 24 hours – two in the northern province of Inner Mongolia and one in Shanghai city of Manzhouli, Inner Mongolia, to start testing all of its residents on Sunday, a day after the two cases were discovered City has suspended classes and closed public places, telling residents not to gather for banquets Local authorities in Shanghai discovered another case on Saturday after testing 15,416 people following recent locally transmitted cases The city is testing all residents of Pudong New Area district China is already conducting mass tests on up to 3 million residents in the country’s northern Tianjin city after five cases were discovered there last week The total number of confirmed cases in China is 86,431

– Sri Lankan authorities say more than 600 cases of coronavirus have been detected in heavily crowded prisons across the country as infections rise in the capital and its suburbs In total, 652 cases have been detected in five prisons of this island country, including 609 prisoners and 43 guards Sri Lankan prisons are very crowded, with more than 26,000 inmates crammed into facilities with a total capacity of 10,000 Sri Lanka has seen a new outbreak of the virus since last month, when two clusters – one centered on a garment factory and one at a fish market – emerged in the capital, Colombo, and its suburbs There were 16,251 confirmed cases in the two groups Sri Lanka recorded a total of 19,771 cases, including 83 deaths

South Korea, Coronavirus, Yonhap News Agency, Seoul

EbeneInfo – UA – Asia Today: Seoul tightens virus rules, closes nightclubs

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