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WAM: Number of coronavirus cases in Germany rises to 52,547

FRANKFURT, 29th March, 2020 (WAM) — The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Germany has risen to 52,547 and 389 people have died of the disease, statistics from the Robert Koch Institute, RKI, for infectious diseases showed on Sunday.

According to Reuters, cases rose by 3,965 compared with the previous day while the death toll climbed by 64, the tally showed.

RKI said that the data did not show the complete picture as it did not receive any readings from the regional states Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse and Saarland.

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WAM: Pakistan closes its Eastern, Western borders to contain COVID-19 spread

ISLAMABAD, 29th March, 2020 (WAM) — Pakistan has closed its Eastern and Western borders both for trade and passenger traffic for two more weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.

There are 1,513 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country with 12 deaths and 28 recoveries, according to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division, SAPM, Moeed Yusuf said, “Both passenger traffic and trade has been stopped at the borders with Afghanistan, Iran and India which includes Kartarpur Corridor as well.”

He added that the international flights to the country were banned till 4th of next month and there will also be prohibition for flights leaving the country for abroad from Sunday, according to Associated Pakistan of Pakistan, APP.

Moeed Yusuf informed that the Pakistani passengers stranded at different international airports were brought back to Pakistan, while the remaining had received visas from the respective countries to further their stay.

 

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WAM: Cambodia reports one new coronavirus case, tightens border restrictions

Cambodia reports one new coronavirus case, tightens border restrictions

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 29th March, 2020 (WAM) — Cambodia reported one new case of the coronavirus, COVID-19, on Sunday, bringing tally to 103 as the country prepares to tighten entry requirements for foreign nationals to try to curb the spread of the virus, Reuters has reported.

The new case is a 30-year-old woman who worked in Cambodia’s northwestern Banteay Meanchey province, the Ministry of Health said in a statement, adding that a total of 21 patients have recovered since January.

Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday it cancel visas on arrival for foreign nationals for one month, effective midnight of 30th March, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Foreign nationals wishing to travel to Cambodia must obtain a prior visa abroad and they must have medical certificate “certifying that he/she has not tested positive” with the virus, the ministry said.

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WAM: Thailand reports 143 new coronavirus cases, one death

Thailand reports 143 new coronavirus cases, one death

BANGKOK, 29th March, 2020 (WAM) — Thailand has confirmed 143 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak to 1,388, the spokesman of the government’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, CCSA, said on Sunday, giving the latest daily update.

According to Reuters, the country also recorded one new fatality, bringing the total death toll to seven.

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WAM: Kuwait confirms recovery of three COVID-19 patients

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KUWAIT, 29th March, 2020 (WAM) — Kuwait’s Minister of Health Sheikh Dr. Basel Al-Sabah on Sunday announced the recovery of three individuals from the new coronavirus, COVID-19, raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 67.

Necessary lab tests and analyses have shown the recovery of the three new infections with COVID-19, the minister told the state news agency, KUNA.

The treated cases will be admitted to a rehabilitation ward before discharging them from hospital within a couple of days’ time, the minister added.

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WAM: UN donates quarter of a million face masks to NYC health workers

UN donates quarter of a million face masks to NYC health workers

NEW YORK, 29th March, 2020 (WAM) — The United Nations has donated 250,000 face masks to New York City health workers on Saturday.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the face masks stored in United Nations facilities, were a part of UN stocks, deemed surplus to requirements.

The UN chief praised medical professionals in New York City who, he said, have been working “courageously, selflessly, and tirelessly in response to the spread of COVID-19 across the boroughs,” in a reference to the five boroughs into which the City is administratively divided (Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island).

Guterres went on to express his hope that the protective equipment will “play some small role in saving lives”.

Shortly after the statement was released, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said in a press conference that the spread of the virus is leaving people disorientated. “The State is on lockdown and the peak of the virus is still forecast to be up to three weeks away,” he said.

New York is currently the US epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 55,000 confirmed cases in the state.

 

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WAM: Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, SEHA launch drive-through screening for Covid-19

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ABU DHABI, 28th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Department of Health (DoH) Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), today announced the launch of the country’s first drive-through testing facility for COVID-19. Located in the capital’s Zayed Sports City, UAE citizens and residents can be tested within five minutes, with results being delivered through SMS and the SEHA app.

Through this initiative, the UAE has become the fifth nation in the world to implement a drive-through service, accelerating testing times for the nation’s population.

