SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea has confirmed an additional 62 cases of the coronavirus over a 24-hour period, as the country continues to struggle with new clusters after easing social distance rules.
The additional cases reported on Sunday brought the total to 12,715 with 282 deaths.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11,364 of them have recovered, while 1,069 remain in quarantine for treatment with COVID-19.
The agency says 40 of the newly reported cases were infected domestically, while the rest 22 came from abroad. It says that 26 out of 40 domestic cases were discovered in the densely populated metropolitan area of Seoul.
South Korea has been struggling to suppress a spike in new cases since its rigid social distancing rules eased in early May. The new cases have been linked to night clubs, church services, a massive e-commerce warehouse, and low-income workers.
In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
– China reports 17 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, all but three of domestic transmission in Beijing, which has recently seen a spike in coronavirus infections. But authorities in the Chinese capital say a campaign to test workers at hair and beauty salons across the city has so far found no positive cases, a further sign that the recent outbreak has been largely brought under control. No new deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving China’s reported total at 4,634 out of 83,500 confirmed cases. Tens of millions of Chinese traveled during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival that ended Saturday, but anti-crowding measures were in place across the country. Tourist sites had to limit visitor numbers to 30% of the capacity.
– The Victoria state in Australia has stepped up efforts to contain a spike in COVID-19 cases by mandatory testing of all travelers returning from abroad. The state government said on Sunday that travelers in mandatory quarantine will be tested twice – on the third and eleventh days of their 14-day isolation. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said those who refuse to comply should remain in quarantine for another 10 days to ensure they do not pose a risk to the wider community. On Sunday, a total of 49 new cases of the coronavirus were recorded in Victoria, which have risen sharply in recent days. Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, reported three new cases on Sunday, while Western Australia reported only one.
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