Coronavirus: New virus outbreaks in China and overseas rekindle concerns

Marco Green
February 21, 2020

Iran's health ministry reported two more deaths among 13 new cases of coronavirus in the Islamic republic, bringing the total number of fatalities to four and infections to 18.

Most of the cases are related to church services in the city of Daegu, in the southeast of the country, the agency added.

China's Hubei Province said that 271 cases were reported by its prisons on Thursday, including 220 that had previously not been known to provincial authorities.

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. At least 2,200 people have died, with the vast majority of those deaths occurring in mainland China.

A World Health Organization official noted the progress in China but warned it had not yet reached a turning point.

The Lebanon health ministry has announced the country's first coronavirus case.

The mayor of Daegu - South Korea's fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million - has advised residents to stay indoors.

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. Passengers who have tested negative for the virus are being allowed to leave the Diamond Princess, however, they will be required to endure another 14-day quarantine before they're allowed to board a flight home.

More than 100 American passengers remain in Japan, and USA health officials announced Tuesday that they will not be allowed to return home for at least two more weeks. Peng Yinjua, a respiratory doctor, died on Thursday. And the first case of infection on the continent of Africa was identified late last week, involving a person in Egypt who has tested positive for coronavirus but has so far shown no symptoms.

He also said an global team is working in China to investigate the virus and government's measures. A jail in the Zhejiang province has also reported a total of 34 infections, including 27 new cases this week.

In Beijing, health officials said 36 people, including medical staff, patients and their families, have tested positive for the virus at Fuxing hospital.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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