China reports uptick in new virus cases but downward trend holds

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"Once again, we're encouraged by this trend, but this is no time for complacency".

South Korea on Friday declared the city of Daegu a "special management zone, quot; after an explosion in new virus infections".

South Korea now has at least 82 cases of the infection.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a South Korean man, believed to be about 63 years old, died at a hospital near the city on Wednesday and posthumously tested positive for the virus.

Japanese officials today announce two casualties among passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which remains docked in the port of Yokohama.

"This will [be] coming down this week and next week, and the epidemic maybe go over by the end of March", he added.

In the meantime, solidarity initiatives continue with the Chinese people by worldwide organizations and governments.

Dozens of Ukrainians evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan at the heart of the novel coronavirus outbreak were welcomed home on Thursday by an angry mob who smashed windows on buses carrying the evacuees, police and local media reported.

The policemen had to disperse the protesters to unblock a road that leads to the hospital and to create a cordon for the vehicles.

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Only 394 new coronavirus infections were counted across China over the past 24-hour period, compared to 1,749 new cases added on Wednesday.

The number of new confirmed cases in the provincial capital of Wuhan, epicentre of the outbreak, stood at 319, down from 615 a day earlier and the lowest since Jan 28.

"If such large number of students come back, this will cost huge health operations for the Pakistani government. If the isolation facilities are not ready, this can cause another outbreak of this virus in Pakistan", said Li Bijian, Consul General of Karachi., he told reporters.

China's Hubei province reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, reversing three days of declines, although the numbers still confirmed a downward trend, Reuters reports.

Chinese officials have said that their drastic containment efforts have started to pay off.

"Results show that our control efforts are working", Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) said at a special meeting on the virus with Southeast Asian counterparts in Laos, citing the latest data.

To date, 25 other countries have reported 1,076 cases to the World Health Organization, and while that was very low compared with more than 75,400 inside China, Tedros said, "That may not stay the same for long".

Japan and Singapore are on the brink of recession and South Korea on Friday said its exports to China slumped in the first 20 days of February as the outbreak upends global supply chains.

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