South Korea counts daily high of 40 virus deaths

Korea, Republic Of - South Korea says 40 more coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the highest daily fatalities since the pandemic started, as the country is grappling with mounting cases of coronavirus  in recent weeks.

The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Tuesday that it’s logged 1,046 new cases, taking the total caseload to 58,725 with 859 deaths. The country’s daily tally had been below 1,000 in the past two days, apparently because fewer tests were taken over the weekend. The agency says 17,163 people with active infections remain in quarantine and 330 of them are in serious or critical condition.

The 40 deaths are a record daily toll. Previous daily records were 24 deaths reported on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. Some observers say surging fatalities reflect an increase of cases at nursing homes and long-term care centres.

China on Tuesday reported 7 new cases of coronavirus infection in the capital Beijing, where authorities have ordered the testing of hundreds of thousands of residents. Cases have been clustered mainly in villages on Beijing’s northeastern edge, but authorities are wary of any spread in the capital that could deal a setback to claims it has all-but-contained local spread of the virus.

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