Tightening measures in Sydney, Seoul and Bangkok

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Measures have been tightened in two Asian metropolises and in Australia’s major city of Sydney because of rising CoV case numbers.

In Sydney, masks will be compulsory from tomorrow in shopping malls and public transport, among other places, as well as for employees in the hospitality industry, as the head of government of the state of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, announced today. Violations are to be punished with up to 200 Australian dollars (about 126 euros). Recently, there had again been increased local cases in the port city and the surrounding area.

In addition, only up to 30 people will be allowed to attend sports classes, and only up to 100 at weddings and funerals. Indoor events and protests will be limited to 500 participants, and outdoor events to 2,000. The number of deaths per 100,000 population in Australia is 3.64, according to the Johns Hopkins University database, compared with 70.33 in Austria.

Staggered requirements in South Korea
For South Korea’s capital Seoul, authorities extended the second-highest level CoV requirements until Jan. 17. This means that gatherings of 50 or more people are banned, and gyms and venues such as karaoke bars and dance clubs must close. Eateries are only allowed to serve guests until 9 p.m. In South Korea, the rate of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants is 1.78, which is even lower than in Australia.

Tighter regulations also in Bangkok
In Thailand’s capital Bangkok, the authorities also reacted to rising infection figures and imposed a partial lockdown. Bars and discotheques have been closed since today, and the sale of alcohol in restaurants is also no longer permitted. Boxing stadiums, cockfighting rings and beauty salons are also affected by the measures, according to authorities. In addition, all public schools have been closed for two weeks. In Thailand, the ratio of deaths per 100,000 inhabitants is only 0.09.

Around a dozen coronavirus testing stations are to be set up across the city. “We don’t want extreme measures like a lockdown and imposing a nighttime curfew, but we need a stronger means to prevent a new wave,” a spokesman for the relevant authority said.

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