The new service will be offered for Thiqa and non-Thiqa card holders, ensuring that testing facilities are available to everyone. With a maximum of four people being tested at one time, the new system is an extension of the UAE’s commitment to ensure availability of COVID-19 testing for all. The facility will operate every day from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Equipped with world-class medical professionals and equipment, the facility will allow for average capacity 600 tests daily.

As part of the process, patients will need to book an appointment through Estijaba 8001717. People will need to participate in a pre-assessment screening, where they would need to answer questions related to their condition. Following the pre-screening, people who are considered to have contracted the virus and those who are most vulnerable, such as the elderly, pregnant women or people with chronic diseases will be prioritized. The test will be free for these individuals. For the wider community who prefer to do the examination for reassurance only, the testing procedure will cost 370AED.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, commented: “The establishment of the new drive-through testing centre comes on the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. It reflects their Highnesses’ commitment to provide all citizens and residents with the facilities needed to combat COVID-19 and reduce its impact.”

He also added; “Our leadership will take care of everyone who lives in the UAE, ensuring their health, safety and lives. The Department of Health Abu Dhabi will continue to work closely with SEHA to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and provide the people with access to all the required medical facilities.”

The DoH Abu Dhabi and SEHA are together leveraging best-in-class technologies, innovation and artificial intelligence, and creating a model for healthcare excellence in Abu Dhabi, based on global best practices.

Rashed Saif Al Qubaisi, Group Deputy CEO said; “The leadership of Abu Dhabi has provided direction to ensure that the Abu Dhabi community have access to high quality healthcare in line with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. SEHA staff and facilities have been on the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19, ensuring patients get the best treatment, while educating the wider community of the prevention measures. The launch of the drive-through facility will allow for the early diagnosis of people infected with the virus and will help us contain its spread. With this new technology, SEHA will be able to provide results within a few hours, and rapidly transfer patients to hospitals for treatment.”

Mohammed Hawas Al Sadeed, Executive Director of Out-patient Treatment Services commented on the testing process, saying, “The facilities set up at the Zayed Sports City will have four entry paths from which patients can arrive. All testing is conducted within the car, with patients needing to remain seated. As patients arrive to Zayed Sports City, they will receive a welcome message from SEHA which is broadcast via the in-car radio. Patients will have to keep their ID cards ready and windows closed.”

Hawas further explained the protocols, adding, “At the registration point, SEHA employees will provide patients with a medical sterilizer for their hands. The patients will then need to insert their Emirates ID into the e-reader for registration, before proceeding to the next point. After registration, the patients will have to lower their car window for a nose swab test. Patients will receive their results within six hours through SMS and on the SEHA smartphone app. On completion of the test, the patients can leave and return to their homes where they are advised to maintain self-isolation until they receive their test, and are cleared of contracting the COVID-19 virus.”

Patients in Abu Dhabi with COVID-19 symptoms can take appointments by contacting Estijaba service on 8001717 or by being transferred through Department of Health.

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WAM: Tests on evacuees from China at EHC return negative for COVID-19

Tests on evacuees from China at EHC return negative for COVID-19

ABU DHABI, 28th March, 2020 (WAM) — All laboratory tests conducted on individuals from sisterly and friendly countries of the UAE, who were evacuated from China to the Emirates Humanitarian City, EHC, have returned negative for coronavirus, COVID-19, and they are ”symptom-free”, affirmed Dr. Faisal Al Ahbabi, Head of Communicable Diseases Program at Abu Dhabi Centre for Public Health.

”Four tests have been conducted on 215 individuals during the 14-day quarantine, the average incubation period of the COVID-19 virus, and all results came back negative,” Dr. Al Ahbabi, who is also the spokesperson for the EHC, told the Emirates News Agency, WAM.

A total of 1,013 laboratory tests had been conducted – 860 on the UAE guests and 153 for the medical teams and workers at the EHC, he said.

The 16 highly-trained medical teams and communicable disease experts at the EHC had made significant efforts to provide round-the-clock medical care to the evacuees during the quarantine period, setting a shining model for the national humanitarian work, dedication and giving, he added. On-site medical teams are conducting all necessary tests and health care procedures to ensure the overall well-being of the individuals.

The Emirates Humanitarian City has been set up as per the highest standards to facilitate high-quality care for individuals admitted while ensuring their privacy and dignity. Entertainment facilities – both indoor and outdoor – are provided for evacuees. Medicines, food and produce, and other essential items will also be provided.

