Singapore probes local chapter of sect linked to South Korea outbreak

29 Février, 2020, 05:25 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

Other major provinces and cities have also reported some infections, with Seoul's total rising to 62.

With an American service member among those infected, the United States has postponed scheduled joint military drills with South Korea and urged Americans to avoid travel to the country.

The total number of virus affected cases in South Korea has risen to 2,022, including 13 deaths.

The coronavirus outbreak is "getting bigger", the World Health Organisation said on Friday after Nigeria confirmed sub-Saharan Africa's first case, reiterating its warning that the virus could reach most "if not all countries".

As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in South Korea, the authorities are scrambling to find nearly 3,000 members of a religious group which practises an offshoot of Christianity.

The WHO reported that the number of new cases outside China on Tuesday exceeded the number of new infections inside the nation for the first time.

Crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, military bases were on high alert and quarantines were enforced from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to a remote island in the Pacific, as the world worked to halt the COVID-19 outbreak that for the first time counted more new cases outside China than inside the nation where the epidemic originated.

"The increase in cases outside China has prompted some media and politicians to push for a pandemic to be declared", he said.

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The infection numbers in the southeastern city of Daegu and North Gyeongsang stand at 1,314 and 394, respectively.

South Korea's answer to quick and safe testing of the new coronavirus may be a drive-thru clinic and the country's health authorities said Friday it plans to deploy more such facilities and spots across the country.

The government also ordered another 1,638 Shincheonji followers to self-isolate as they have shown symptoms, Yonhap News Agency said in its report.

The number of patients cured of the disease remained unchanged at 27.

Many of those cases related to the church 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.

Since then, the nation has seen an explosion in infections as it accelerated virus tests on potential cases.

Health authorities said the entire process will take only 10 minutes.

South Korea has released 26 fully recovered novel coronavirus patients from hospitals as of Friday morning, the KCDC said. The country has a total of 78,604 cases of the virus and 2,715 fatalities.

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