The number of new Covid-19 infections recorded a new day in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore

Disinfection worker in a residential area in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Reuters.
Disinfection worker in a residential area in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Reuters.

After initial success in controlling the Covid-19 epidemic, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan faced the second wave of infection, with cases imported from abroad.

While SARS-CoV-2 virus is raging strongly in European countries, the US and forcing the government in this place to take strong measures (though considered late), Asian territories Initial epidemic control is facing a “second wave” when cases of infections rebound, mostly in people returning from abroad.

South Korea has 152 more new infections

According to Yonhap, South Korean authorities announced an additional 152 new cases on the morning of March 19, bringing the total number of virus infections in the country to 8,565. New numbers end the chain for 4 consecutive days with fewer than 100 cases.

Currently the number of deaths in Korea due to the virus is 91.

About 60% of the infections are related to the New Heavenly Sect in Daegu, the fourth largest city in Korea and have a population of 2.5 million.

President Trump signs through a virus response law

The bill will fundamentally expand the coverage of unemployment insurance for workers, ensuring that businesses with fewer than 500 employees will give workers a two-week paid vacation if they get sick or must go into isolation.

The bill also includes increasing funding for food assistance programs, and ensuring free Covid-19 testing.

The UK established an anti-virus army

The UK will establish a corona anti-virus force of 20,000 army troops. The British defense minister said the country would double its workforce personnel to create a force of 20,000 against the corona virus.

Ben Wallace said that 10,000 additional troops would be added to the permanent force in a civil emergency – now includes 10,000 people, and the backup force could also be mobilized.

Iran pardons prisoners in the middle of a temporary virus release

Reuters reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would pardon 10,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, during Iran’s New Year. These people, who have been temporarily released due to the outbreak, will not have to return to prison.

“A large number of detainees will not have to return to prison after the leader’s amnesty,” judicial spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on television.

Earlier, Iran had temporarily released 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, to prevent the spread of the virus in prisons.

In Iran, the corona virus deaths on March 18 reached 1,135, an increase of 147 from the previous 24 hours, marking the largest number of new deaths in a day, according to an Iranian health official.

The total number of infections in Iran has reached 17,361.

The number of US infections exceeds 8,500

There have been at least 8,525 corona virus infections across the United States, according to data from local and state health agencies, as well as government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. .

According to the CDC, there are 70 cases of American citizens being brought back from abroad.

A total of 145 people were killed.

Italy’s death toll in a single day exceeded the record in China

Italy increased 475 deaths per day, which is the highest number of deaths per country per day.

The total number of deaths in Italy – the country most heavily affected by the Covid-10 epidemic in Europe – now stands at 2,978.

The first US Congressman was positive for the virus

Medical personnel at a mobile virus testing station in Washington state, USA. Photo: Reuters.
Medical personnel at a mobile virus testing station in Washington state, USA. Photo: Reuters.

Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Florida, became the first US member of the virus to be positive.

He wrote on Twitter that he was better.

“However, it is important that every citizen takes this seriously, following the CDC guidelines to avoid getting infected and reducing the spread of the virus,” he said.

The number of positive cases is increasing every hour, according to CNN. There have been more than 140 deaths, half of which took place in Washington state.

Record days in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore

According to Channel NewsAsia, Singapore on March 18 recorded 47 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the island nation to 313.

This is the highest number of new cases per day recorded in Singapore. Among the new cases, 33 were imported – infected patients from abroad before coming to Singapore.

Thirty of them are infected Singaporeans abroad, according to health officials.

19 of these people have a history of traveling to Europe, 6 others have been to North America and the rest from Southeast Asian countries.

Nine internal cases have been linked to previous infections in Singapore, and there are currently five unidentifiable cases, Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in a statement.

At present, 117 cases have recovered, 196 others are still being treated, and 15 of these need special care. Singapore has not recorded any deaths.

Hong Kong health authorities on March 18 also reported 14 new cases of Covid-19, the highest number in a day since the outbreak of the disease in the special zone.

Hong Kong students returned home from London on March 17, before the special zone tightened entry regulations. Photo: Reuters.
Hong Kong students returned home from London on March 17, before the special zone tightened entry regulations. Photo: Reuters.

The Hong Kong Health Protection Center says 13 of these cases are imported, with 10 returning from Europe.

As of March 19, anyone who arrives in Hong Kong will be subject to compulsory isolation for 14 days. This rule will last for 3 months and anyone who violates it will be fined HKD 25,000 (US $ 4,600) plus imprisonment for 6 months.

The district currently records 192 cases of Covid-19, with 4 deaths.

According to Taiwan News, island health officials on March 18 announced 23 new cases, also the highest number in a day, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases here to 100.

21 cases were identified as of foreign origin, with people from the US, Europe and some other Asian countries. Only 2 cases have occurred due to secondary infection in Taiwan, but one of these cases is of great concern, since the source of infection of the patient has not been determined.


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