Australia has reported its first death in 2021 from locally acquired coronavirus, while cases of Covid-19 have grown in China and continue to rise in South Korea.
The Australian state of New South Wales is fighting for an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, setting a record in 2021 of 77 new cases of the virus on Sunday.
A woman in her 90s died on Saturday in Sydney after testing positive for Covid-1
“I expect the number in New South Wales to be greater than 100 tomorrow,” Berejiklian said. “I will be shocked if it is minor.”
On Saturday, there were 50 cases, which was a record in 2021. This brings the recent outbreak to 566 cases.
South Korea reported 1,324 new cases of coronavirus from midnight Saturday, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, down from a record 1,378 the day before. Reported cases are often dipped over weekends with fewer tests, and authorities have warned that cases may continue to rise.
The wave has seen far fewer serious infections than previous waves with many of South Korea’s older and more vulnerable residents being vaccinated against the virus. Overall, approx. 11% of South Korea’s 52 million people completed vaccination, while 30% received a dose. The tip is largely run by younger unvaccinated people, according to the KDCA.
The rise has prompted officials to impose the strictest level of social distance in Seoul and surrounding regions for the first time since Monday. South Korea’s total Covid-19 infections so far stand at 168,046 with 2,043 deaths.
China reported 24 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, down from 26 a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said. Twelve of the confirmed new cases were locally transmitted infections in the southwestern province of Yunnan. The rest was imported.
The number of new asymptomatic cases – which China does not classify as confirmed cases – rose to 17 from 16 a day earlier. Of the asymptomatic cases, one was a local transmission registered in Shaanxi Province.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in China was 92,039, while the number of deaths remained at 4,636.
In Europe, the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany increased by 745 to 3,736,165, data from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases shows on Sunday. The reported death toll rose by six to 91,231.
Meanwhile in Taiwan, chip maker TSMC said on Sunday that it was in the middle of the contract signing process to buy Covid-19 vaccine shots from Germany’s BioNTech, the Pfizer vaccine partner. “There are several parties. We are in the middle of the contract signing process. We will announce when the process is complete, ”said TSMC.