China says it has overcome COVID-19 peak as India suspends tourist visas

Bangkok Desk, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- China’s health commission announced Thursday that the novel coronavirus’ peak in the country had been overcome following a further drop in infections.

The commission registered 15 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths compared to Wednesday – when 24 people became infected and 22 died. According to China’s latest official data, the virus there has killed 3,169 people and infected 80,793, with 1,318 having been discharged Wednesday after overcoming the illness, bringing the number of those recovered to 62,793.

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange closed Thursday with the Hang Seng economic indicator suffering a 3.66 percent drop, in another session marked by COVID-19’s global repercussions and the economic and political uncertainties it generates. Hong Kong has registered 129 cases and three deaths, Macau has reported 10 infections and Taiwan has reached 48 with one fatality. In related news worldwide:

INDIA: The country announced Thursday the suspension of all visas outside diplomatic and work categories until April 15 after the World Health Organization declared the virus a pandemic a day earlier.

FRENCH POLYNESIA: Authorities said Thursday a French parliamentarian representing the overseas territory tested positive for the virus, making it the first case confirmed in the South Pacific. Maina Sage had returned Saturday to French Polynesia from France and said she began feeling ill Monday.

SOUTH KOREA: The country registered the lowest number of new daily cases Wednesday in almost three weeks with 114, to total 7,869 cases, while 45 people have been discharged to reach 333. Six people died Wednesday, with the toll now at 66.

CAMBODIA: The health ministry confirmed two new cases Thursday in a British couple aged 73 and 69 who had been travelling on a Viking cruise, bringing the country’s total to five cases.

UNITED STATES: Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency Wednesday after cases in the city rose from four to 10. The Mayor’s Office also urged the postponement or cancelation of all March events that gather more than 1,000 people. EFE-EPA


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