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UK sees biggest surge in daily cases in months Updated: 2021-06-18 10:30:41 KST

The UK on Thursday reported 11,7 new COVID-19 cases,.. and another 19 deaths.
It's a sharp increase from the 9,55 cases reported a day earlier, and the highest since February 19th, when over 12-thousand cases were reported.
Health experts say the resurgence is linked to the more transmissible delta variant becoming the dominant strain.
However, a leading COVID-19 research center in the UK remains optimistic, saying the figures should peak in around 10 to 14 days' time, and in a month, cases could be lower than now, and be more manageable.
With over 42 million people having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, over 80-percent of British adults have now been jabbed.
In Japan, although the country as a whole is seeing a decline in daily figures, Tokyo,.. the host city of the Summer Olympics is seeing a resurgence.
Of Japan's 1,554 new cases Thursday, 452 cases were in Tokyo, 13 more than the previous week.
The Japanese government, however, has decided to lift the state of emergency on June 20th in nine metropolitan regions, including Tokyo, citing the recent decline in new cases.
Brazil's medical system is on the brink of collapse, as the number of patients in intensive care is exploding.
According local media, 11 out of Brazil's 27 states are reporting over 90-percent occupancy of ICU beds.
Three states have 80-percent occupancy, while six others are reporting 70-percent.
The country confirmed over 95-thousand new cases on Thursday, with nearly 3-thousand deaths, the highest daily death toll since April.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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