Two special fully-serviced and manned preventative health centres – one for males and another for females – were established as per quarantine guidelines set by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the World Health Organisation recommendations to take care of the individuals under a 14-day quarantine.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, representative of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, assured families of the evacuees that they were receiving world-class healthcare as guests of the UAE.

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WAM: UAE announces recovery of three people, 72 new COVID-19 cases

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ABU DHABI, 27th March, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE announced on Friday the detection of 72 new coronavirus, COVID-19, cases and the recovery of three more individuals.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, said the new cases consisted of people who arrived from abroad or came in contact with previously confirmed cases under quarantine. Some cases were due to travel abroad.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 405, the ministry said.

In a statement, MoHAP added the new cases belonged to various nationalities – one each from Sri Lanka, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Iran, Comoros, China, Saudi Arabia, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia, Serbia, Greece, Uruguay, Romania, Sweden, South Africa, Iraq and Yemen, two each from Nepal, and Ethiopia, four from the UAE, five each from Britain, Pakistan and Lebanon, eight from Bangladesh, and 23 cases from India.

”All patients are in stable condition and receiving necessary medical care, the ministry affirmed.

MoHAP also announced the full recovery of three cases – two Bangladeshis and a Pakistani – taking the total number of recoveries so far to 55.

The Ministry advised the general public to adhere to preventative health and personal hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

It stressed basic protective measures such as the frequent washing of hands; covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue while coughing and sneezing and discarding of the tissue immediately.

The Ministry called upon the public to adhere to preventive measures, follow news updates on the health developments from the official government sources and disregard rumours and not circulate them.

It also called upon individuals suffering from respiratory ailments to avoid crowded places.

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WAM: National Disinfection Programme aims to protect health of citizens, residents, visitors: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Interior

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ABU DHABI, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — The UAE Government announced the details of the “National Disinfection Programme,” which will cover public and private facilities, streets, public transportation, metro trains and trams.

The programme will be executed from 8 pm to 6 am starting today, 26th March, and will end at 6:00 on Sunday, 29th March.

The announcement was made during the regular media briefing held today by the UAE Government in Abu Dhabi to inform the public about the latest developments and cases related to the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The briefing was hosted by Dr. Farida Al Hosani, Official Spokesperson of the UAE Health Sector, and Brigadier Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ahmad, Representative of the Ministry of the Interior.

During the briefing, Dr. Al Hosani talked about some of the details of the programme, which is being supervised by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Ministry of Interior, in coordination with all relevant federal and local institutions.

Dr. Al Hosani affirmed that the programme’s main goal is to preserve the health of citizens, residents and visitors, under the framework of precautionary and preventive measures to counter the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.

“We are aware that the programme will be implemented during the weekend period, which is the period usually allocated for social events and visiting family and friends,” Al Hosani said.

“In such exceptional circumstances, we must take care to avoid these gatherings and communicate with family and friends by phone. Do not forget the importance of social separation during this period, which is a basic principle for preserving the safety and health of everyone,” she added.

Al Hosani then highlighted the importance of social distancing and avoiding social events during the current period, including gatherings on farms, councils and day trips during weekends.

Brigadier Al Ahmad stressed the importance of the programme, which prioritises the health of citizens and residents, along with other preventive measures.

“For the programme to succeed and be implemented smoothly with all concerned parties, all segments of society, whether citizens, residents and visitors must cooperate. The programme will be launched in the weekend starting on Thursday evening, 26th March, and will run daily from 20:00 until 6:00 the next morning,” he added.

Al Ahmad explained that food outlets, such as cooperatives, groceries and supermarkets, in addition to pharmacies, will continue providing services to the public around the clock.

“During the implementation of the programme, traffic will be restricted, public movement will be suspended, and public transportation will be stopped, as well as metro and tram services, with the exception of private transportation, such as taxis, and transport companies. Everyone is required, whether citizens, residents and visitors, to stay in their homes and not go outside except to purchase food, medicine or health necessities,” he affirmed.

Regarding the details related to work and commuting to work, Al Ahmad further said that the restrictions exclude several categories of workers in vital sectors, which include energy, communication, health, education, security, and the police, along with the military and the postal, freight, pharmaceutical, water, food, civil aviation, airport, passport, finance and banking, and government media sectors, in addition to the services sector, which includes gas stations and construction projects.

Relevant categories will be verified through business cards or ID cards, and deterrent measures necessary for implementing the instructions issued by relevant national authorities include fines and imprisonment, which will comply with legal legislation, he further added while calling on everyone to follow the instructions of concerned authorities.

