Seoul/Rome/Tehran: South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that his country had declared war on the Coronavirus outbreak. South Korea reports the highest spread of Coronavirus after China, with the number of cases in the country crossing 5,000. After South Korea, Iran and Italy have reported a sharp rise in the number of cases taking the total number of patients worldwide above 92,000.
The novel Coronavirus which had remained restricted to China since the past two months has now started showing a worrying influence in other parts of the world. Within just a week, more than 20 countries have reported cases of the Coronavirus, taking the number of countries hit by the outbreak to 70. In the last 24 hours, a total of six countries viz., Ukraine, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tunisia and Senegal have identified new cases of the viral infection.
Since the past month, the Coronavirus patients were detected in South Korea. However, the spread has rapidly increased within a week while the government and local agencies remained unsuccessful in estimating its progress.
South Korean President Moon apologised to the South Korean people for the failure and expressed regret on being unable to provide adequate masks and other facilities. At the same time, he announced that the epidemic would now be tackled on a war footing as also that $25 billion in provision was made for the purpose.
Along with South Korea, the Coronavirus epidemic is on a rampage in Iran and Italy as well. The number of patients infected in Iran has reached 2,336 while 77 were reported dead. In Iran, the infected also included 23 lawmakers. Furthermore, the epidemic has reportedly claimed the lives of one parliamentarian and an advisor to the Supreme Leader Khamenei.
In the last 24 hours, the deaths in Italy as a result of the virus witnessed a sharp rise with 18 deaths being reported on Sunday. Nevertheless, the number of deaths reported from Italy jumped to 52 on Tuesday. Italy is the worst-affected European country due to the outbreak, and the number of patients has crossed 2,000.
A thousand cases were identified in Japan with the death toll reaching 12. Considering the spread of the disease, Japan indicated that the opening of this year’s Olympic games might have to be rescheduled. France has decided to keep the schools shut to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On the other hand, the British airliners have announced a significant reduction in the number of flights that would be operated from the United Kingdom.