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Minister Kiril Ananiyev: Ukrainian citizen from Stara Zagora tested negative for coronavirus, the quarantine ended on 18 February

Minister Kiril Ananiyev: Ukrainian citizen from Stara Zagora tested negative for coronavirus, the quarantine ended on 18 February

19 February 2020 | 11:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The samples of the Ukrainian citizen from Stara Zagora have tested negative for coronavirus, the 14-day quarantine period ended on 18 February, said Health Minister Kiril Ananiev, Focus News Agency reported.

The 40-year-old man, who is a Ukrainian citizen living in Stara Zagora, returned to Bulgaria after a few months' stay in China on 4 February, the minister said. “Due to the lack of any symptoms, he was put in home quarantine in his apartment in Stara Zagora. On 14 February, his had a one-time rise in temperature to 38 degrees and on 15 February was transported to the infectious clinic of the Stara Zagora hospital. During his hospitalisation he was transported and escorted to the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases. The result of his sample was negative for coronavirus 2019. During the hospital stay he had no fever or any signs of disease. He only had a brief contact with his cousin, also a Ukrainian citizen, living in Stara Zagora.”

"On 18 February, his 14-day quarantine ended," said Minister Ananiyev.
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Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev: Bulgaria’s National Reference Laboratory has not proven coronavirus in primary material

Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev: Bulgaria’s National Reference Laboratory has not proven coronavirus in primary material

17 February 2020 | 10:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. At this point, Bulgaria’s National Reference Laboratory has not proven coronavirus in primary material and has not confirmed coronavirus found in another laboratory, the director of the Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev, told Focus Radio. He said more than 20 samples of people who had returned from China and who had displayed any symptoms of a respiratory tract infection were examined. Nine samples, which have been tested over the last five days, have been found positive for parainfluenza and influenza viruses but negative for the coronavirus, the epidemiologist said. According to Prof. Kantardzhiev, the measures taken in the country against the coronavirus are effective.

"The medical staff at the airports have been trained, thermal cameras are in operation, but most importantly, the passengers should have the right attitude. When a person has been in an epidemic region, the health authorities at the airport should be informed. They should also be informed of symptoms of high fever, rapid breathing, heaviness in the chest, or other symptoms of an infection. In this way, the health authorities will take the necessary measures at the very airport,” Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev explained.

The results of the Ukrainian citizen who is being monitored at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Stara Zagora are yet to be announced. He is a resident of Stara Zagora, but for the past three years he had resided in China, from where he arrived on 4 February.
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Guardian: False rumours on coronavirus could cost lives, say researchers

Guardian: False rumours on coronavirus could cost lives, say researchers

14 February 2020 | 06:00 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Misinformation and fake news on social media during infectious disease outbreaks, including the current novel coronavirus epidemic, can cost lives, according to researchers, The Guardian reads.

About 40% of people in the UK believe at least one conspiracy theory of some kind, say the researchers from East Anglia University. The figures are even higher in the United States and other parts of the world.

Their study, supported by Public Health England, looked at the impact of scare stories, rumours and false information about diseases such as norovirus, flu and monkeypox, shared on sites such as Twitter. It found that people who believed them were less likely to behave in a way that would protect themselves and others, such as washing their hands frequently and keeping away from other people if they have any symptoms.
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AFP: Vietnam quarantines commune of 10,000 over coronavirus

AFP: Vietnam quarantines commune of 10,000 over coronavirus

13 February 2020 | 08:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Vinh Phuc. Vietnam announced Thursday that a commune of 10,000 people will be placed under quarantine due to fears over the spread of the new coronavirus, AFP reported.

"As of February 13, 2020, we will urgently implement the task of isolation and quarantine of the epidemic area in Son Loi commune," said a health ministry statement.

"The timeline... is for 20 days".

