New Cases of Coronavirus Registered in South Korea

Andrew Cummings
February 21, 2020

The World Health Organization warned nations could face a serious problem if they fail to "hit hard now" against the virus, which has infected more than 75,000 in China and over 1,100 overseas. The Wuhan Women's prison has reported 230 cases of the virus, while the Shayang Hanjin prison reported 41 on Friday.

After the city's borders were closed on January 23 and all incoming and outgoing flights canceled, other nearby cities in Hubei province also implemented their own policies restricting the movement of people.

Nonetheless, outbreaks continue to emerge, and 13 people have now died outside mainland China.

The total number of suspected cases of novel coronavirus infections has dropped in China, with fewer people still under medical observation, a health official said on Friday.

USA citizens who have recently traveled to the Hubei province of China, where Wuhan is located, will be quarantined for up to 14 days, US health officials said.

In South Korea, the number of cases almost doubled to 204, making it the hardest-hit country outside China.

Eleven Americans who were evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have tested definitively for coronavirus, bringing the case count in this country to 26, USA health officials reported late Thursday.

The mayor of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million - has advised residents to stay indoors, while access to a major U.S. base in the area has been restricted.

Businesses in the province were set to reopen Friday.

The 12-member team, which arrived in China on Monday, was initially designated to visit only Beijing, Guangdong and Sichuan provinces as the Hubei province and its provincial capital Wuhan was conspicuously absent from the list.

The 11 passengers whose tests came back positive for coronavirus were part of a group of 13 high-risk passengers who had been at Travis Air Force base in northern California since the cruise ship evacuation, the AP reported.

An Israeli also tested positive upon returning home - becoming his country's first COVID-19 case.

"If we don't hit hard now using the window of opportunity we might be faced with a serious problem", World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

Among those, 258 were outside Hubei, ending a 16-day streak of new infections falling in the rest of the country.

"In total there were five cases. of which two have been fatal", he said. Peng Yinjua, a respiratory doctor, died on Thursday.

New hotspots were found in prisons and hospitals. Two passengers who were aboard the vessel and tested positive for the virus, have since died. Eight officials were fired over the issue.

They have since been transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which has a biocontainment unit and is specially designated to treat highly infectious diseases, CNN reported.

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