Updates on COVID-19 epidemic across the world

S. Korea reports 438 COVID-19 cases, total 5,766

SOUTH KOREA confirmed 438 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking total infections to 5,766.

The Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention also said three more deaths from the virus were reported, bringing the total to 35.

2,922 COVID-19 confirmed cases reported in Iran 

IRAN received international aid to support its efforts to fight COVID-19 yesterday, while more countries in the Middle East took further steps to stop the spread of the virus.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that a large consignment of aid was shipped to Iran from the World Health Organization. Earlier Wednesday, the first humanitarian aid from the French government was handed over to Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund, China, Turkey and Austria, as well as the European countries, have also provided medical supplies to Iran to help contain the coronavirus, Mousavi added.

Meanwhile, Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education said that the novel coronavirus has infected 2,922 people across the country, 92 of whom have died. A total of 552 people have recovered and left hospital.

COVID-19 cases rise to 285 in France

COVID-19 cases in France rose to 285 on Wednesday, up by 73 from a day earlier, Health General Director Jerome Salomon said at a daily briefing over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Death toll from the disease stayed at four, while 15 patients are being treated in intensive care, according to the senior official of the French Health Ministry.

A sign reading “shortage of FFP2 protective face mask, chirurgical face mask and alcohol hand sanitizing gel” is seen at a pharmacy in Dieppe, northeastern France yesterday.

Most of the new cases were detected as a result of the identification of so-called “contact people” of identified clusters, said the official.

Of all the cases, 172 patients are part of an identified chain of infection, while 52 were infected during their trips to affected countries. Investigations to trace the chain of infection of another 65 are still underway.

COVID-19 cases rise to 1,037 in Japan

CONFIRMED COVID-19 cases in Japan have reached 1,037 in total, according to latest figures released by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare today. 

Of the confirmed cases, 706 are passengers and staff members with the Princess Diamond cruise ship.

COVID-19 cases in Italy jump to over 2,700

A TOTAL of 2,706 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy since the epidemic first broke out, up from 2,263 cases on Tuesday evening, the Civil Protection Department said yesterday.

In addition, there have been 107 deaths, up from 79 fatalities communicated Tuesday, while another 276 patients have recovered, up from 160 recoveries a day before, said Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli.

Tourists with face masks visit the Colosseo in Rome, Italy yesterday.

“There are 1,346 patients hospitalized with symptoms, 295 are in intensive care, while 1,065 are in isolation at their homes,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.