Bako, John Chukwudi
As of 10:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, a total of 940 coronavirus cases were reported in Japan with 11 deaths, according to authorities.
The figures include 705 confirmed cases and six deaths from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
A total of 323 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 were reported in Italy on Tuesday, with 11 deaths, according to the country’s ministry of health.
The four Italian regions of Trentino-South Tyrol, Liguria, Tuscany and Sicily all reported their first confirmed cases on Tuesday, and the virus has spread to nine regions.
A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, that has since spread across China and abroad.
Here is what we know so far:
The latest in China:
77,779 confirmed cases
2,666 deaths reported (including 2 in Hong Kong, 1 in Taiwan)
Over 2,600 confirmed cases
44 deaths reported
These countries are on alert:
Iran has reported 15 deaths and its deputy health minister tested positive for the virus.
South Korea reported 594 new coronavirus infections today, its biggest daily increase since the first infection was confirmed on Janary 20, taking its tally to 2,931 cases.
Of the new cases, 476 were from the southeastern city of Daegu, where a church at the centre of the outbreak is located, and 60 from the nearby province of North Gyeongsang, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
The tally of deaths was 16, unchanged from a day earlier.
South Korea has suffered the largest outbreak of any country outside China, which has recorded more than 2,800 deaths and 79,000 infections since the epidemic began late last year in the central city of Wuhan.
South Korea reported more than 970 cases and 11 deaths as of today.