Over 500 cases of coronavirus reported in Chinese prisons

21 Février, 2020, 23:28 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • A South Korean health official sprays disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. — AFP

The spike in cases in two jails outside Hubei - in the northern province of Shandong and Zhejiang in the east - made up most of the 258 newly confirmed Chinese infections outside the epicentre province on Friday.

Seven guards and 200 inmates also tested positive for the virus at Rencheng Prison in eastern Shandong Province, the Shandong Provincial Health Committee told a news conference.

Wu Lei, director of Shandong's prison administration, said the new cases showed that "the implementation of our prevention and control measures has not been effective".

Another 34 cases were found at Shilifeng Prison in Zhejiang Province, leading to the ouster of its director and another official.

State newspaper People's Daily said the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, the Chinese authority for political and legal affairs, had set up a special team to investigate the outbreak in the prison in Shandong.

The window of opportunity to contain wider worldwide spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday, after cases were reported in Iran and Lebanon.

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Iran yesterday confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases, two of whom have died, with the outbreak there coming just as the country votes in a parliamentary election.

In South Korea, the number of cases nearly doubles, with more than 200 people infected, a lot of them linked to a Christian sect in the south. Most have been in Qom, a Shi'ite Muslim holy city where health officials on Thursday called for all religious gatherings to be suspended.

More than 18,260 people have been discharged from hospitals after successfully recovering.

Rome - South Korea has become the third largest hotbed of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, recording 204 cases as of Friday afternoon.

Looking to contain the virus, officials urged residents to stay at home.

Earlier in the day, provincial authorities said they would add back some cases to their tally of the disease, after they adjusted their methodology to count only cases that were detected with genetic tests, rather than with CT scans.

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