Coronavirus: Infections Slow in South Korea, Australia Tightens Controls

  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared Daegu city, as well as the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do as special disaster zones.
  • Australian authorities have tightened measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
  • Meanwhile, scammers are trying to take advantage of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In South Korea, the number of new coronaviruses infected is gradually declining. On Sunday, March 15, authorities reported 76 new cases. Such a low rate of new infections was last observed in South Korea more than three weeks ago. Thus, the number of cases in this country reached 8,162, and 75 people have died from the effects of the infection.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

At the same time, South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared Daegu city, as well as the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do as special disaster zones, because these cities account for more than 90 percent of coronavirus cases in that country. This measure was introduced for the first time in the history of South Korea not because of a natural disaster, but because of an epidemic. It simplifies the process of allocating financial resources to combat the consequences. In particular, for residents of affected regions their taxes can be reduced, and they can be exempted from other financial obligations.

Australia Isolates Tourists for Two Weeks

Meanwhile, Australian authorities have tightened measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. Since March 16, all those arriving in the Commonwealth must observe self-isolation for a period of 14 days, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. In addition, Australia closed its seaports for foreign passenger liners for 30 days.

These measures will “very quickly drain the flow of tourists,” Morrison further noted. He also urged the Australians to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters with social contacts, to give up handshakes and hugs. “In specific cases where we have Australians on cruise ships then there will be some bespoke arrangements that will be put in place directly under the command of the Australian Boarder Force to ensure the relevant protections are put in place,” Morrison said.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

According to the news sources, in Australia at the moment there are 300 cases of coronavirus infections, at least 5 people have died from the effects of infection. In total, SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has been detected in 156 countries and territories. “What we’ve seen in recent weeks, is more countries having issues with the virus and that means the source of some of those transmissions are coming from more and more countries,” Mr Morrison said.

More than 162,000 cases of infection were officially confirmed around the world, nearly 5,000 people have died, while another 76,000 patients have recovered. At present, the epicenter of the coronavirus has moved from China to Europe, where Italy has become the most affected country. There are 21,157 cases of infection, and 1,441 people have died. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the virus as a pandemic.
Authorities Catch Coronavirus Scammers

Meanwhile, scammers are trying to take advantage of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland. The Swiss Information and Analytical Center for Information Security have reported that since Friday, March 13, residents of the country have received emails sent allegedly by the Federal Office for Health.

The letter said that one of the measures to combat coronavirus is data collection. Recipients are asked to open the application. If they fulfill this call, a spyware program is launched, thanks to which fraudsters can gain access to personal data and passwords installed on the computer.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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