Coronavirus cases continue to surge, except in China

Bangkok Desk, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- The number of coronavirus infections on Thursday continued to increase around the world, with cases surging to just under 130,000, with 4,749 deaths and 68,657 recoveries.

As the COVID-19, declared a pandemic by the WHO on Wednesday, tears through Europe, US President Donald Trump imposed a travel ban on all nations with the Schengen area of the European Union.

Meanwhile, China said the “peak” of the virus in the country had been overcome, as numbers of new infections continue to drop.

Markets around the world are also in turmoil due to the massive economic slowdown triggered by the restrictions imposed to contain the contagion.

In other 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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