Comprehensive news: Japan and South Korea's new crown virus infections continue to rise

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, February 23, Xinhua News Agency reporters abroad: Recently, the number of confirmed cases of NDV infection in Japan and South Korea has continued to rise, reaching 773 and 602 cases, of which the number of confirmed cases in South Korea has increased significantly. On the 23rd, the South Korean government has raised the early warning of new crown pneumonia to the highest "severe" level. In addition, new cases have also increased in Italy and Iran.

According to the latest report from the Korean Ministry of Disease Management, from 9:00 to 16:00 local time on the 23rd, South Korea has newly added 46 new cases of coronavirus infection and 1 new death. Currently, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in South Korea has risen to 602, of which 5 have been fatal.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced on the afternoon of the 23rd that the government, based on the recommendations of infectious disease experts, decided to raise the early warning level of the new crown pneumonia infectious disease crisis to the highest "severe" level, and significantly strengthen the epidemic prevention response system. The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea announced on the afternoon of the 23rd that kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools in Korea nationwide were postponed for a week until March 9.

According to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization, a total of 634 cases of new crown virus infection have been confirmed on the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship docked at the port of Yokohama, Japan. As of the 22nd, there were still about 300 passengers and 1,000 crew members on the "Diamond Princess" cruise.

Japan ’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare announced on the evening of the 22nd the country ’s aggregated infected persons ’data for that day. Excluding the“ Diamond Princess ”cruise ship, a total of 27 new cases were confirmed across Japan. One of the 27 new cases was a Japanese who left the Diamond Princess cruise ship to return home on the 19th.

According to the latest statistics released by the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) TV station on the afternoon of the 23rd, a total of 16 confirmed cases of new crown virus infection were found in 47 prefectures and counties in Japan. Including 634 confirmed cases of the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship, there were 773 confirmed cases in Japan. Japanese Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Kato said on the 22nd that he had begun to try a pillavir, an anti-flu drug developed in Japan, for infected people.

Italy and Iran have reported new deaths in the latest outbreak notifications. Italy ’s Minister of Citizen Protection and Commissioner of the New Crown Virus Emergency Committee, Borelli, told the media after a cabinet meeting on the 22nd that there are currently 79 people diagnosed with New Crown virus in Italy, 2 of whom died and 1 was cured and discharged. According to Italian Prime Minister Conte, the cabinet meeting on that day adopted a series of new prevention and control measures, such as closing some areas of outbreaks in northern Italy, and suspending sports and educational travel in Italy and abroad.

Iran ’s Ministry of Health reported on the 22nd that Iran had 10 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, including one death. Iran reported the first confirmed case on the 19th, and the cumulative number of cases has now risen to 28, of which 5 have died.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates announced on the 22nd that two Iranian tourists were diagnosed with E.coli infection in the United Arab Emirates, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the country to 13, all of which were foreigners. (Participating reporters: Hua Yi, Su Xiaopo, Geng Xuepeng, Lu Rui, Chen Lin, Chen Zhanjie)