The Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic continues to grow outside of China. In South Korea, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 346 cases have been registered as of February 22; However, the Center for the Prevention of Contagious Diseases in Korea (KCDC) reports 433 infections through Saturday, 229 of which were registered on the same day.
The main center of contagion in South Korea is the city of Daegu, in the southeast of the country.
At the same time, according to the WHO, 35 confirmed cases of coronavirus were registered on February 22 in the United States, with an increase of 20 infections compared to the previous day’s report.
Italy tells a similar story. Although the WHO report only reports an increase from three cases to nine on the same days, the Ministry of Health reports more than 60 cases in Italy, in addition to two deaths, so the Italian government isolated eleven locations in isolation. The north of the country.
WHY DID CASES OF CORONAVIRUS INCREASE OUTSIDE OF CHINA?
In the last four days the number of people infected by Covid-19 has multiplied in South Korea at two specific sites: the Shincheonji Christian sect in and around Daegu and the Daenam hospital in the adjacent Cheongdo County.
South Korean health authorities have insisted at the moment that the epidemic is still in a controllable phase and they remain alert on the third level (of a maximum of four).
Isolation to cities in Italy
The number of infected people will inevitably grow, according to the Italian authorities who have already confirmed two deaths and the infection by coronavirus of at least 60 people in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna and a last case in Piedmont, in the north of the country.
Likewise, the Ministry of Health ruled out that the first contagion occurred through an Italian who returned from China on January 21 as he had initially believed.
At the moment, about 60,000 isolated people in eleven localities, ten in Lombardy and one in Veneto, have been asked not to leave their homes, the closing of the shops has been ordered and public activities have been suspended and Trains do not stop at these locations.
But the Government and Civil Protection has been meeting all day studying new measures to prevent the epidemic from spreading further.
CORONAVIRUS DOUBLES IN THE UNITED STATES
In the same week, the United States went from having 15 cases to 35, although according to Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, all cases have been related to travel abroad and there has been no community spread of the infection in the United States, The New York Times reported .
Eleven of the infections were diagnosed in travelers who became ill after returning on their own from abroad, and two of their close contacts became infected. The other 21 patients are people who were returned to the United States by the State Department.
Finally, the United States expects more infections among people who were passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship and are currently in quarantine, said Dr. Messonnier.