Coronavirus — Second Wave Hits as Countries Open Up

  • The second wave of cases in South Korea was sparked by a man who knew he was infected and visited several nightclubs in Seoul.
  • The number of people infected with the virus is also growing in Germany.
  • For the first time in a month, a new case of COVID-19 has been reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 worldwide has exceeded four million. The easing of quarantine restrictions in some countries has contributed to the spread of the virus. Authorities in South Korea have closed restaurants again as the number of people infected with the virus continues to rise.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

The second wave of cases in the country was sparked by a man who knew he was infected and visited several nightclubs in Seoul. “We must never lower our guard regarding epidemic prevention,” President Moon Jae-in said in a televised speech marking the third anniversary of his inauguration.

“We are in a prolonged war. I ask everyone to comply with safety precautions and rules until the situation is over even after resuming daily lives.” There have been 34 new cases in the country, and President Moon has warned of a second wave of the virus.

The number of people infected with the virus is also growing in Germany. The country eased restrictions last Wednesday and 667 new cases were registered in Germany. Karl Lauterbach, a Social Democratic member of the Bundestag and professor of epidemiology, was worried after seeing large crowds outside on Saturday in his home city of Cologne.

For the first time in a month, a new case of COVID-19 has been reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which was the first epicenter of the virus. An 89-year-old man has contracted the coronavirus and is in critical condition. There were 14 new cases in China.

Children in the United States have been exposed to a severe form of the virus. In the United States, three White House staffers have been quarantined for contact with an infected person. In New York, three children died of asphyxiation. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the virus was mutated, and said it was even more dangerous for young children. Earlier, it was reported that young people are exposed to a mild form of the virus.

According to Cuomo, 85 children were hospitalized last week with the virus. The three children who died were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. However, doctors say the cause of the children’s deaths is still unknown. Cuomo also ordered all staff at the nursing home to be tested for the virus every two weeks. If a company that owns a nursing home fails to provide employees with tests, it will lose its license.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

Europe and Australia

France and Spain will ease restrictions next week. Eighty people died of the coronavirus in France on Saturday. This is the lowest figure since April. In Spain, the first phase of easing restrictions came into force on Monday. Residents can now take to the streets and up to 10 people are allowed to gather. However, in large cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the restrictions remain in place.

In Australia, 10 people were arrested on Sunday for staging a demonstration in front of Parliament against quarantine measures. About 150 people took part in the protest, violating the rules of social distance. Violators of quarantine restrictions will be fined $1,600 ($1,045). Australia is also gradually easing restrictions. From July, most restrictions will be lifted and the economy will move to recovery.

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