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WAM: National committee constituted to address the impact of coronavirus on national economy

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ABU DHABI, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Federal Cabinet approved a resolution for setting up a committee to address the negative impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, on the national economy, as part of precautionary and preventives measures taken by the government to contain the consequences of the virus on various sectors, particularly the economy.

The move is part of the proposed measures to support the economy in its various sectors.

The resolution came in the wake of the recent AED16 billion economic stimulus package approved by the Cabinet as part of the Federal Government’s additional measures to support the national economy, ensure businesses continuity, and mitigate the coronavirus impact. The latest financial support complements those announced recently by the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, along with that of the Central Bank of the UAE, taking to AED126.5 billion the total value of stimulus packages introduced since the COVID-19 outbreak to survive the current challenging conditions.

To be chaired by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and with representatives from different relevant bodies, the committee will propose necessary measures to limit the negative repercussions of the virus on human resources and the economy and submit them to the Cabinet.

The committee’s mandate also includes implementation of these proposed measures in partnership with other relevant federal and local authorities.

The committee will also assess the real impact of these measures and their efficiency in responding to economic challenges arising from the COVID-19 crisis.

The committee will also present to the Cabinet a weekly report on the latest economic developments under the current circumstances.

 

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WAM: Violators of preventive measures to face fine up to AED50,000

 

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ABU DHABI, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — Anyone violating preventive measures and instructions given by the government to contain the coronavirus, COVID-19, will receive a fine not less than AED500 and not more than AED50,000, which can be doubled in the event of repeat offense.

According to regulations approved by the UAE Cabinet on violations of the preventive measures to contain the coronavirus, third-time violations will be referred to the federal crisis and emergency prosecution.

The new legislation, which includes a list of violations and resulting penalties is part of the government’s efforts to prevent the negative effects of coronavirus on the community, and protect the health and safety of citizens, residents and visitors.

The legislation mandates that individuals and establishments must adhere to the preventive measures and instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Ministry of Interior, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, NCEMA, such as quarantine, not having contact with people who contracted the virus, and other related instructions.

The Ministry of the Interior, general headquarters of police around the country and judicial officers in federal and local government authorities are tasked with monitoring the compliance of individuals and establishments with the preventive measures and instructions issued by relevant authorities.

Violations will be recorded and warnings and directives will be issued and may be printed, and a report of such violations will be submitted if violators refuse to respond to warnings.

However, any violation may be transferred to the Federal Public Prosecution if it is a punishable crime according to enforceable national laws, and an establishment violating the law may be closed for a period of up to six months, which can be extended.

The Ministry of Interior and police departments will be in charge of collecting fines from violators and may coordinate with relevant government authorities in the matter.

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WAM: UAE Cabinet introduces measures to support suppliers to government

 

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ABU DHABI, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Federal Cabinet approved a slew of measures to support services suppliers to the federal government entities as part of government’s efforts to support the national economy and contain economic impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

The Cabinet directed federal ministries and bodies to fast track payments owed to suppliers within 15 days from the date of issuance of the resolution. Another resolution exempted suppliers affected by the COVID-19 crisis from fines for delays in regards to the execution of federal government contracts for a renewable three months.

The Cabinet also directed that small and medium suppliers be awarded 90 percent of federal government purchases.

The Cabinet recently approved an AED16 billion economic stimulus package as part of the Federal Government’s additional measures to support the national economy.

The latest financial support complements those announced recently by the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, along with that of the Central Bank of the UAE, taking to AED126.5 billion the total value of stimulus packages introduced since the COVID-19 outbreak to survive the current challenging conditions.

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WAM: India announces $22.6 billion stimulus package to stem impact of COVID-19

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NEW DELHI, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) – With a 21-day lockdown underway bringing India to a grinding halt, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced on Thursday a $22.6 billion (Rupees Rs 1.7 trillion) economic stimulus package effective April 1.

The stimulus will bring relief to poor people and millions of migrant workers whose jobs have disappeared overnight because of the lockdown. April 1 marks the beginning of India’s new financial year.

“We do not want anyone to remain hungry,” Sitharaman said in her announcement to reporters. The massive stimulus is expected to give business the necessary confidence to ease up on supply constraints for essential commodities of daily life so as to avoid panic buying by the masses.

This is Sitharaman’s second announcement of relief measures in three days. In her first announcement on Tuesday, the Finance Minister relaxed the norms for compliance with economic laws.

