World fears second wave of coronavirus infections after resurgence in China, others
London, May 11, 2020 (AltAfrica)-New cases of coronavirus infections have appeared in China, South Korea, Iran including Germany threatening hard-won gains in their fight against the virus.
Chinese authorities have reported 14 new cases, marking the first double-digit rise of daily infections in nearly two weeks. The majority of the cases occurred in northeastern province of Jilin.
Authorities immediately suspended rail traffic and designated the Shulan country a “high-risk” area. “Epidemic control and prevention is a serious and complicated matter, and local authorities should never be overly optimistic, war-wear or off-guard,” said Bayin Chaolu, secretary of the Jilin Community Party.
China’s Wuhan, where the first outbreak occurred, has seen its first case in over a month, a cluster of new cases have been linked to Seoul’s nightlife districts
In South Korea, authorities say there are 34 new cases, marking the first time in more than a month that the country has seen daily infections cross the 30 mark.
The new infections were largely attributed to nightclub revelers. President Moon Jae-in called on citizens to remain vigilant and not panic, but noted that “the damage to our economy is indeed colossal as well.”
In Germany, some 205 workers from a meat processing plant in western Germany have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
A cluster of cases has unnerved officials in Coesfeld, a town on the Dutch border, after it spread through shared housing for the factory’s mostly Eastern European staff. Some 950 of the 1,200 workers have so far been tested for the respiratory disease.
The Westfleisch factory has been shut down, and authorities have ordered all staff at all slaughterhouses in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to be tested for the virus. The spike in cases in Coesfeld has delayed the easing of restrictions on public life in the state.
The infection rate (R-value) in Germany has climbed again after restrictions were loosened
India is witnessing a rising number of infections among police officers. In the western state of Maharashtra alone, at least 786 officers have been found positive and seven have died, a police spokesman said on Sunday.
Maharashtra has reported over 30% of the near 63,000 COVID-19 cases in India with a bulk of them concentrated in financial hub Mumbai and the city of Pune.
The resurgence also coincides with the discovery of mutations in some strains of the coronavirus that suggest the pathogen may be adapting to humans after spilling over from bats.
The analysis of more than 5,300 coronavirus genomes from 62 countries shows that while the virus is fairly stable, some have gained mutations, including two genetic changes that alter the critical “spike protein” the virus uses to infect human cells.
Studies of the virus revealed early on that the shape of its spike protein allowed it to bind to human cells more efficiently than Sars, a related virus that sparked an outbreak in 2002. The difference may have helped the latest coronavirus infect more people and spread rapidly around the world.