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COVID-19 cases spiking worldwide, Israel lifts mask mandate for outdoors
Updated: 2021-04-16 10:02:53 KST
Many countries around the world are continuing to grapple with the rapid resurgence of COVID-19 infections.
Japan's nationwide tally of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday reached over 4-thousand 5-hundred,… the highest figure recorded in nearly 3 months.
The uptick was led by an increase in cases in Osaka,… which has been reporting all-time high figures of more than 1-thousand 2-hundred cases for three straight days.
According to Japan's NHK news, the government has decided to add four more prefectures to those being placed under a quasi-state of emergency starting this coming Tuesday.

Brazil is facing a "humanitarian catastrophe" due to the government's failed response to COVID-19.
This is according to the NGO medical agency, Doctors Without Borders,… which urgently called for effective and coordinated measures from authorities to prevent further deaths.
According to the medical group, Brazil accounted for more than a quarter of global COVID-19 deaths last week.

With the recent spike in cases in Argentina, the government has decided to toughen COVID-19 restrictions in the country's capital.
The measures come after the country witnessed record-high daily figures this week, peaking at over 27-thousand cases on Wednesday.
Beginning Monday, schools will close and indoor sports, religious and cultural activities will be suspended until the end of April.

While some countries struggle to contain the spread of the virus, Israel has moved a step closer to normalcy.
The country's Health Minister on Thursday announced that people will no longer have to wear masks outside.
The lifting of mask mandates will begin Sunday, but people will still be required to wear masks indoors.
In the past four months more than half of the population have received second shots of the Pfizer vaccine.
Compared to January, which saw more than 10-thousand daily confirmed cases,… the country is reporting significantly fewer at around 2-hundred cases a day.

Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
Reporter : mjchoi@arirang.com