In the coming days, the government is expected to provide relief to business sectors like aviation, hotels, hospitality and small companies by deferring taxes for those industries, which have been hurt the most by the lockdown.

Sanjeev Sanyal, India’s Principal Economic Advisor, said on national television on Thursday night that the government is adopting a step-by-step approach to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first step was to relax compliance norms, today’s decisions are aimed at protecting the poor and daily labourers, who are most vulnerable. The next step is to provide succour to business and industry sectors which are severely affected by a cessation of their activities.

The objective of today’s stimulus is to help feed approximately 800 million poor people during the next three months when the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is expected to be felt severely in the society.

This objective will be achieved by distributing five kilogrammes of wheat or rice and one kilogram of pulses per poor citizen per month free of cost for the next three months. The government will also supply free cooking-gas cylinders to 83 million poor families.

In addition, a one-time cash transfer of Rupees 1,000 ($13.31) to 30 million senior citizens and Rupees 500 ($6.65) a month for three months to about 200 million poor women for next three months has been announced.

The Finance Minister also unveiled a medical insurance scheme for health workers who are in the frontline of fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, India’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 720 of which 660 are now active, according to the government’s website which is updated every four hours. Forty five patients have recovered while 15 persons have died from the disease.

 

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WAM: Philippines reports 7 new coronavirus deaths, 71 more cases

MANILA, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Philippine Health Ministry on Thursday reported seven new coronavirus deaths and 71 new confirmed infections, according to Reuters.

It brings the country’s confirmed cases to 707 and deaths to 45 so far, among them six doctors, Health Secretary Francisco Duque told a regular news conference. He said case numbers would rise in the coming days as more tests are carried out.

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WAM: 13 new coronavirus cases in West Bank, 86 total

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RAMALLAH, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — Thirteen new cases of coronavirus were confirmed this morning in the village of Biddo, northwest of Jerusalem, according to the government spokesman Ibrahim Milhem, bringing total in Palestine to 86, said state news agency, WAFA.

He told WAFA that tests on several people who were in contact with a village woman, who died yesterday of coronavirus, confirmed 13 new infected cases, which brings the number of the infected to 18, including the dead woman.

Milhem had also told Palestine TV this morning that one of Biddo infected people was first admitted to Ramallah hospital before he was tested positive and therefore all doctors and nurses at the hospital who came in contract with him, a total of 20, have been isolated and are being tested for the virus.

Of the 86 total in Palestine, nine are in the Gaza Strip, including seven who were confirmed positive early this morning.

A total of 17 cases in Bethlehem have recovered and were sent to home quarantine for 14 days.

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WAM: South Korea confirms 104 new Coronavirus cases

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SEOUL, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — South Korea’s new coronavirus cases hovered around 104 for the second straight day Thursday, as health authorities ramped up containment measures in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area amid a jump in imported cases, reported Korean news agency Yonhap.

The 104 new cases, detected Wednesday, brought the nation’s total infections to 9,241, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, KCDC.

For the 15th consecutive day the number of reported cases was in the region of 100 or lower. The death toll rose by six to 132, and 56 virus patients are in critical condition.

The total number of imported cases jumped by 30 to 131, the KCDC said. In addition to the 30 new imported cases that were detected at airports, 27 more imported infections were confirmed by local governments on Wednesday, said the Yonhap report.

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WAM: Russia bans international flights due to coronavirus

MOSCOW, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — Russia will prohibit regular and charter flights to and from other countries starting Friday in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the German press agency, dpa, said Thursday.

The ban would come into effect at midnight on Thursday Moscow time (21:00GMT), with an exception made for flights returning Russians from abroad to their homeland, according to a decree posted on Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s website.

Russia has reported more than 650 cases of the new coronavirus, predominantly in its capital and largest city, Moscow.

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WAM: Egypt announces 54 new COVID-19 cases

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CAIRO, 26th March, 2020 (WAM) — The Egyptian Health Ministry yesterday announced new 54 coronavirus, COVID-19, cases, all of them are Egyptians, who were in contact with other positive cases.

Khaled Megahed, the Ministry’s Spokesman, said that this brings the total number of confirmed cases to 456.

One more death was confirmed; raising the total number to 21. The new fatality was a 68-year-old man.

“Up to 95 coronavirus patients have totally recovered so far,” Megahed added.

“Four foreigners and 11 Egyptians were among the recovered patients today,” the spokesman noted.

Moreover, the number of coronavirus patients who had now been retested for the virus and had received negative results has reached 113, after getting excellent treatment in coordination with the World Health Organisation, WHO.

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