COVID-19 in Asia: Hong Kong closes schools, India reports more than 300,000 new cases
Updated: 2022-01-20 17:15:24 KST
The government of Hong Kong plans to suspend face-to-face class in secondary schools from Monday due to a rise in COVID-19 cases among students and teachers.
Authorities said Thursday that schools will stay shut until February 7th, after the Lunar New Year holidays.
This comes after Hong Kong also halted in-person classes at primary schools and kindergartens last Friday.
This year, Hong Kong has seen dozens of cases of the Omicron variant, after the first local transmission was reported at the end of December.
Over in India, new daily COVID-19 cases topped 300-thousand on Thursday according to the country's health authorities.
This is the highest tally in about 8 months.
In May last year, India ran out of hospital beds and medical supplies as the daily number of cases went above 400-thousand.
Recently, cases have fallen sharply in big cities including New Delhi and Mumbai, but the virus continues to spread in rural areas and smaller cities.
Ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics, China's capital city of Beijing has also ramped up efforts to curb COVID-19 infections.
The city of Beijing has reported three domestically-transmitted cases among people who were symptomatic.
The city government said it will launch full inspections immediately over its cold-chain industry, after some infections were found to be among cold storage workers.
And in Japan, cases topped 40-thousand for the first time prompting local authorities to expand the stronger anti-virus measures to Tokyo and 12 other prefectures for three weeks starting Friday.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.