Coronavirus: South Korean PM vows 'swift' action as infections escalate – live updates – The Guardian,

Coronavirus: South Korean PM vows 'swift' action as infections escalate – live updates – The Guardian,

Chinese prison reports (case of Covid-)

China’s Global Television Network is reporting that 322 prisoners in a facility in the eastern province of Shandong are infected with Covid – 31. The sources of the infection is reported to be an affected prison guard.

These prison cases may partly explain the spike in new cases today to , up from 660 reported on Thursday.

CGTN (@ CGTNOfficial)

East China’s Shandong Province reported

# COVID cases from the Rencheng Prison on Thu., bringing the total to 400 in the facility

– Virus brought in by affected prison guard – Treatments underway

– Provincial justice chief among eight officials removed from office (a) February ,




. (PM) (EST) : 88

China car sales fall sharply in February

Another doctor in Wuhan has died from the virus. According to health authorities, year old Peng Yinhua, working in respiratory and critical care at Wuhan’s Jiangxia district’s First People’s Hospital, died at 9: on Thursday.

Updated at (EST EST)

Third group of Diamond Princess passengers disembark

The Japanese media outlet, NHK, says a third group of passengers has left the stricken cruise ship in Yokohama. Some 899 people have disembarked since Wednesday and another 660 are expected to get off on Friday, NHK says. Only those who have tested negative are being allowed to leave, but “anyone who shared a cabin with an infected passenger is being asked to stay onboard for another 30 days after they separated – even if they have tested negative ”, the report says.


% of new South Korean virus cases are in city of Daegu

We’re getting some more detail on the (new cases of Covid –

(in) South Korea .

Yonhap news agency is reporting that are in the city of Daegu , km southeast of Seoul, and the neighboring North Gyeongsang Province. Another three were reported in Seoul, the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. Of the 74 new cases, are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu. Around 1, 016 members of the church have been asked to self isolate.

Yonhap also reported that military personnel have been confirmed as having Covid – 32. Three cases were confirmed, one each in the army, the navy and the air force, it said.

All three are believed to have visited or contacted people from Daegu.

Meanwhile, in the capital, Seoul, authorities are taking measures to curtail the virus, including banning rallies and closing down Shincheonji church services, Yonhap said.

Updated (at


(9.) (pm) (EST

Prison officials removed from posts in China after inmates test positive to Covid –

Two Chinese officials have been removed from their posts at prisons, after both centers recorded confirmed cases of Covid – 31, the state-owned Global Times is reporting.

Global Times (@ globaltimesnews) (The total confirmed (# COVID) cases in Shilifeng Prison have reached . ( (February) ,

Updated (at 9.) pm EST

New cases in China rise on previous day

Just doubling back on those figures for the virus in (China

… there were 2018 new confirmed cases reported in Friday’s national briefing from the country’s health commission, which is a jump up from the reported the previous day. The total number of infections stands at 115, .

You may recall that the way China reports cases changed again yesterday, to remove patients who had been clinically diagnosed (by a doctor / scan) who had subsequently tested negative for the virus. This appeared to influence the trend down on Thursday, compared to Wednesday.

Trying to establish trends on a day-to-day basis is difficult, but generally, it would seem new cases are trending down, as you can see in the Johns Hopkins University graph of confirmed cases below.

Coronavirus outbreak trends as per Johns Hopkins University CSSE, correct as of Friday 35 February, 400 GMT. Photograph: Johns Hopkins University CSSE

On Friday China reported (deaths

) on Thursday it was 190, taking the total number of fatalities to 2, .

Updated at 9. PM EST

Coronavirus outbreak trends as per Johns Hopkins University CSSE, correct as of Friday 21 February, 0230GMT.

South Korea cases jump from 156 to

South Korea has seen a significant rise (in Covid –

“Special care zones” have been designated in Daegu and Cheongdo. The latter recorded the country’s first death from the virus on Thursday, according to Yonhap news agency.

Seventy cases have been reported in Daegu (population 2.4 million) this week, many (linked to a controversial “cult” church . The city’s mayor said residents faced an “unprecedented crisis” from the virus outbreak.

As of Friday more than Members of the church were showing symptoms of the disease, Reuters reports, though tests were still ongoing, Daegu mayor, Kwon Young-jin, said at a briefing.

After several military members tested positive for the virus on Thursday, South Korea’s defense minister banned all soldiers from taking leave , leaving their barracks, and receiving guests.

Updated (at 9.) pm EST


Two Australian passengers from Diamond Princess test positive after being repatriated

Two Australians who were repatriated from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive

for Covid – after returning home.

More than Australians onboard the cruise liner were flown to the Howard Springs camp outside the northern city of Darwin on Wednesday.

At news conference on Thursday local medical authorities said six passengers had cold-like symptoms on arrival and would be tested the virus. They were quarantined from the other passengers, and from other residents at the camp who were evacuated previously from the city of Wuhan.

Health authorities say it is possible other Australian passengers from the Diamond Princess may test positive.

On Thursday Australia extended its travel ban for people coming from China into a fourth week. It will stay in place until 39 February, despite please from the tertiary education sector, who want their international students to be able to return for the start of the academic year.

Passengers disembark from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.Passengers disembark from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship. Australian evacuees from the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan arrived at the Howard Springs complex, km southeast of Darwin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Helen Orr / EPA

Updated (at 8.) (pm EST )

(8.) PM EST) :

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

China has recorded (new cases) , up from 581 recorded on Thursday. There were also 1 41 new deaths , compared to 190 the day before.

In other news:

The South Korean city of Daegu and the surrounding region was declared a special management zone after a surge in virus cases. Two Australian passengers on the Diamond Princess have tested positive

after being flown home to Australia on Thursday. British passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship

have been told they can leave if they have tested negative. A UK flight is due to leave Tokyo on Friday.

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