China and Korea delay college exams to keep lid on coronavirus

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Move comes as experts say Asia-Pacific region could have resurgence of new cases without continued action

Both China and South Korea have delayed key national college entrance exams over fears of a second wave of coronavirus cases, underlining the struggle countries face to return to normal life even after they have successfully reined in infection rates.

China’s crunch two-day annual “gaokao” test, taken by more than 10 million students last year, will be pushed back to 7 and 8 July, authorities said, as 48 new infections were reported on Tuesday, all of them imported, reversing four days of declines.

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Iran has reported 141 new deaths and 3,111 new cases of coronavirus, taking its totals to 2,898 and 44,606 respectively.

Shortages of protective health gear in India, facing an expected surge in cases, are forcing some doctors to use raincoats and motorbike helmets.

Russia recorded an increase of 500 cases, the biggest daily rise for the seventh day in a row, taking its total to 2,337, with 18 deaths. It also introduced severe punishments – including up to seven years in prison – for people breaking quarantine rules or spreading fake news about the coronavirus.

Indonesia confirmed 114 new coronavirus infections, bringing its total to 1,528, with 14 deaths.

A 12-year-old girl confirmed infected with Covid-19 has died in Belgium.

Germany reported a rise of 128 in its death toll to 583, with 61,913 confirmed cases, an increase of 4,615.

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