Test and trace program kicks off in the U.K., South Korea reports new COVID-19 cases
The United Kingdom launches the COVID-19 Test and Trace program. A group of 40,000 experts was formed for this purpose. The service will test anyone with coronavirus symptoms, and if they are found to be positive, they will have to hand over details of people with whom they have had close contact. These people, who are potentially exposed to the coronavirus, will have to self-isolate for up to 14 days, even if they show no symptoms of infection.
“That captivity for a tiny minority for a short-time will allow us to gradually release 66 million people from the current situation,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The United Kingdom has the second highest number of coronavirus-linked deaths in the world. The country’s total death toll stands at 37,500. The UK is the fourth worst-hit country in the world in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases. The country reported a total of 268,000 coronavirus cases.
The United States remain the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic. There is a significant gap between total number of reported coronavirus cases and fatalities between the U.S. and other countries. The COVID-19 infected more than 100,000 people in the country, Reuters news agency reported. Last week, twenty U.S. states reported an increase of coronavirus infections, despite the fact that in the first half of May the rising COVID-19 infections were reported only in 13 states. South Carolina has the highest weekly increase of the infection rate in the country, which amounted to 42 percent. The infection spread grew 28 percent in Alabama, 27 percent in Missouri, and 26 percent in North Carolina. These data were provided by the ‘COVID Tracking Project’ volunteer organization dedicated to collecting and publishing the data about COVID-19 in the U.S.
South Korea reported an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. 69 more cases of infection were registered in South Korea this week. Most of the infected patients worked at the logistics center in Bucheon, a satellite city west of Seoul.
Reported cases of COVID-19 infection worldwide stand at more than 5.7 million, which are nearly 100,000 more than yesterday. The novel coronavirus killed more than 355,000 people in the world. 2.4 million global COVID-19 patients reported to have recovered.