COVID-19 UPDATES : Total cases in South Korea surge to 3,736, French official advises against kissing, cases in Germany jump to 117 (Updated : 10.30pm)


1st March 2020 – (South Korea) S. Korea reported 586 new virus cases today, bringing total to 3,736. So far, 17 people have died in South Korea from the virus that emerged in China. Of the 586 new cases, 510 are in Daegu, 300 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

Tokyo confirmed 2 more cases, bringing total in Tokyo to 39. Japan now has 243 coronavirus cases. Hokkaido also confirmed 1 more death earlier today, bringing the total death toll in Japan to 6. Hong Kong confirmed 96th coronavirus case.

Total cases in Germany jumped to 117 from 66.

First case of coronavirus confirmed in Armenia. The patient is a 29-year-old Armenian citizen who was in Iran. He was travelling with his wife, who tested negative, the Prime Minister said, adding that direct contacts of the patient will be quarantined.

Armenia closed its 27-mile border with Iran on February 24, with the closure scheduled to last two weeks, officials told CNN. Kuwait now has 45 coronavirus cases. Kuwait only reported its first case last Monday. Authorities are scrambling to stem the spread of the virus, evacuating citizens from Iran and Italy, which have also seen surges in cases.

French official advises against kissing due to coronavirus fears. “Reduction of physical social contact is recommended. This includes “la bise,” French health minister Olivier Véran told reporters on Saturday in Paris. Véran also said people should avoid handshakes as well. What is “la bise”? The tradition of planting an kiss on a person’s cheek multiple times, is a well-known French greeting.

Greece has confirmed three new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of those infected to seven. Malaysia has recorded four new Covid-19 cases, bringing the number of recorded cases to 29.

A 35-year-old man has become Thailand’s first death due to the novel coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said today. There are 42 confirmed cases in Thailand.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for calm focusing on facts in the public response to the new coronavirus spread.
“But the window of opportunity for containing it is narrowing… We need to preparing side by side for a pandemic,” Ghebreyesus said.
The deadly virus has spread to more than 60 countries, infecting more than 85,000 people and killing at least 2,943.