Not only in Korea, but also in the United States and Europe, as the number of corona confirmed cases is rapidly increasing, countries are taking out lockdown orders and emergency measures again. A growing number of European countries are implementing lockdown measures, such as London declaring a ‘majority’. In the United States, indoor restaurants have also been closed, and New York is considering canceling New Year’s events. In the US, there are also warnings that the next few months of this winter will be difficult.
Correspondent Kim Jong-won from New York.
A pizzeria in Washington DC, USA, is busy with customers, but only allows outdoor dining with chairs on the table.
The indoor business, which was resumed this spring, has been suspended again for the first time in a few months due to the rapid increase in the number of corona patients.
[식당 웨이터 : 지난해 목요일 날 확진자가 급증하면서 이 옆에 바들도 문을 닫았고요, 이렇게 실내 영업도 중단했습니다.]
New York, where year-end events such as musicals and Christmas performances are being canceled one after another, is finally considering canceling the famous Times Square New Year’s event.
[빌 드블라시오/뉴욕 시장 : 새해 행사는 지금 타임스퀘어 담당자들과 논의를 하고 있습니다. 크리스마스 전까진 행사를 취소할지 말지 결정할 겁니다. 다음 몇 주간 코로나 확진자 수가 매우 매우 매우 많이 치솟을 것으로 예상됩니다.]
Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease authority in the United States, said that the number of confirmed cases of Omicron is doubling every two or three days, and that in some parts of the United States, 50% of self-quarantined people are infected with Omicron.
[앤서니 파우치/백악관 선임 의료 보좌관 : 오미크론으로 인해 이번 겨울은 몇 주에서 몇 달간 힘든 시기를 보내게 될 겁니다.]
Meanwhile, in the UK yesterday (19th) alone, more than 12,000 confirmed cases, while in Italy, close to 30,000 new cases, the highest in more than a year.