COVID-19 Coronavirus Infection Cases and Deaths Surge in China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran

  • The total death toll in China from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has reached 2,442 with the reported death of 97 more people. A joint investigation team of WHO (World Health Organisation) and Chinese experts have visited the epicenter of the virus and worst-affected place in China, the Wuhan city in Hubei province, on Sunday. They conducted a detailed investigation about the virus that reportedly originated in December 2019 from Wuhan’s seafood and exotic food-market. China's National Health Commission (NHC) has reported that across 31 provincial-level regions in China, there have been 648 new cases of infections, increasing the confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection to 76,936. The world health authorities are worried that the coronavirus infection cases have spread outside China to around 25 countries. Till Saturday, there were 123 new cases of COVID-19 infections in South Korea, increasing the number three-times over the weekend to a total tally of 556 infections. On Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (KCDC) has said that 4 people have died in South Korea till now. South Korea has raised the nation’s alert to the “highest level”. The total number of coronavirus infections in Italy has reached 79 and 2 people have been declared dead due to COVID-19 infection. An emergency plan has been declared late on Saturday by the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Italian authorities have urged over 50,000 people across a dozen provinces in Italy to stay at home. Iranian Health Ministry spokesperson Kianush Jahanpur has said that 10 new cases of COVID-19 infection and 2 more deaths from the virus have been confirmed, taking the total tally of infected persons in Iran to 28 cases and 5 deaths. The authorities have ordered schools, universities, and cultural centers across 14 provinces in Iran to remains closed till further notice.