There are 15 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Vietnam, five of them in Son Loi commune.
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Reuters: Jump in new coronavirus cases stymies stock rally

Reuters: Jump in new coronavirus cases stymies stock rally

13 February 2020 | 05:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Singapore. Asian stock markets wobbled on Thursday while safe-havens such as the yen, gold and bonds rose as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the outbreak’s epicenter jumped, Reuters reports. China’s Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated, reported 242 new deaths, double the previous day’s toll, and confirmed 14,840 new cases on Feb. 12. The rise in the number of cases, which came as officials adopted a new methodology for counting infections, is a sevenfold increase from a day earlier. It was not immediately clear how the new methods affected the results, nor why the death toll rose so sharply, but it seemed to dash hopes that the virus’ spread might be slowing.

E-mini S&P 500 futures turned from positive to fall 0.3% ESc1. Dow Jones futures fell by the same margin YMc1, suggesting a pause in Wall Street’s strong rally. Ten-year U.S. Treasuries fell about 3 basis points to 1.607% US10YT=RR, the yen strengthened past 110 per dollar JPY= and a rally in Asian currencies against the dollar halted. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS was steady in morning trade but the news knocked the week’s momentum from stock markets.
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Reuters: Coronavirus death toll leaps in China's Hubei province

Reuters: Coronavirus death toll leaps in China's Hubei province

13 February 2020 | 04:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Beijing. The Chinese province at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak reported a record rise in the death toll on Thursday, as global health experts warned the epidemic could get far worse before it is brought under control, Reuters reports. Health officials in Hubei province said 242 people had died from the flu-like virus on Wednesday, the fastest rise in the daily count since the pathogen was identified in December, and bringing the total number of deaths in the province to 1,310. The previous record rise in the toll was 103 on Feb. 10.

The grim new tally came a day after China had reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases in two weeks, bolstering a forecast by Beijing’s senior medical adviser for the outbreak there to end by April. But the 2,015 new confirmed cases reported in mainland China on Wednesday was dwarfed by the 14,840 new cases reported in Hubei alone on Thursday, when provincial officials said they had adopted a new methodology for counting infections.
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EU health ministers meet on Thursday to discuss measures for tackling the coronavirus

EU health ministers meet on Thursday to discuss measures for tackling the coronavirus

13 February 2020 | 00:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. On Thursday, EU member states will discuss ways to increase cooperation in an attempt at tackling the threat posed by the novel coronavirus which has taken over 1,100 victims in China and reached eight EU countries, with Germany registering the EU's highest number of infected patients - 14.

The plans for better cooperation are stated in a draft seen by AFP on the eve of the EU health ministers' meeting focused on measures for stopping the spread of the virus.
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AFP: Chinese F1 Grand Prix postponed over coronavirus fears

AFP: Chinese F1 Grand Prix postponed over coronavirus fears

12 February 2020 | 23:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Shanghai. The Chinese Grand Prix scheduled for April 19 was postponed Wednesday because of the "continued spread" of the deadly coronavirus, motorsport's governing body FIA announced, as cited by AFP. The FIA said promotors of the Shanghai race had requested a postponement "in view of the continued spread of novel coronavirus", now named COVID-19. "As a result of continued health concerns and with the @WHO (World Health Organisation) declaring the coronavirus as a global health emergency, the FIA and @F1 Formula 1 have taken these measures in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans," the ruling body said.

The Shanghai race, the fourth of the new season, becomes the latest -- but easily the most high-profile -- sports event to fall victim to the virus outbreak which has killed more than 1,100 people in China, where it emerged at the end of last year. Renault F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul described the Shanghai news as "a disappointment". The postponement also throws into doubt the inaugural F1 race in Vietnam, which is scheduled for two weeks before Shanghai and where there have also been cases of COVID-19.
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AFP: Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 174

AFP: Japan cruise ship coronavirus cases climb to 174

12 February 2020 | 04:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Tokyo. An additional 39 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the Japan coast have tested positive for the new coronavirus, authorities said Wednesday, as thousands more steel themselves for a second week in quarantine, AFP reports.

