Contagion in Korea in focus, Gold soars to new highs

22 Février, 2020, 03:28 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Coronavirus: South Korea records first death

South Korea has had a big increase in the number of cases of Covid-19, the coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, a city in central China, and which is sweeping the globe. Other deaths have occurred in France, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, and Taiwan.

The exact cause of death is being investigated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

More than 2,200 dead in China, including 500 in its prisons; 200 victims in South Korea; riots in Ukraine. Mayor Kwon Young-jin of Daegu has urged residents to stay inside, even wearing masks at home, to stem further infection.

The spike of infections in Daegu and several cases in Seoul, where routes of infections are not immediately traceable, have prompted health officials to declare that COVID-19 has begun spreading locally.

The 88-year-old Lee told his followers in an internal message that the virus was the work of the devil "to stop the rapid growth of Shincheonji", according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The Shincheonji said it had closed its Daegu branch and that services in other parts of South Korea would be held in individuals' homes or online.

All 600,000 enlisted troops in South Korea's military are restricted from leaving for vacation or meeting outside visitors after a 31-year-old army officer and a 22-year-old navy sailor tested positive, both after visiting Daegu.

Workers on motorcycles have been spraying disinfectant outside the Shincheonji church in Daegu.

She said: "This is the case where some individuals can either be much more infectious than others so that they may go on and infect many people or, equally, it can be related to their contact patterns".

Coronavirus: South Korea records first death

"We are seeing infections in some areas like Seoul and Daegu where it's hard to confirm the cause or routes of the infections", Kim Gang-lip, South Korea's Vice-Health Minister, said in a briefing.

The latest figures from China put the death toll from the disease at 2,236 people and total infections at more than 75,000. Showing symptoms does not necessarily mean somebody has the virus.

Separately, Moon also talked on the phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss cooperation in combating the virus.

The number is up from the previous day when it reported the lowest amount of new infections in almost a month, fuelling hopes that the epidemic is nearing its peak.

Daegu, South Korea's fourth-largest city, is located some 185 miles southeast of Seoul and has a population of 2.5 million.

There are 634 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off Yokohama in Japan.

However, while passengers on board were confined to their cabins around the clock apart from an hour of fresh air on deck, most crew did not undergo quarantine as they were needed to keep the ship running.

Daegu residents were told to stay indoors after dozens of people caught the new coronavirus in what authorities described as a "super-spreading event". Jung continued it was "difficult" to believe Patient No. 31 was the one who initially transmitted the virus to other worshippers at the church because there were a few other people at the church who seemed to have contracted the virus around the same time, which means they all might been exposed to some other source of the virus and then transmitted the disease to others on February 9 and last Sunday when they attended a church service.

Though South Korean officials insist the outbreak is still "manageable", the number of virus cases here has now doubled for three consecutive days.

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