South Korea, USA postpone military exercises due to coronavirus

28 Février, 2020, 07:23 | Auteur: Yves Courtet

It said the number of cases reported globally on Feb 25 exceeded the number of new cases in China for the first time, marking a shift in the outbreak. Peru put specialists on round-the-clock shifts at its biggest airport, Argentina took the temperature of some new arrivals and El Salvador added bans for travellers from Italy and South Korea.

According to the latest data published by the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) on Thursday, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 1595, with 334 more cases confirmed.

Additional cases have also been reported in Switzerland, Kuwait, Spain, South Korea and Austria, according to the report.

On Friday, its National Health Commission reported 327 new cases and 44 deaths over the previous 24 hours.

The coronavirus has mainly battered China, causing 78,596 cases and 2,746 deaths.

South Korea's total is expected to increase further after checks began on more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country's cases. President Donald Trump declared that the US was "very, very ready" for whatever threat the coronavirus brings, and he put Vice-President Mike Pence in charge of overseeing the country's response.

Trump declared that a widespread USA outbreak wasn't inevitable, even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections were coming.

Having said that, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus advised diplomats in Geneva on Wednesday from speaking of a pandemic - which the WHO defines as the throughout the world unfold of a new condition.

In South Korea, there are now at least 1,766 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19, after the country reported 505 new cases on February 27.

Military drills involving troops from South Korea and the United States have been postponed until further notice, with soldiers from both countries among those infected.

Standing next to him at a White House news conference were health authorities who reiterated that Americans should be ready for what could become a wider outbreak requiring such steps as school closures.

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Despite that apparent progress in China, there are fears that COVID-19 could further disrupt one of the world's most important economies, which has already been grappling with the effects of a trade war with the U.S.

Latin America's first case was confirmed in a 61-year-old man in Sao Paulo who had recently visited Italy.

The US and South Korea have postponed joint military exercises that were supposed to start next week as a result of the growing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, officials announced this week. "Right now it's not the right time".

Almost 250 people in the country have been diagnosed with the virus. "South Korea has been hit pretty hard, Italy's been hit pretty hard", Trump said.

The measures came amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the Middle East.

Authorities in Zhongwei said the patient arrived in Shanghai on February 20 after flying from Iran via Moscow.

In France, a second person died - a teacher who had not visited any country with a known outbreak.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the USA was prepared to escalate its response to the novel coronavirus on a "much larger scale" should the pathogen continue to spread. "It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen - and how many people in this country will have severe illness", she said.

Asked if the USA had increased its stockpile of protective equipment such as face masks and gowns, he said: "We've ordered a lot of it, just in case we need it".

Worldwide, there are now 81,191 cases of the new coronavirus, according to a dashboard created by the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended foreigners' entry for the Umrah pilgrimage and tourism from countries where the virus has spread. Wuhan also accounted for 19 of the new deaths.

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