Australia suffered its worst day since the COVID-19 outbreak as countries in Asian continue to battle a second wave of infections.
Australia Reports Record Daily COVID-19 Deaths
Following several days of reporting new-case numbers below 400 Australia recorded 410 new infections Wednesday for its greatest rise in daily infections in three days.
There was a rise in fatalities attributed to the virus with the state of Victoria reporting 21 deaths Wednesday - the highest daily rise in deaths since the country reported its first case.
Health authorities in the Victoria capital of Melbourne have been trying to contain a cluster that has been identified as the reason for new infections.
Authorities imposed a night curfew and implemented stricter controls on movement. Many businesses have been temporarily closed.
NSW Warns of Stricter Rules Because of Increasing Infections
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said stricter rules would be imposed if people refused to wear masks or businesses failed to abide by anticoronavirus guidelines.
Berejiklian expected people in NSW to wear protective face masks when social distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, at churches or in shopping centers.
The state recorded 18 new coronavirus cases Wednesday.
Church-Linked Clusters Drive South Korea Cases to More Than 50
In South Korea daily new cases rose to more than 50 as the country fights cluster infections linked to religious groups.
There were 54 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday bringing national infections to 14,714. Of the new infections, 35 were locally transmitted and a significant number were traced to churches.
A church in Goyang has seen 33 confirmed cases. A separate church, also in Goyang, has logged 22 cases while a church in Gimpo reported 12 infections.
South Korea's largest outbreak was linked to the Shincheonji church in Daegu.
Lotteria Workers Contract COVID-19
Meanwhile, a new cluster was detected at a Lotteria fast-food restaurant in Seoul. Ten employees had tested positive as of Wednesday.
The first case linked to the cluster was a resident of Goyang who tested positive Tuesday. Three other Seoul residents tested positive later Tuesday and six new infections were confirmed Wednesday.
Local health authorities are tracking people infected employees may have had contact with in the past week.
Tokyo Cases Spike Again
Japan's Tokyo saw an increase of 222 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday.
The capital has been battling small outbreaks over the past month and it remains the worst-hit area of the country. Other large cities such as Osaka have also seen increases in daily infections.
As of Wednesday Japan had 48,928 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,052 deaths.