SYDNEY (AP) — The outbreak in Sydney’s northern seaside suburbs has grown to 70 circumstances with an extra 30 within the final 24 hours, and authorities say they might by no means be capable to hint the supply.
Whereas the numbers are rising, New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian mentioned Sunday there hasn’t been proof of huge seeding outdoors the northern seashores group. A brand new checklist of circumstances, nonetheless, reveals the virus had unfold to better Sydney and different elements of the state.
The federal government has imposed a lockdown within the space till Wednesday. Residents will solely be permitted to depart their houses for 5 primary causes, together with medical care, train, grocery store, work or for compassionate care causes.
State Chief Well being Officer Kerry Chant mentioned that contact tracers are but to find affected person zero, however an in depth investigation is underway.
Elsewhere within the Asia-Pacific area:
— South Korea has recorded greater than 1,000 new coronavirus circumstances for the fifth consecutive day, placing stress on authorities to implement the hardest distancing guidelines that might additional harm the economic system. The Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company says it’s discovered 1,097 extra circumstances over the previous 24-hour interval, the very best day by day tally because the pandemic started. That places the nationwide caseload at 49,665, together with 674 deaths. About 70% of the brand new circumstances come from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan space, which has been on the heart of a viral resurgence. The tempo of the unfold has already met authorities circumstances for elevating social distancing guidelines to their highest stage. However officers have been reluctant to maneuver ahead with the measure out of worries for the economic system. The brand new step would ban a gathering of greater than 10 folks and shut a whole lot of 1000’s of non-essential companies.
— Thailand on Sunday reported two new native infections, a day after figuring out greater than 500 circumstances south of Bangkok in a rustic that had largely introduced the pandemic underneath management. The 548 circumstances on Saturday, most of them linked to the nation’s largest wholesale seafood market, come after Thailand noticed solely a small variety of infections over the previous a number of months attributable to strict border and quarantine controls. On Sunday, a 78-year-old seafood vendor in Bangkok who had visited the shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province examined optimistic. The opposite case was a lady in central Thailand who labored at a magnificence parlor within the north. Well being officers say a lot of the circumstances on the seafood market are migrant staff from Myanmar. The governor imposed an evening curfew and different journey restrictions in Samut Sakhon province till Jan. 3.
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