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- Despite its strict "zero-COVID" policy, COVID cases in China are on the rise.
- As of 21 March, China has reported 11,180 new cases in the last 24 hours.
- Hong Kong is set to lift a ban on flights and ease its social distancing restrictions.
The deadly virus has reared its ugly head once again in some countries. Reports from nook and corner are hinting at another challenging time for us.
In China, the evolving COVID-19 outbreak has prompted lockdowns in multiple locations and closure of businesses, hampering the country's economy.
China has been keeping the virus under control using tough lockdown measures, mass testing and travel restrictions. Despite its strict "zero-tolerance policy towards COVID”, the Asian country is battling its biggest COVID-19 outbreak in two years.
Authorities around the country have responded with different preventive measures to the latest COVID-19 spread. Some cities have also been closed off. Reportedly, Shanghai has shut schools and launched a city-wide testing program.
As per WHO reports, there have been 818,612 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 10,625 deaths in China, from 3 January 2020 to 18 March 2022. China has reported 11,180 new cases in the last 24 hours, as of 21 March 2022.
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Along with China, other Asian countries such as the Republic of Korea and Vietnam have reported a daily increase in the number of cases. As of 21 March 2022, Korea reported 209,169 daily cases and Vietnam reported 166,207 daily cases.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong is set to lift a ban on flights from different countries from next month. It will also reduce the quarantine time for travellers to stay in hotels. The country is also set to open its schools and in-person teaching from next month. The government will start relaxing social distancing restrictions from next month.
Similarly, despite many countries witnessing a record rise in COVID-19 cases, Europe is considering lifting pandemic restrictions across many countries.
Amidst the already terrorised situation of COVID-19, Israel has recorded cases of new COVID variant last week. The new variant is the combination of Omicron’s dominant subvariant BA.1 with newer BA.2.
As the cases are on the rise, there are concerns that this outbreak could put the healthcare system under strain. The need of the hour is to take proper measures and get more people vaccinated.
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