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One year after first COVID-19 case in S. Korea; situation in other parts of world Updated: 2021-01-20 10:19:27 KST

Russia, with the fourth largest COVID-19 caseload in the world, has allowed students in the Moscow and Kaliningrad regions to return to their classrooms from mid-January.
Some are happy to be back in school, while others are worried about the virus.

"I am happy about the face-to-face classes because talking to the teacher in person is much better than talking online. You understand the course better and I am happy that online classes have ended."

But in Japan, measures have been ramped up as cases have spiked in recent weeks and a new variant has been reported.
Dining places were advised to stop operating from early January after the country declared a second state of emergency for 11 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka.
Until February 7th, restaurants and bars are advised stop serving alcohol by 7 PM and close by 8 PM, but some are not following the advice.

"There are people who can't have dinner until after 8 PM, just like me. For some people, eating out is cheaper than cooking at home, so that's why some are still dining out."

Meanwhile in Malaysia, daily cases were mostly in double-digits back in September, but due to cluster infections in November, the number has surged and is now above three-thousand cases a day.
Six regions including the capital, Kuala Lumpur, went into a second lockdown starting mid-January.

"The first lockdown was quite strict because we weren't allowed to go out. But, the good part is that we managed to get the virus under control. Under the second lockdown, thankfully, small businesses are allowed to operate."

During the two-week lockdown, residents can only leave their homes for food and basic necessities, or when there's a medical emergency.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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