Countries which were already thought to have turned the tide on the deadly coronavirus pandemic appear to be facing a second wave of infections.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain will "turn the tide" on coronavirus in the next 12 weeks.
He said he can't promise that life in the UK will have returned to normal by June, but says it's "possible" we'll be on the downward slope by then".
But countries in Asia which thought they'd already passed the worst of the coronavirus pandemic are now experiencing new pockets of infection from sufferers returning home from abroad.
China has reportedly had no new domestic cases but 34 new infections among those who recently returned home.
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- London: 1,221
- South East: 340
- Midlands: 282
- North East and Yorkshire: 194
- North West: 220
- East of England: 147
- South West: 140
Northern Ireland: 177
Of the 34 imported infections, Beijing accounted for 21 cases, a daily record for the city.
That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China so far to 80,928, the health authority said in a statement on Thursday.
Singapore reported 47 new cases, of which 33 were imported, while Japan also reported three new cases on Wednesday.
The reappearance of the bug came despite claims by Japanese officials that there had been "no surge of infected patients that led to the collapse of the medical environment".
South Korea saw a jump of 152 new cases yesterday with many of those believed to have been imported, centring on a nursing home in Daegu, where 74 patients tested positive.
Professor David Heymann, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said the harsh measures had succeeded in stopping spread to other regions.
But he added: “The concern is what will happen after they end these measures.”
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