Coronavirus live news: South Korea to close bars and clubs amid fourth wave fearsavril 9, 2021 0 Par admin
In Australia, the government’s announcement last night that people under 50 should not receive the AstraZeneca vaccine due to risk of blood clots, unless it is clear the benefits outweigh the risks, has been wreaking havoc with Australia’s already fraught vaccine rollout.
On Friday, doctors’ clinics in Australia were inundated with calls from confused patients after Thursday’s vaccine announcement, with at least one GP warning has warned his clinic is considering withdrawing from the rollout due to delivery failures, “farcical” bureaucracy and a government funding model he says is inadequate.
Australia’s vaccine rollout, which has just reached the 1m mark, has so far administered 400,000 AstraZeneca doses, with just one instance of the blood clot issue, which has shown up in Britain and the European Union, where the rollout is further advanced.
The prime minister, Scott Morrison, told reporters in Canberra the Australian government had taken “necessary precautions” and acted on the “best medical advice” although the decision was one of the “setbacks and heartbreaks” in Australia’s Covid-19 journey, which was otherwise world-beating in its success.
Morrison was frank that it was “too early to say” what impact the development would have on the timetable of the rollout, which has already missed its target of 4m by April (by 3.4m doses) and the promise Australians would be fully vaccinated by October.
Speaking on Friday, Morrison said it was unclear what the new targets were for the country’s vaccine rollout, saying: “We’re not in a position at the moment to reconfirm a timetable.”
Hello and welcome to today’s coronavirus coverage. I’m Kate Lyons and I’ll be kicking things off.
Today we start with some concerning news from Asia, where various countries are looking at fears of a fourth wave of the virus.
South Korea will reimpose a ban on nightclubs, karaoke bars and other nightly entertainment facilities, authorities said on Friday, after the number of new coronavirus cases surged.
“Signs of a fourth wave of epidemics that we had so striven to head off are drawing nearer and becoming stronger,” Chung told a daily meeting on the pandemic.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun announced the curbs, which take effect on Monday for three weeks, after daily new case counts climbed to a three-month high in recent days.
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 671 new cases for Thursday, a day after the daily tally hit the highest level since early January, with clusters developing from churches, bars and gyms, mostly in the greater Seoul area.
Meanwhile in Japan, Tokyo has asked Japan’s central government for permission to implement emergency measures to curb a surge in a rapidly spreading and more contagious coronavirus variant, just over three months before the start of the Olympics.
Tokyo’s step follows Osaka in western Japan, which declared a medical emergency after its hospitals became overwhelmed with new cases.
Tokyo, which only came out of a state of emergency on 21 March, reported 545 cases on Thursday. Koike said she is alarmed by the rapid spread of the new variants, especially one initially detected in Britain.
“It would be a matter of time before Tokyo faces a situation similar to Osaka,” Koike said.