Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

CDC issues coronavirus warning against nonessential South Korea travel

CDC issues coronavirus warning against nonessential South Korea travel

On Wednesday, South Korea, that has emerged as the new center of the disease outbreak, after China, reported 169 new cases bringing the total number of infected cases to 1,146.

The U.S. armed force reported its very first instance of the coronavirus on Wednesday, in a 23- year-old soldier based in Camp Carroll, concerning 20 kilometres (124 miles) fromDaegu The camp is likewise near a handicap centre that has actually had its very own episode of the infection. She visited the post exchange at Camp Walker outside Daegu on February 12 and February 15, USFK said, but there are no immediate indications that others were infected.

The leader of the Shincheonji Church said it had agreed to provide authorities with the names of all its members in South Korea, estimated by media at about 215,000 people.

Busan, South Korea's second-largest city, reported eight new cases and Gyeonggi Province reported one new case Wednesday morning, the KCDC said. South Korea has also seen a stream of cases.

Most of the new cases are connected to the south-eastern city of Daegu, with a growing illness cluster. Here, a religious congregation of an obscure religious sect called Sinhcheonji (translates to "new heaven and land") has led to such rapid surge in cases. On Tuesday, Japan issued a similar recommendation against traveling to Daegu and Cheongdo cities in South Korea's southeast where a bulk of COVID-19 infections have been reported.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned the novel coronavirus is the worst public health crisis facing the country since its founding, as new outbreaks continued to expand in South Korea and Italy, raising fears of a global pandemic.

The first USA soldier tested positive for the coronavirus in South Korea overnight.

An additional 126 confirmed infections have been reported in the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao as well as Taiwan, with two deaths in Hong Kong and one in Taiwan, according to China's National Health Commission.

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Most cases are in China, where the virus originated in December, as well as Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. But now with more aggressive testing, mild cases are being diagnosed and isolated.

Italy reported a total of six deaths and more than 220 confirmed infections on Monday.

Kuwait's KUNA news agency said 12 cases have been confirmed there, and Bahrain's state-run news agency said it had 26 cases.

But schools remain closed, Beijing has a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people returning to the capital, and authorities are keeping some 56 million in Hubei and its capital under lockdown. Italy had taken Europe's most stringent preventative measures and yet became home to the biggest outbreak outside Asia.

He added, however, that countries should do everything they can to "prepare for a potential pandemic" - a term is used to describe an illness that spreads across numerous communities.

In Japan, which has reported four deaths and 850 cases mostly on a cruise ship docked near Tokyo, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said it was too early to talk about cancelling the Tokyo Summer Olympics due to start on July 24.

While South Korea faces this risky situation, raising the country's threat level allows the government to implement drastic restrictions.

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