Cruise ships to house Wuhan medical workers; South Korea coronavirus cases spike

  • China’s National Health Commission said 2,345 people have died in the country from the new coronavirus, which has infected 76,288 people.
  • South Korea reported that two people have died as the country’s total cases rose to 433.
  • Organizers for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have postponed volunteer training that was scheduled to begin Saturday, citing efforts to limit the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19.

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South Korean health officials confirmed another 87 cases, bringing the country’s total to 433.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 62 of the 87 new cases stem from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu. It also said three of the 87 new cases stemmed from another large cluster tied to the Cheongdo Daenam Hospital. —Wang

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that 277 of its 346 confirmed cases stem from two clusters — a church and a hospital.

Nearly half of South Korea’s confirmed cases stem from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu. KCDC said the timing of symptom development “suggests the possibility of a limited but continuous transmission through Sunday services or gatherings every week.”

The 108 cases stemming from the Cheongdo Daenam Hospital cluster are primarily from the psychiatric ward, KCDC said. The agency also said South Korea’s second death was a woman who was a long-term patient at the hospital. —Wang

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health said in a statement that an 83-year-old U.S. citizen has now tested negative for the new coronavirus twice. It said that the woman’s condition has remarkably improved, but that she’s still being monitored for a small cough.

The ministry said it tests people confirmed with the disease twice within 24 hours if they have displayed good progress in symptoms, in an attempt to determine if the person has been cured.

A week ago, the woman had been identified as the 22nd case in Malaysia after she arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Sihanoukville, Cambodia. She had been a passenger on the MS Westerdam cruise ship, which had been turned away by five countries amid coronavirus fears. —Wang

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/22/coronavirus-latest-updates-china-covid-19.html

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