S. Korea's new COVID-19 cases spike amid resurgence woes
SEOUL. KAZINFORM - South Korea's new coronavirus cases sharply increased Tuesday amid concerns about the virus' resurgence following eased social distancing restrictions, Yonhap reports.
The country added 18,147 new COVID-19 infections, including 171 from overseas, bringing the total caseload to 18,413,997, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.
Tuesday's tally nearly tripled from 6,253 the previous day and almost doubled from 9,894 a week ago.
The KDCA has said the pace of decline has recently slowed down amid waning immunity and eased social distancing rules.
The country added two COVID-19 deaths, raising the death toll to 24,576. The fatality rate stood at 0.13 percent.
The number of critically ill patients fell by 2 to 54, the KDCA said.
South Korea's COVID-19 cases have been trending downward since they peaked at an all-time high of over 620,000 in mid-March.
But the virus's pace of decline has recently slowed amid waning immunity and eased social distancing rules.
The weekly new COVID-19 cases stood at 59,844 in the June 26-July 2 period, up 21.2 percent from a week ago, marking the first jump in 15 weeks.
Authorities called for closer monitoring of the spreading virus, as its reproduction rate (RT) rose to 1.05, topping 1 for the first time in 14 weeks. An RT reading over 1 means the virus will continue its propagation, while a reading below 1 means the virus is doomed to extinction.
Of the 17,976 locally transmitted cases, Seoul accounted for 4,777 cases, with the surrounding Gyeonggi Province reporting 4,881 cases. There were 920 infections in Incheon, around 30 kilometers west of Seoul. The three areas accounted for 58.8 percent of all infection cases.
Health authorities warned of a virus resurgence as subvariants of the coronavirus are spreading and more people are traveling for summer holidays.
Russia records 23,771 daily COVID-19 cases, a new high since March 26 — crisis center
MOSCOW. KAZINFORM - Russia’s COVID-19 case tally rose by 23,771 over the past day to 18,770,657, the anti-coronavirus crisis center reported on Wednesday, TASS reports.
In absolute terms, the growth rate has been the highest since March 26, when 24,072 daily cases were recorded.
As many as 2,666 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Russia over the past day, up 3.6% from a day earlier. The number of hospitalized patients increased in 41 regions, while in 38 regions the figure decreased. The situation remained unchanged in six regions. A day earlier, 2,574 people were rushed to hospitals.
Moscow’s COVID-19 cases surged by 8,608 over the past day versus 4,781 cases a day earlier, reaching 2,877,323, according to the anti-coronavirus crisis center. St. Petersburg’s COVID-19 cases increased by 2,894 over the past day versus 2,639 a day earlier, reaching 1,575,669.
Russia’s COVID-19 recoveries rose by 14,552 over the past day, reaching 18,075,720, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday.
A day earlier some 13,092 patients recovered.
COVID-19 death toll
Russia’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 56 over the past day, reaching 382,902, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday.
A day earlier 60 COVID-19 deaths were registered.
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COVID-19 kills 49 more Iranians over past 24 hours
TEHRAN. KAZINFORM – The number of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran increased to 142,564 with 49 more Iranians killed by the deadly disease over the past 24 hours, Iran's Health Ministry announced on Tuesday, IRNA reports.
49 more Iranians have died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 142,564, Iran's Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
2,343 new cases of infection with COVID-19 were found over the past 24 hours, 695 of whom were hospitalized, it said.
The Iranian Health Ministry noted that 7,121,087 patients out of a total of 7,446,144 infected people have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.
1,499 COVID-19 patients are in critical conditions and in intensive care units, it added.
The Health Ministry also announced that 64,823,982 Iranians have received the first dose and 58,195,064 people have so far received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Moreover, 30,312,477 people have also received the third and fourth shots as the booster jab.
Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe exceeds 580 million — WHO
GENEVA. KAZINFORM - The overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded 580 million and the number of fatalities has exceeded 6.41 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, TASS reports.
As of 21:06 Moscow time on August 8, as many as 581,686,197 novel coronavirus cases and 6,410,961 coronavirus-associated deaths were registered across the globe. The number of confirmed cases grew by 1,736,720 since August 5 and the number of fatalities increased by 2,742.
The WHO statistics is based on officially confirmed data from the countries.
The biggest number of coronavirus cases was reported from the United States (90,706,508), India (44,161,899), Brazil (33,924,061), France (33,061,414), and Germany (31,228,322).
The biggest number of fatalities was reported from the United States (1,021,995), Brazil (679,275), India (526,730), Russia (382,786), and Mexico (328,006).