The ship that originally had 3,700 passengers and crew on board has become the largest single cluster of the newly named COVID-19 disease outside its origin in China, where it has killed more than 1,100 people.

"Out of 53 new test results, 39 people were found positive," Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters, bringing the total of cases on board to 174. In addition, a quarantine officer was also found to be infected with the virus.
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AFP: China virus death toll reaches 1,110

AFP: China virus death toll reaches 1,110

12 February 2020 | 03:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Beijing. The number of fatalities from China's new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,110 nationwide on Wednesday after hard-hit Hubei province reported 94 new deaths, AFP reports.

In its daily update, Hubei's health commission also confirmed another 1,638 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December.

There are now more than 44,200 confirmed cases across China, based on previously released figures from the government.

The new virus is believed to have emerged last year in a market that sells wild animals in Hubei's capital Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.
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Fed 'closely monitoring' global risks from coronavirus: Powell

Fed 'closely monitoring' global risks from coronavirus: Powell

11 February 2020 | 16:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. The US central bank is keeping watch for any impact from the virus outbreak in China that could spread beyond its borders, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday, as cited by AFP.

The Fed is "closely monitoring the emergence of the coronavirus, which could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of the global economy," Powell said in testimony to Congress.

Speaking the day after President Donald Trump presented to Congress his $4.8 trillion budget proposal that has large deficits continuing for at least 15 years, Powell again argued for a "more sustainable budget."
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Reuters: Coronavirus deaths top SARS as China returns to work

Reuters: Coronavirus deaths top SARS as China returns to work

10 February 2020 | 00:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Shanghai. China raised the death toll from its coronavirus outbreak to 811 on Sunday, passing the number killed globally by the SARS epidemic, as authorities made plans for millions of people returning to work after an extended Lunar New Year break, Reuters reports. Many of China’s usually teeming cities have almost become ghost towns during the past two weeks as Communist Party rulers ordered virtual lockdowns, canceled flights, closed factories and shut schools.

Even on Monday, a large number of workplaces and schools will remain closed and many white-collar employees will work from home. The scale of the potential hit to an economy that has been the engine of global growth in recent years has taken a toll on financial markets, as shares slumped and investors switched into safe-havens such as gold, bonds and the Japanese yen.
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China's Xi discusses coronavirus with Trump: state media

China's Xi discusses coronavirus with Trump: state media

7 February 2020 | 06:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on Friday with US President Donald Trump on the novel coronavirus outbreak, emphasising that Beijing has "spared no effort in fighting the epidemic", state media reported, as cited by AFP.

Xi told Trump on the phone that China was "fully confident and capable of defeating the epidemic", and that "the long-term trend of China's economic development for the better will not change", according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The viral outbreak, which is believed to have originated in central China late last year, has now infected at least 31,000 people and caused 636 deaths, mostly within China.

Local governments across China have locked down cities of tens of millions of people in response to the crisis, while global panic has risen over the more than 240 cases that have emerged in two dozen countries.
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Bulgarian national returning from Sri Lanka tests negative for coronavirus

Bulgarian national returning from Sri Lanka tests negative for coronavirus

6 February 2020 | 12:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Haskovo. A Bulgarian national, who was hospitalised at the Haskovo Regional Hospital upon his arrival from Sri Lanka amid concerns that he could have the novel coronavirus, has tested negative, said the press office of the Ministry of Health. The National Reference Laboratory with the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases reported the negative results for his samples on 6 February, officials said.

Today, the centre for infectious diseases has received 200 new tests from Germany for examination of suspected cases of coronavirus 2019-nCoV, said the director of the National Centre, Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev.
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TASS: Coronavirus can’t spread beyond quarantined health camp near Tyumen — Russian watchdog

TASS: Coronavirus can’t spread beyond quarantined health camp near Tyumen — Russian watchdog

6 February 2020 | 10:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Moscow. The novel coronavirus will not spread beyond a health camp, where people evacuated from China are undergoing a quarantine, even if any of them is diagnosed with the infection, Head of the Russian Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare Anna Popova told the Rossiya-24 TV channel, as cited by TASS.

