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Up to date: August 1, 2020 6:26:37 pm

Ever since Spain lifted a nationwide state of emergency on June 21, the variety of new coronavirus instances has steadily surged. A majority of the brand new clusters had been reported in Catalonia and Aragon. (File/AP))

With lockdowns and journey restrictions steadily being lifted amidst the continued Covid-19 pandemic, governments are bracing themselves for a possible second wave of infections. A sudden swell of instances in international locations like Singapore and South Korea, which had been earlier thought of success tales for rapidly and effectively containing the outbreak, has additionally set off alarm bells internationally.

The World Well being Organisation’s (WHO) official timeline of the coronavirus pandemic begins with a small cluster of instances first recognized in Wuhan, China. Regardless of a gentle surge in instances quickly after, the Chinese language authorities was in a position to largely stem the unfold of the virus by way of aggressive testing and strict lockdown measures.

Nonetheless, just a little over two months after China declared that it had efficiently contained the pandemic, the nation has began to report over 100 new instances per day. China will not be alone. A number of international locations internationally are displaying indicators of the same resurgence of Covid-19 infections regardless of reporting a big decline in instances merely a couple of months in the past.

Listed here are some international locations the place new instances are being reported as soon as once more

Hong Kong

Regardless of an preliminary lull within the variety of coronavirus instances being reported city-wide, Hong Kong is now within the midst of a 3rd wave of the pandemic. This time round, the numbers are larger than ever. Whereas it was reporting a mean of below 10 new instances a day lower than a month in the past, town is now reporting over 100 new instances each day.

Earlier this week, Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam urged individuals to remain at residence as town was on the verge of a “large-scale group outbreak”. Necessary use of face masks and the shutting down of dine-in eating places are amongst a brand new spate of measures launched by native administration to comprise the current outbreak.

After Hong Kong reported its first case in January, numbers remained low until March when abroad college students and different residents started returning to the nation. Whereas most individuals arriving within the nation had been made to bear necessary 14-day quarantine, some teams had been exempt from this rule.

In line with a BBC report, no less than 200,000 individuals — together with seafarers, air crew and a few firm executives — didn’t must bear quarantine in order that on a regular basis operations weren’t disrupted. Because of this, the territory witnessed a big spike in instances.

Social distancing measures had been revoked as early as June. This too has contributed to the rise in infections.


Earlier this week, Vietnam recorded its first Covid-19 case in over three months. Since then, Vietnam has been bracing for an increase in instances after a number of new infections had been reported throughout the nation. Well being officers are claiming that the contemporary instances have been attributable to a extra virulent new pressure of the virus that originated exterior the nation.

The central metropolis of Da Nang, the place a majority of the brand new instances have been reported, was put below lockdown on Tuesday. State officers are actually attempting to evacuate over 80,000 vacationers who had been visiting the favored vacation vacation spot this week. To assist ease the rising strain on hospitals, a sports activities auditorium was not too long ago transformed right into a Covid-19 care centre.

Earlier this 12 months, the nation was praised by the WHO for efficiently mitigating the affect of the pandemic. It was one of many first international locations to shut its borders and impose strict quarantine and speak to tracing measures.


Immediately, the island nation of Fiji recorded its first Covid-19 loss of life. The nation’s Well being Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed the demise of a 66-year-old man, who was in border quarantine after being repatriated from India.

Fiji had declared itself coronavirus-free as early as in June, this 12 months. Quickly after, as residents stranded in overseas nations started to return residence, the nation recorded 9 new instances. With the loss of life of the 66-year-old man, the overall variety of energetic instances now stands at eight.

Nonetheless, Waqainabete has confirmed that each one eight instances are in border quarantine. The Fiji authorities has maintained that the general public is protected and the island nation continues to be a “Covid-contained nation”.

South Korea

In June this 12 months, well being officers in South Korea confirmed {that a} second wave of infections was being witnessed within the nation. The east Asian nation had been thought to be one of many world’s main examples on how one can fight the pandemic, because it was in a position to comprise the unfold of the virus as early as April by way of aggressive testing and speak to tracing.

Nonetheless, in Could new clusters started to develop throughout the nation. The variety of instances rapidly started to escalate notably within the capital metropolis of Seoul and in Gwangju. “Imported instances” had been largely seen as the main issue contributing to the sudden rise in instances.


Ever since Spain lifted a nationwide state of emergency on June 21, the variety of new coronavirus instances has steadily surged. A majority of the brand new clusters had been reported in Catalonia and Aragon.

Because of this, contemporary lockdowns had been imposed throughout the nation and several other different European international locations, together with Britain, barred the entry of Spanish vacationers. Nonetheless, the international locations’ main coronavirus knowledgeable Fernando Simon says that the rise in infections will not be attributable to a second wave.

“A second wave could be when we now have uncontrolled, widespread group transmission,” he mentioned at a current press convention. In line with Simon, the outbreak is below management in most elements of Spain, aside from Catalonia and Aragon.

The nation recorded 1,229 new instances since Thursday, the sharpest surge on report since April 30.


Over the previous couple of weeks, Australia has been experiencing an unprecedented spike within the variety of new coronavirus instances by way of group transmission. Within the first week of July, Victoria’s complete caseload crossed that of New South Wales, and has solely risen additional since. The state’s capital Melbourne has change into the epicentre of the second wave of the pandemic within the nation.

New instances in Melbourne have continued to surge regardless of a three-week lockdown. The outbreak has additionally been held accountable for new clusters in different elements of the nation, together with Sydney and in areas neighbouring New South Wales (NSW).

The variety of native transmissions overtook the overall infections acquired abroad as early as in April. Regardless of this, the speed of an infection appeared to have been steadily reducing then.

Nonetheless, simply as authorities started to carry restrictions throughout the nation in June, new instances started rising in NSW and Victoria. The Victoria authorities was prompted to re-impose a six-week partial lockdown to comprise the unfold of the virus. Carrying a masks was additionally made necessary as soon as once more.


After the nation started to loosen up lockdown restrictions in April, Iran witnessed a speedy spike in coronavirus instances from mid-Could onwards. The rise in infections has additionally been accompanied by a steadily rising loss of life toll. In June, the overall variety of Covid-related deaths crossed 100 for the primary time.

Since June, the nation has been recording a mean of three,000 instances per day. As a result of rising numbers, Iran is now vigorously testing its citizenry. One in each 38 individuals had been examined by 22 July, BBC reported. The quantity of testing was significantly larger than on the onset of the pandemic.

In line with the international locations’ chief epidemiologist, the primary motive behind rising numbers is that they’ve begun to determine contaminated individuals with delicate to no signs. In line with Well being Minister Saeed Namaki mentioned individuals had been ignoring social distancing guidelines.

In an try and curb the unfold of the illness, authorities have reimposed restrictions on public gatherings within the capital metropolis of Tehran, and have made sporting a masks in crowded locations necessary all over the place.

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