Still, the overwhelming majority of coronavirus cases and deaths have taken place in China - where more than 75,500 people have fallen ill and more than 2,230 have died, according to the WHO. Globally, the current confirmed total of virus cases exported from mainland China is 156.
Researchers found that countries such as Singapore, Finland, Nepal, Belgium, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, and Canada, have been more effective in their virus detection efforts.
The outbreak has not yet reached the pandemic stage, he said, despite the emergence of 18 new cases, with four deaths, in Iran, among people with no connections to travel to China.
Cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, making the country the newest front in a widening global outbreak centred in China and now reverberating elsewhere.
There have been more than 77,000 cases of coronavirus worldwide.
New cases in South Korea jumped to 73 by Thursday, tripling the number of cases in the country. Four people have now died from the virus in Iran and Italy recorded its first fatal case on Friday night.
On Thursday, the government in China's eastern province of Shandong said that a prison guard at Rencheng jail in Jining, a city of eight million, had shown COVID-19 symptoms in early February and that subsequently more than 2,000 inmates and staff were tested, with 200 prisoners and seven officers coming back positive.
More than 500 people have been tested for the virus in B.C. and many of those tested positive for the flu.
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Modeling experts from Imperial College London examined recent COVID-19 developments outside of China that suggest that two-thirds of cases exported from China's mainland have gone undetected, which could have triggered yet-undetected local spread of the virus.
Among them, Hubei Province, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported 271 imported cases.
A 61-year-old woman in Daegu is believed to be at the heart of the rapid spread and is thought to have passed the infection to dozens of fellow worshippers at the controversial Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
A different centre of an infection has been the Diamond Princess cruise ship held beneath quarantine in Japan due to the fact February 3, with more than 630 conditions accounting for the biggest an infection cluster exterior China.
World Health Organization officials said that they are now in talks with the government in the Islamic republic. "However, some countries have detected significantly fewer than would have been expected based on the volume of flight passengers arriving from Wuhan City, China", they wrote.
In China, 83% of the cluster cases have occurred in families, while other mass infections have occurred in hospitals, schools, shopping malls, and factories, the National Health Commission revealed after analyzing over 1,000 such cases.
This brings the number of cases of COVID-19 in B.C.to six.