Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: March 23
Bangkok Desk, Mar 23 (efe-epa).- Here’s a roundup of stories around the world related to the novel coronavirus pandemic:
HONG KONG.- The Hong Kong government announced that from Wednesday it will bar the entry of all non-residents and flight stopovers for 14 days due to a spike in imported coronavirus cases. This includes passport holders from Macao, Taiwan or mainland China.
THAILAND.- Thailand reported 122 new cases on Monday, bringing the total to 721, a day after the largest daily rise of 188, with a total of one death and 52 people discharged.
JAPAN.- Adding to China, South Korea and Europe, Japan will now require all travelers arriving from the United States to undergo a 14-day quarantine, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday.
SEOUL.- South Korea on Monday redoubled its call for social distancing in order to avoid a rebound in cases with a message sent to citizens urging people to keep two meters away in the workplace, avoid eating in front of others, avoid using common spaces, refrain from going to work if symptoms are present and go directly home after work for the next two weeks. With the 64 infections detected on Sunday, South Korea has a total of 8,961 cases, with 3,166 cured (257 discharges on Sunday) and 111 deaths (seven on Sunday).
CHINA.- The National Health Commission of China reported Monday the fifth day in a row of deaths in the single digits, with nine, and no new local cases with 39 imported infections, bringing the total number of infected diagnosed in China since the start of the pandemic is 81,093, with 3,270 deaths, and 72,703 discharged. EFE-EPA