South Korea Records Deadliest Day of Pandemic

South Korea confronted its deadliest day but of the pandemic on Saturday, reporting 112 deaths in a 24-hour interval, because the nation battles a coronavirus surge fueled by the Omicron variant. Well being authorities reported that there have been 643 sufferers hospitalized in extreme or crucial situation on Saturday, up from 408 sufferers per week earlier.

The surge in South Korea, at the moment one of many worst on the planet, intensified over the past week, reaching a report of 171,452 instances in a single day on Wednesday. Since then, case numbers have remained at a excessive degree, with the federal government reporting 166,207 instances on Saturday. South Korea, a nation of about 50 million folks, is now reporting extra instances every day than the USA, a as soon as unimaginable improvement.

Regardless of having 86 % of its folks totally vaccinated, in keeping with Our World in Information, South Korea has recorded a 201 % enhance within the common of every day instances over the previous two weeks.

In response to a senior well being official, Lee Ki-il, who spoke at a briefing on Friday, the federal government has plans to safe extra hospital beds in March. He added that the federal government and the medical group have been doing their finest to “present no inconveniences to the general public.” Mr. Lee stated that the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company was ready to absorb and deal with as much as 2,000 sufferers with extreme instances of Covid-19.

The federal government has responded to the surge by specializing in the detection of the virus in high-risk teams — these of their 60s and older, in addition to folks with pre-existing medical circumstances — and treating solely essentially the most crucial instances. The bulk of people that check constructive are being requested to easily take care of themselves at dwelling.

That’s a part of the federal government’s new strategy of studying to dwell with the virus. Beginning in March, those that dwell with individuals who have examined constructive will now not be required to quarantine, no matter their vaccination standing. Beforehand, unvaccinated folks have been required to quarantine for seven days if somebody of their family examined constructive.

Gov. Cox provides an update on Afghan arrivals to kick off ‘Afghan Day on the Hill’

SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 23, 2022) — At the moment Gov. Spencer J. Cox kicked off ”Afghan Day on the Hill” by asserting that almost the entire 900 Afghans assigned to Utah for resettlement have arrived. He known as on Utahns to assist safe long-term housing for the ultimate 220 people which might require 50 models.

“We acknowledge the housing challenges being felt all through the state,” mentioned Gov. Cox. “We additionally know that having a secure and safe place to reside is a crucial want for Afghans constructing a brand new life in Utah. Our aim is to have everybody housed by the top of March.”

With the preliminary part of resettlement full, efforts will shift in direction of part two, which incorporates training, coaching and employment. Utah’s resettlement businesses and the state’s Refugee Providers Workplace are collaborating to make sure households have what they want for youngsters to achieve success, together with homework assist and mentors. A few of the $1 million raised by way of the Utah Afghan Neighborhood Fund has already helped buy laptops and cellphones for brand new households. 

“The Afghans now in Utah have been crucial allies to the U.S. authorities in Afghanistan and so they convey a bunch of abilities, skills and life expertise to our labor drive,” mentioned Gov. Cox. “They arrived in Utah with permission to work and we’re serving to them safe good jobs. They are going to be an exquisite addition in filling a lot wanted vacancies within the state.”

A number of payments working their means by way of the legislature will assist assist Afghan arrivals together with H.B. 163, which would supply entry to translation so Afghans can receive their driver’s license, a software that may impression their choices for employment and basic transportation. Gov. Cox counseled legislators for his or her willingness to tackle points impacting not solely Afghan arrivals but additionally refugees coming to the state.

Preliminary estimates for Afghan arrivals elevated to simply over 900 as a result of case measurement fluctuation (the variety of individuals arriving in a gaggle), individuals with connections to Utah selecting to resettle right here and walk-ins who make their method to Utah on their very own. Gov. Cox urged anybody with housing availability to ship a message to refugeehousing@utah.gov. 

Study extra about wants and alternatives for assist at:

Utah Refugee Providers Workplace

Catholic Neighborhood Providers of Utah 

Worldwide Rescue Committee

Obtain a duplicate of this press launch right here.

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