South Korea reports 315 more coronavirus cases, total count rises to 2,337

01 Mars, 2020, 02:30 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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According to health officials in Daegu, a 77 year-old male who had been receiving treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital in Daegu, died on Saturday morning.

The victim was hospitalized in Wuhan - the epicenter of the outbreak - on January 1 and died 28 days later.

The state government has banned South Korea nationals from entering the state in view of the Covid-19 spike in the north Asian nation.

In eastern Europe, Belarus and Lithuania reported their first cases.

"This new case indicates that there is evidence of community transmission but the extent is still not clear", said Sara Cody, director of public health for California's Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley where tech giants like Apple and Google are based.

The South Korea coronavirus outbreak continues to rage as officials report an additional 256 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 2,022.

The ministry said it made a decision to speed up its investigations and take earlier action due to concern that there could be a health risk in the wake of reports linking the church's practices to a majority of coronavirus cases in the South Korean city of Daegu.

Authorities in Japan have declared a state of emergency on the northern island of Hokkaido.

The Korean government earlier pledged to take maximum quarantine steps in Daegu and its surrounding province to contain the virus.

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will shut their doors to public from Saturday until March 15.

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Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, however, clarified that "it is not a total ban for travelers from South Korea, but for travelers coming from North Gyeongsang province, Daegu and Cheongdo only". And a person who returned on a flight from Iran became the first in New Zealand.

"The person arrived in Auckland [from Tehran] on February 26 and travelled home in a private vehicle", it quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

Sporting events and music concerts could be affected as France raised the number of confirmed cases to 100.

It said South Korea nationals with expiring visas would only be allowed a seven-day visa extension.

The rapid spread of coronavirus raised fears of a pandemic on Friday, with countries on three continents reporting their first cases and Swiss authorities cancelling the giant Geneva auto show.

On Friday, the Health department reported that two more Filipino repatriates from Japan were transferred to hospital after showing symptoms of respiratory illeness while under quarantine at New Clark City in Tarlac.

An Italian man who arrived in Nigeria was confirmed as the first coronavirus case in Africa's most populous country.

A dog in Hong Kong is believed to have contracted the coronavirus, local media reported.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has updated the data twice a day at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time.

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