Published: Fri, February 21, 2020
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China prisons: early 250 cases of the new coronavirus

China prisons: early 250 cases of the new coronavirus

China, where the virus emerged in December, reported a sharp drop in new cases but the data was partly attributable to a change in how it diagnoses the virus and the figures could not quell growing alarm about its spread.

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.

More than 75,000 coronavirus infections have now been reported in China, and hundreds more overseas in more than 25 countries.

There are now 74,675 cases of the coronavirus in China, Tedros said, including 2,121 deaths in the country.

He did not say anything about the suspected source of the outbreak in Iran.

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

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 USA base in the area has been restricted.

Most people on the streets were wearing masks Friday, but many businesses were closed and workers sprayed disinfectant outside the church.

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Most of those cases were at the Wuhan Women's Prison in the province's capital, Chinese Bureau of Prison Administration Director He Ping (何平) told reporters.

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.

Three people have tested positive in Italy for COVID-19, the northern Lombardy region said yesterday - the first known cases of local transmission of the illness.

Ukraine's health minister has volunteered to spend two weeks in quarantine with 72 nationals who have been confined after being evacuated from China.

"We shouldn't trust anything until it's proven with science and evidence", Tedros said during a World Health Organization news briefing on Thursday.

The outbreak of the newly discovered COVID-19 coronavirus isn't showing any signs of slowing down as the number of confirmed cases worldwide reached 76,000, according to the latest numbers issued by health officials on Friday.

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

A 29-year-old Wuhan doctor died on Thursday, making him one of the youngest known fatalities of the epidemic and the eighth among medical workers.

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