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This has brought the number of cases linked to the Nanjing epidemic to more than 460 since the middle of last month, prompting new travel restrictions, community lockdowns and the closure of Zhangjiajie, a city of 1.5 million people. inhabitants.
Such measures have been implemented with great success in the wake of local outbreaks as part of China’s “zero tolerance” approach to the pandemic, although they are considered to have a major impact. on society and the economy, sparking speculation that a new approach may be needed to allow the virus to circulate to some manageable extent.
China says it has administered more than 1.6 billion doses of the vaccine, although questions have been raised about the effectiveness of domestic vaccines.
Another 44 imported cases were reported on Friday and 1,370 people are currently being treated for COVID-19, 34 of whom are in serious condition, according to the National Health Commission.
China has reported 4,636 deaths out of 93,498 cases.
SEOUL, South Korea —— South Korea has said it will extend the most stringent distancing rules imposed on the greater Seoul area for two more weeks as its worst COVID-19 outbreak at home has no immediate sign of slowing down.
South Korea on Friday reported 1,704 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 207,406, including 2,113 deaths from COVID-19. This is the 31st day in a row that South Korea’s daily total has exceeded 1,000.