CORONAVIRUS UDPATE : Hong Kong and Macao in South Korea’s “contaminated zone” list, 163 cases in Japan, 3-month-old baby contracts virus in Vietnam


11th February 2020 – (South Korea) South Korea government will send a third plane to Wuhan to evacuate their 170 nationals including their Chinese family members. The flight will leave South Korea’s Incheon airport tonight at 8:45pm local time and will arrive back in Gimpo airport in Seoul Wednesday morning. They will be quarantined at Korea Defense Language Institute, a military school facility located in a rural area, Kim said. More than 2,000 South Korean citizens were stranded in Wuhan while more than 700 nationals were already sent back to Korea.

Hong Kong and Macao are now included in South Korea’s “contaminated zone” list. The designation will go into effect at midnight tomorrow. Those entering South Korea from the two cities will be required to fill out a health questionnaire and be checked for fever. They might also be subject to a “quarantine/epidemiological investigation.”

The government also recommended South Korean nationals avoid travel to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.

Two Japanese citizens who had initially tested negative for coronavirus have now been diagnosed with the disease. Japan now has confirmed 163 cases. 7 more new cases confirmed in Hong Kong today bringing the total to 49.

Thailand has confirmed another case of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country up to 33. The latest patient is a 54-year-old Chinese woman who travelled from Wuhan before the city was put on lockdown, according to Thailand’s Department of Disease Control. A three-month-old baby girl and 55-year-old woman are the latest people in Vietnam to contract coronavirus.

Total infected cases stand at 43,173 worldwide with 1,013 reported deaths as of 4.30pm today.

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