"The necessary measures have been taken so that nothing happens beyond the building, no matter how the situation develops, she said in response to a question about the possibility of the coronavirus spread.

According to Popova, medical staff who will monitor the evacuees will not leave the camp for 14 days.

People evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan include Russian nationals, citizens of other members of the Eurasian Economic Union and Ukraine. Upon arrival in Russia, they were taken to a health camp 28 kilometers away from the Siberian city of Tyumen for a 14-day quarantine.

According to the Russian embassy in Beijing, 183 out of 341 Russians in Wuhan contacted the diplomatic mission. Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier handed down instructions to use military planes to evacuate Russians from Wuhan, the city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak. On February 5, 144 people evacuated from China arrived in the Siberian city of Tyumen in two military planes. Popova pointed out that all of them were well and showed no symptoms of respiratory diseases caused by the novel coronavirus.
Coronavirus outbreak

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, central China. On January 7, Chinese experts identified the 2019-nCoV coronavirus as the cause of the disease.

According to recent data, over 28,500 cases of patients infected with the virus and 563 deaths have been confirmed in China. Over 1150 patients have recovered from the virus. Coronavirus cases have also been reported in 24 other countries, including Russia. The WHO declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus a global health emergency.
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Bulgarian family and man arriving from Thailand and China test negative for coronavirus

Bulgarian family and man arriving from Thailand and China test negative for coronavirus

5 February 2020 | 10:35 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s National Reference Laboratory of the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases has tested samples from a family from Haskovo, who returned from Koh Samui island, Thailand, and a man from Varna, who had been residing in China, for coronavirus. The results of all three Bulgarian citizens have been negative, said the director of the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev, the press office of the Ministry of Health announced.

The results of the Bulgarian who arrived from Sri Lanka will be ready tomorrow, too. His X-ray examinations showed pneumonia, but a sample was taken to be tested at the National Centre, nevertheless.
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AFP: Japan quarantines 3,500 on cruise ship over new coronavirus

AFP: Japan quarantines 3,500 on cruise ship over new coronavirus

4 February 2020 | 05:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Tokyo. Japan has quarantined a cruise ship carrying 3,500 people and was testing passengers for the new coronavirus on Tuesday after a passenger who departed in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus, AFP reports. Television footage showed images of several quarantine officers entering the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the port of Yokohama on Monday evening to check the health of all 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew members. The move comes after an 80-year-old passenger who disembarked on January 25 in Hong Kong tested positive for the deadly virus.

Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that Japanese authorities would quarantine the vessel, which arrived at Yokohama Bay a day earlier than originally planned. A woman in her twenties who was sailing with her mother on the ship told private broadcaster TBS on Tuesday that all passengers "were asked to stay in their rooms to wait for virus tests".
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Assoc. Prof. Georgi Popov, Military Medical Academy: Two Bulgarians who returned from Wuhan are not infected with coronavirus

Assoc. Prof. Georgi Popov, Military Medical Academy: Two Bulgarians who returned from Wuhan are not infected with coronavirus

3 February 2020 | 09:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The two Bulgarians who returned from Wuhan are not infected with the coronavirus, said Col. Assoc. Prof. Georgi Popov, Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Military Medical Academy (MMA), at a press briefing on the condition of the two Bulgarian nationals who arrived from China yesterday, Focus News Agency reported.

"Yesterday, on 2 February, at around 10:15 pm, two Bulgarian citizens – a boy and a girl – were admitted to the MMA Department of Infectious Diseases. They had been evacuated from Wuhan; the second part of the evacuation was from France to Sofia. They were accompanied by a MMA team, the transportation was without an accident. The patients were admitted in good health. The physical examination revealed no deviations from the norm," Dr Popov said.

