China and Egypt among countries to suffer coronavirus surge after relaxing restrictions


There has been a surge in coronavirus cases in countries where restrictions have been eased (Picture: .)

Covid-19 cases have increased in several countries around the world as restrictions have been eased.

China reported its highest daily total of new coronavirus cases in two months on Sunday and infections in South Korea also rose, showing how the disease can come back as nations open back up.

Meanwhile, Egypt reported its biggest daily increase on Saturday and infections were rising in some US states as President Donald Trump pushed for businesses to reopen despite warnings by public health experts.

China had 57 new confirmed cases in the 24 hours to midnight on Saturday, the National Health Commission reported. 

That was the highest since mid-April and included 36 in the capital, Beijing, a city of 20 million people.

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Medical personnel wearing protective suits gather at the Guang'an Sport Center before a swab test for people who visited or live near Xinfadi Market in Beijing on June 14, 2020. - The domestic COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China had been brought largely under control through strict lockdowns that were imposed early this year -- but a new cluster has been linked to Xinfadi market in south Beijing. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Medical personnel wearing protective suits gather at the Guang’an Sport Center before a swab test for people who visited or live near Xinfadi Market in Beijing (Picture: .)

Beijing’s cases were all linked to its biggest wholesale food market, which was shut down on Saturday, the official China News Service reported, citing the city’s disease control agency. 

It said 27 worked there and nine had direct or indirect exposure to it.

The Xinfadi market was closed after 50 people tested positive for the virus in the Chinese capital’s first confirmed cases for 50 days.

The world is seeing more than 100,000 newly confirmed cases every day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

China, where the pandemic began in December, and other countries that suffered early on including South Korea, Italy and Spain have seen numbers of new infections decline. 

epa08482004 A test taker (L) has their body temperature checked before entering a venue for a public servants exam in Seoul, South Korea, 13 June 2020. Around 200,000 applicants are expected to gather at 700 test venues across the country to take the exams. EPA/KIM CHUL-SOO

Tests being carried in Seoul, South Korea (Picture: EPA)

South Korea’s government reported 34 more coronavirus cases, adding to an upward trend in infections.

The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said 30 of the new cases were in the greater Seoul area, where half of the country’s 51 million people live. 

New cases have been linked to nightlife establishments, church services, a large-scale e-commerce warehouse and door-to-door sellers.

In Latin America, Chile has the highest infections per million people with 167,355 cases and 3,101 deaths.

Personnel of the National Health Service interview and test a woman to detect possible COVID-19 cases in San Cristobal, one of the most affected locations in the Dominican Republic during novel coronavirus pandemic, on June 13, 2020. - The Dominican Republic reports 22,574 COVID-19 infections and 577 deaths so far according to the National Public Health Service. President Danilo Medina extended the national emergency declaration on June 12 for 17 more days to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, while extending the curfew for two weeks. (Photo by Erika SANTELICES / AFP) (Photo by ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP via Getty Images)

An image from the Dominican Republic (Picture: .)

Colombia has confirmed 46,858 cases and 1545 deaths from coronavirus since relaxing restrictions and in Mexico a further 3,494 infections and 424  fatalities were recorded.

The Egyptian Health Ministry announced 1,677 new confirmed cases.

Egypt is the Arab world’s most populous country and has its highest coronavirus death toll.

The country has reported 1,484 deaths and 42,980 confirmed cases.

In the US, the number of new cases in the south-western state of Arizona has risen to more than 1,000 per day from fewer than 400 when the state’s shutdown was lifted in mid-May, according to analysis by the Associated Press.

Brazil and India are also seeing large increases.

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