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More cases of new coronavirus reported worldwide

More cases of new coronavirus reported worldwide

Feb 27, 2020

Tokyo (Japan), Feb 27: Japan's neighbor continues to see a sharp rise in the number of infections from the new coronavirus. For the second straight day, South Korea saw a record number of cases.
More than 300 were reported, bringing the total to nearly 1,600. The majority stem from a church group in the southern city of Daegu. Twelve people have died.
The spike in cases is postponing joint military drills between South Korea and the United States scheduled to take place in the spring.
A tally by NHK shows that more than 2,600 people have been confirmed infected in over 40 countries and territories outside of mainland China and Japan.
Meanwhile in China, authorities confirmed more than 400 new cases, bringing the total in the mainland to nearly 78,500. The death toll jumped by 29 to 2,744.
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the World Health Organization is sending a warning to Europe.
WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said, "To the governments in Europe, the message is-be prepared. And when there are patients, they should be treated with dignity and compassion, and good communication with the public."
The WHO, along with European health officials, wrapped up a two-day assessment in Italy after a surge in cases in the country's north. It says similar outbreaks are likely to happen in other countries.
By Wednesday, 400 people tested positive in Italy. Twelve people have died. Nearly a dozen towns in the country's north have been placed in virtual lockdown.
Several nations in multiple continents are reporting cases stemming from the outbreak ... including Brazil.
In the first confirmed case in Latin America, a man was diagnosed after he returned from a business trip to northern Italy.
Authorities in Spain have quarantined more than 700 guests at a hotel in the Canary Islands after 4 tourists from Italy were found to be infected.
They say the guests will remain in isolation for 14 days.
Algeria also traced its first case to an Italian man who entered the north African country earlier this month.
The growth of the virus is sparking fears of a pandemic.
But the president of the United States is downplaying the risks to Americans a day after health officials in his country warned it's not a matter of if but when the virus will spread.
US President Donald Trump said, "The number one priority from our standpoint is the health and safety of the American people. Because of all we have done, the risk to the American people remains very low."
Donald Trump appointed the vice president to head up the country's coronavirus response team.
Moments after he spoke, the US Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case in the country with no known links to another patient or to travel abroad.
The person is from California.
There are 60 cases now in the US, including 42 passengers who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked near Tokyo.
Source: NHK World