"The test done in the late hours last night was negative for the new coronavirus. Patients at this stage are negative for the disease. They are in a good condition this morning. They have been accommodated in rooms with controlled access," he said.

"They are motivated to spend the entire incubation period at the Infectious Diseases Department at the MMA. In the median incubation period, we will do a new test to prevent a possible false negative result, if they were infected during the flight," the doctor said.
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Reuters: U.S. confirms 11th case of new coronavirus

Reuters: U.S. confirms 11th case of new coronavirus

3 February 2020 | 06:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Santa Clara County, California. California health officials said on Sunday they had confirmed 11 cases of the new, fast-spreading coronavirus in the United States, with one in Santa Clara County and two more in San Benito County, Reuters reports. In Santa Clara County, a woman and the family she is staying with are being quarantined and she is now in isolation at their home, Santa Clara County health officials told a news conference. The woman was not sick enough to require hospitalization, it added.

The other two cases involve a married couple in San Benito County, the San Benito County Public Health Services announced in a release late Sunday. The Santa Clara woman, who recently traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, is the second case in Santa Clara reported, health officials said. They said the case is not related to the first case in Santa Clara.
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AFP: Italy suspends all China flights after coronavirus cases confirmed

AFP: Italy suspends all China flights after coronavirus cases confirmed

31 January 2020 | 00:44 | FOCUS News Agency
Rome. The Italian government said Thursday it was suspending all flights between Italy and China after doctors confirmed two Chinese tourists had tested positive for the coronavirus, AFP reported.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza has issued a "decree closing air traffic to and from China," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told a news conference without giving a list of the affected airlines.

"We think we are the first EU country to take this precautionary measure," Conte added after reporting that two Chinese tourists had the virus.

The tourists, reportedly husband and wife, were being held in isolation in the Spallanzani infectious diseases institute in Rome.

"I'm confident that the situation will remain contained," Conte said.

Police sealed off the room they had been staying at a hotel in the centre of the capital, and other Chinese tourists who had arrived in Italy as part of the same tour group were being tested for the virus, Italian media said.

Spallanzani director Giuseppe Ippolito said authorities were tracing the couple's movements. They are believed to have arrived in Italy in the northern city of Milan over a week ago.

The news came as the UN health agency WHO declared an international emergency over the coronavirus from China, which reported its biggest single-day jump in deaths.

But the World Health Organization said there was no reason to restrict flights and trade partly because it might disrupt needed aid.
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TASS: Australian scientists successfully grow China's new coronavirus in lab

TASS: Australian scientists successfully grow China's new coronavirus in lab

29 January 2020 | 08:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Melbourne. Scientists from the Peter Doherty Institute in Australia's Melbourne have successfully grown a Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample for the first time, the Institute's statement said.

"Scientists frome the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) in Melbourne have successfully grown the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample, which will provide expert international laboratories with crucial information to help combat the virus," the statement said.

"Having the real virus means we now have the ability to actually validate and verify all test methods, and compare their sensitivities and specificities," The Royal Melbourne Hospital's Dr Julian Druce was quoted as saying.

"The virus will be used as positive control material for the Australian network of public health laboratories, and also shipped to expert laboratories working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe," he added.

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of an unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, a large trade and industrial center in central China populated by 11 million people. On January 7, 2020, Chinese experts identified the infecting agent as coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

The new strain of coronavirus has already been identified in almost all Chinese provinces including Beijing and Shanghai as well as in other countries such as Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, France, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, the United States and Japan. The World Health Organization recognized the pneumonia outbreak in China as a national emergency but stopped short of declaring it an international one.
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The global spread of the coronavirus: AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: AFP

28 January 2020 | 03:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Beijing. A virus similar to the SARS pathogen has claimed 106 lives since emerging in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, and spread around the world, AFP reported.

