South Korea mobilizes against drastic increase in Covid-19 cases

Authorities in Iraq tested people arriving from Iran. AFP  Haidar Hamdani

Authorities in Iraq tested people arriving from Iran. AFP Haidar Hamdani

"We are specially concerned about the rapid increase in cases in ..."

"Using the word "pandemic" now does not fit the facts but may certainly cause fear", he added as the number of cases continued to mount internationally and financial markets spun lower.

More than 300 cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus sect in Daegu with some 9,300 members either quarantined or asked to stay at home, according to the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Italy had imposed more stringent measures than other European countries after the outbreak began, barring flights beginning January 31 to and from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Most of the bacterial infections were being in the Shia Muslim holy metropolis of Qom.

South Korean vice health minister Kim Gang-lip told the media: "In Daegu, the number of new cases that are being confirmed by tests is quite large, and if we fail to effectively stem community transmissions in this area, there would be a large possibility (that the illness) spreads nationwide".

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan imposed travel and immigration restrictions on Iran.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said necessary treatment tools such as respiratory support machines are "in short supply in many African countries and that's a cause for concern". In South Korea, authorities reported a seventh dying and dozens extra cases on Monday.

Scientists around the world are scrambling to analyze the virus, but a vaccine is probably more than a year away.

There also was growing concern over the difficulty of detecting the virus.

The annual meetings of the National People's Congress and its chief advisory body usually begin about March 5 and run for more than two weeks, bringing thousands of delegates to Beijing for discussions, speeches and political ceremony. The virus originated late past year, apparently in an illegal wildlife market in the city of Wuhan.

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President Xi Jinping urged companies to get back to perform, however he stated the epidemic was nevertheless "serious and sophisticated, and prevention and regulate operate is in the most hard and essential phase".

In Iran, their reported coronavirus cases only slightly increased, in comparison, but their death toll rose sharply.

The friend has since tested negative, however, illustrating mounting frustration among authorities worldwide over exactly how the virus spreads and the duration of its incubation period.

The country's Health Ministry rejected that, insisting the death toll remained at 12, with total infections numbering 61.

Austria briefly suspended train services over the Alps from Italy after two travelers coming from Italy showed symptoms of fever. But the spike in the number of cases in Italy and South Korea, the world's eighth and twelfth largest economies, raises fears of a pandemic and ups the stakes for businesses and investors.

"The changes have been dramatic", said Daegu resident Nah Young-jo, who described an increasingly empty city of few passersby and closed restaurants.

The United Kingdom, where four new cases were confirmed from the people who arrived after the quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan, saw its benchmark FTSE 100 index drop 3.2% at 7,167.24. A third passenger, a Japanese man in his 80s, died on Sunday.

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