Countries around the world are taking measures to try to stem the spread of the new coronavirus disease, dubbed COVID-19, as the death toll continues to rise.
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South Korea Reports 142 More Cases
South Korea on Friday logged an additional 142 new cases of the new coronavirus, the largest surge in a single day, causing the nation’s total to rise to 346, Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
Most of the new infections have been traced to a hospital in the southeastern county of Cheongdo and a minor Christian sect in the southeastern city of Daegu.
The majority of the new cases—91—are related to the Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, where South Korea saw its first death from the virus.
2/3 of Virus Carriers From China Not Detected by Countries, New Study Estimates
A new study estimates that two-thirds of coronavirus cases exported from mainland China remains undetected worldwide.
In less than two months, the virus has spread to 29 regions and countries outside of mainland China, with a total of more than 1,000 confirmed cases.
However, a Feb. 21 study (pdf) by researchers at the Imperial College London, which collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) in infectious disease modeling, analyzed flight data from the virus epicenter Wuhan City, Hubei province, and found that “some countries have detected significantly fewer than would have been expected based on the volume of flight passengers arriving from Wuhan.”
Mimi Nguyen Ly, Cathy He, and Reuters contributed to this article.
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Author: Epoch Times Staff