S.Korea joint military drills postponed

29 Février, 2020, 01:21 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • S.Korea joint military drills postponed

The virus infection soared for the past week, with 1,230 new cases reported on February 19-26. Many of those cases have been traced back to a 61-year-old female follower of the church who tested positive for the virus on February 18 as the country's 31st confirmed case.

A 61-year-old man in Sao Paulo, Brazil, who had recently visited Italy, is Latin America's first confirmed patient.

The United States has been paying the salaries for some 9,000 local employees with programmed funds after the Special Measures Agreement expired at the end of 2019 as negotiations continued.

US President Donald Trump put his vice president, Mike Pence, in charge of America's response, while France's President Emmanuel Macron rallied the nation.

As the epidemic expanded geographically, worries about the COVID-19 illness multiplied.

"He has also claimed to be the only person who can interpret the Bible, and SCJ allegedly regards all other churches and pastors as belonging to Satan", said MHA.

Central bank governor Lee Ju-yeol said he expected the economy to shrink in the first quarter, adding: "I believe the impact will be bigger than any other virus outbreaks".

Major gatherings have been eyed warily, with schools closing, churches moving services online, food deliveries booming and many business conferences and sporting events cancelled.

South Korea reported 505 more cases Thursday, bringing its total to 1,766.

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Since raising the virus alert level to "red", the highest level, on Sunday, health authorities have focused on halting the spread of the virus in Daegu, the epicenter of the virus outbreak here, and North Gyeongsang Province.

The South Korean and US militaries announced Thursday that they were postponing their annual joint drills due to concern about a viral outbreak that has infected soldiers in both countries' armed forces.

The US Indo-Pacific Military Command also restricted trips to South Korea, after a soldier tested positive for the new coronavirus.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is looking to ban activities of the unregistered Singapore chapter of a secretive church at the centre of South Korea's coronavirus outbreak.

China reported 433 new cases along with 29 additional deaths.

Some countries are reacting to the surge in infection cases in South Korea by imposing restrictions on entry by South Koreans. The coronavirus, officially known as COVID19, has originated past year in Wuhan, the capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei.

In Europe, an expanding cluster of more than 440 cases in northern Italy was eyed as a source for transmissions.

"I don't think it's inevitable", Trump said of the spread of the virus, in apparent contradiction of officials from the CDC, who said a day earlier that the spread of the disease in the U.S. is inevitable. Most of the previously confirmed USA cases had travelled to China, were evacuated from the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, or were family members of those cases.

In another worrisome development, the cumulative number of virus patients in Busan - South Korea's second-largest city with 3.5 million people - rose to 65, with 32 patients linked to a Christian church in the Dongnae district.

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