COVID-19 Hits Italy and South Korea
Sporting events, concerts, conferences, and many other activities are being canceled or postponed, around the world, as the coronavirus continues to spread. It is increasing in numbers in Italy and South Korea. Italy has placed a lockdown on around a dozen areas as it tries to contain the virus, which has suddenly had the largest outbreak in Europe. In South Korea, the alert level has been raised to the highest level. President Moon Jae-in said the COVID-19 outbreak has reached “a crucial watershed, and the next few days will be a very important critical moment.”
Italy Has An Increased Number Of Infected
Just recently, Italy did not have any reported cases of COVID-19. The number has now risen above 130. During the last 48 hours, three people have died in the country from the virus. Authorities in several northern regions have ordered schools and universities to close for at least one week. Museums and cinemas have been shut. The Venice Carnival has been called off for its last two days. Other businesses have been closed in an effort to contain the virus.
Governor in Veneto Speaks
Luca Zaia, the regional governor of Vento, has been faced with many disasters, including floods and earthquakes during his career. However, he says, “this is the absolute worst problem that Veneto has faced.” Veneto and Lombardy have closed towns forcing about 50,000 people in quarantine.
South Korea’s Infected Number Rises
More than 160 new cases of the coronavirus have been reported in South Korea. There are now a total of 602 cases in the country. According to the Korea Centers for Disease and Control, there have been six people who have died from the virus. More than 300 of the confirmed cases of infection are linked to a church in the southeastern city of Daegu. The cases are linked to a 61-year-old woman, only known as ‘Patient 31,’ who attended services at the church and then tested positive for the virus last week. Authorities say she did not have any record of recent overseas travel.
COVID-19 has now infected 78,993 people worldwide. There have been 2,470 deaths reported.