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Coronavirus newest: Hong Kong halts order for AstraZeneca vaccine as issues mount over variants

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South Korea will reimpose a ban on karaoke bars, nightclubs and another nightly leisure amenities because the variety of new coronavirus circumstances surge to three-month highs, elevating issues a few fourth wave of infections.

Chung Sye-kyun, prime minister, on Friday introduced the stronger containment measures to be efficient in Seoul and Busan, the nation’s two greatest cities, for 3 weeks from Monday. 

The nation has been grappling with cluster infections at church buildings, bars and gymnasiums within the densely populated areas.

The present 10 pm curfews on cafes, eating places and bars will probably be maintained whereas gatherings of greater than 4 folks will proceed to be banned, he stated.

“The fourth wave of virus infections, which we tried to keep away from so desperately, appears to be coming nearer and getting stronger,” Chung advised a each day authorities assembly on the pandemic.

Individuals put on masks as they cross a stream in central Seoul © Lee Jin-man/AP

The tighter measures come because the nation’s vaccination drive has hit a snag amid worries over situations of uncommon blood issues in individuals who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs. Well being officers on Wednesday determined to quickly droop use of the jabs for folks below the age of 60.

Chung advised well being officers to totally and swiftly evaluation the newest findings by the European Medicines Company on the protection of the vaccine.

He pressured that the federal government has secured sufficient vaccines to inoculate 12m folks, practically one-quarter of its 52m inhabitants, within the first half of this yr. The nation goals to succeed in herd immunity by November.

The federal government is predicted to announce its resolution on the weekend on resuming using AstraZeneca’s vaccine for folks aged below 60.

Day by day new circumstances hit 671 on Friday, close to the very best degree since January, growing the whole caseload to 108,269, with 1,764 deaths thus far, in accordance with the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company. 

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