South Korea hunts sick beds as West readies for long virus fight

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Also on Tuesday, the number of severe cases decreased by 390 to 6,416, while 2,652 people were discharged from hospital after recovery.

In Europe, Italy has reported 2,502 coronavirus cases and 79 deaths, the most in Europe.

Supermarket chain Woolworths has said it will start rationing toilet paper as panic buying leaves store shelves empty across the country, which has 41 cases of Covid-19.

According to the Ministry, the fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported from New Delhi, Telangana, and Rajasthan where an Italian national has been found positive with the infection in Jaipur.

To date, almost 50,000 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital, the NHC reported. In France, the government requisitioned all current and future stocks of protective masks to ensure they go to health workers and patients. The ministry also said that the six persons have been quarantined and are stable at the moment.

On average, World Health Organization says people with mild cases recover in about two weeks, while those who are sicker can take anywhere from three to six weeks.

Another 32,217 (83% of active cases) people are infected, but they feel well.

Iran has counted 2,336 cases of the virus, reportedly even infecting at least 23 members of parliament.

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Unfortunately it seems that getting tested for COVID-19 can be more hard than expected, as one Seattle resident said on Twitter. All nine coronavirus deaths in the U.S. have come from Washington state, while 23 people there have been infected.

With the virus now reported in more than 80 countries, Saudi Arabia has barred citizens from making the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Iran has cancelled Friday prayers for a second week and leaders everywhere are pleading with citizens to put an end to the traditional symbol of mutual trust, the handshake.

More than 92,000 cases of Covid-19 have been reported globally, with more than 12,000 outside China. Millions of people get the flu every year around the world, leading to an annual death toll in the hundreds of thousands. Most were centered in the Lombardy region, with smaller clusters in Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Piedmont, the Marche, Campania, Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sicily, Puglia, Abruzzo, Trento, Molise, Umbria, Bolzano, Calabria, Sardinia and Basilicata.

The World Health Organisation says its greatest coronavirus concerns are South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan, but it is still possible for all countries to contain the virus.

He said: "The entire country has entered war against the infectious disease as the crisis in Daegu and Gyeongbuk province has reached the highest point".

The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the United Nations health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on Tuesday but surged overseas with the U.S. death toll rising to nine.

The US state of Washington reported a ninth death from the coronavirus with 27 confirmed cases and 231 people under public health supervision, the state Department of Health said in a notice on Tuesday (local time), as reported by news agency ANI.

India has suspended the granting of regular visas to nationals of Japan and three other countries to guard against the spread of the new coronavirus.

Since three new cases of coronavirus appeared in India, all airlines were asked to have all the planes coming from South Korea, Japan and Italy must undergo a disinfection process before the start of boarding for the next flight. It is the first USA coronavirus death reported outside Washington state.

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