First China Death Since April; Disney Site Opens: Virus Update

First China Death Since April; Disney Site Opens: Virus Update

First China Death Since April; Disney Site Opens: Virus Update Photo

China recorded its first Covid-19 death since April as new clusters continued to expand. South Korea reported more than 500 more cases and could extend its current social distancing level and ban on private gatherings with five or more people.

California opened a vaccine center “Super POD,” or point-of-dispensing site, at Disneyland in Anaheim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is mulling new measures that could allow for expanded travel, after unveiling coronavirus testing requirements for people flying into the U.S. Montana’s new Republican governor reversed virus measures imposed by his Democratic predecessor.

Australia defended its use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Montana’s new Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, reversed Covid-19 restrictions imposed by his Democratic predecessor.

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South Korea is likely to extend its current social distancing level and ban on private gatherings with five or more people, Yonhap News reported. Senior health ministry official Yoon Tae-ho told reporters he believed the immediate easing of social distancing and measures on small gatherings would be difficult.

South Korea reported 524 new Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, down from 562 the previous day, according to data from the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency. The number of daily cases in the country -- which is among the places battling a resurgence of the virus following early success containing it -- was below 600 for a fourth day.

It’s possible Japan may further extend the area covered by its emergency declaration, depending on the infection situation, Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told a parliamentary committee. His comments came a day after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expanded the declaration from Tokyo and the surrounding region to cover Osaka and other major economic hubs.

Stocks fell in the Southeast Asian nation, bucking broad gains in Asia, after authorities detected its first case of the more contagious Covid-19 variant that first appeared in the U.K. The Philippine Stock Exchange Index dropped as much as 0.9% to 7,180.88, heading for third-straight day of declines.

China recorded its first Covid-19 death since April, as clusters in its north continued to swell. The country reported 124 new local infections on Thursday, including 81 in Hebei province and 43 in Heilongjiang, the National Health Commission said. Another 78 asymptomatic cases were reported, including three that were imported.

The Hebei cluster’s expansion is fueling the risk of a full-blown outbreak as the Chinese New Year holiday -- a time of widespread travel -- nears. Hebei, which encircles the Chinese capital Beijing, had earlier locked down multiple cities and is set for another mass testing campaign.

Malaysia’s projection is based on current data, which could change after two weeks of targeted lockdown that began Wednesday, Malaysiakini reported citing Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is weighing new measures that could allow expanded travel after unveiling testing requirements for people flying into the U.S.

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