Here are the places that have confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus:

- CHINA -
As of Tuesday, more than 4,000 people have been infected across China, the bulk of them in and around Wuhan.

Most of the 106 who have died were in that region, but officials have confirmed multiple deaths elsewhere, including the first in the capital Beijing.

Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with mainland tourists, has confirmed six cases as of Tuesday.

In Hong Kong, eight people are known to have the disease. Of those, six arrived via a newly built high-speed train terminal that connects the city to the mainland.

- ASIA-PACIFIC REGION -
- Australia -
Five cases have been confirmed in Australia -- all of whom arrived in the country from Wuhan. The patients are being treated in hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne.

- Cambodia -
Cambodia's health ministry reported the country's first case of the virus on Monday: a 60-year-old man who arrived from Wuhan and is now stable in an isolation room.

- Japan -
Japan's health authorities confirmed the country's fourth case on Saturday: a man in his 40s, visiting Japan from Wuhan, who is in hospital in a stable condition.

Two other men and a woman have been treated after returning to Japan from the Chinese city.

- Malaysia -
Malaysia confirmed its fourth case on Sunday. All are Chinese nationals on holiday from Wuhan who arrived in the country from Singapore.

- Nepal -
Nepal said a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had the disease. The patient, who was initially quarantined, recovered and was discharged.

- Singapore -
Singapore has so far confirmed five cases of the coronavirus -- all of them arrived in the city-state from Wuhan.

- South Korea -
South Korean media reported the country's fourth case on Monday, citing the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The three men and a woman all travelled from Wuhan.

- Sri Lanka -
Sri Lanka confirmed its first case of the virus on Monday -- a 43-year-old Chinese woman who entered the country as a tourist last week from Hubei province.

She is being treated in hospital, a spokesman at the Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo told AFP.

- Taiwan -
Taiwan has uncovered five cases so far, the latest a Taiwanese woman in her 50s who was working in Wuhan and flew to the island on January 20.

- Thailand -
Thailand has detected eight cases so far -- three are receiving treatment in hospital and five have been discharged, according to the health minister.

All the infected persons are Chinese nationals, except for a 73-year-old Thai woman who came back from Wuhan this month.

- Vietnam -
Vietnam has so far confirmed two cases of the virus. An infected man from Wuhan travelled to Ho Chi Minh City earlier this month and passed the virus on to his son.

- NORTH AMERICA -
- Canada -
Canada confirmed its first case of the virus on Monday, a man who travelled to Wuhan, and has reported a second suspected case -- his wife, who made the trip with him.

- United States -
The US has confirmed five cases of the virus in patients who had recently entered the country from Wuhan -- two in California and one each in Arizona, Chicago and Washington state.

- EUROPE -
- France -
There are three known cases of the coronavirus in France, the first European country to be affected by the outbreak.

One person is sick in Bordeaux and another is ill in Paris. A third person, a close relative of one of the other two, has also been confirmed to have the virus.

All three had recently travelled to China and have been placed in isolation.

- Germany -
The country's first case was confirmed on Tuesday in the southern Bavarian region and was being treated in an isolation ward. The patient was said to be in a "medically good state".
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South Korea confirms second coronavirus case: AFP

South Korea confirms second coronavirus case: AFP

24 January 2020 | 05:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Seoul. South Korea on Friday confirmed its second case of the SARS-like virus that has killed at least 25 in China, as concerns mount about a wider outbreak, AFP reports.

Several nations including the US have stepped up checks on airport passengers to detect the coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The virus has caused alarm in China and abroad because of its genetic similarities to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003.

On Friday, Seoul's health ministry said a South Korean man in his 50s started experiencing symptoms while working in Wuhan on Jan 10.

He was tested upon returning to the country earlier this week, and was confirmed to be South Korea's second case of the virus on Thursday, the ministry added.
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