South Korean tourists leaving Israel are pictured at a pavillon separated from the main terminal of Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv on February 24, 2020. - Israel on February 22 refused to allow some 200 non-Israelis to disembark from a plane which arrived from South Korea, as part of measures against the new coronavirus, the health ministry said. A day after confirming its first case of the COVID-19 virus, Israel on Saturday banned all flights from both South Korea and Japan. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Coronavirus cases surge in Italy, Iran, South Korea

Italy has now confirmed 219 cases of the virus, Angelo Borrelli, head of the country’s civil protection agency, said during a press briefing Monday.

Of the 219 tally, five people have died and one person has recovered, he said.

Borrelli said 91 of the cases were currently in isolation at their homes.

The northern region of Lombardy is the hardest hit, with 167 of the cases and four of the deaths, he added.

Fears in Europe: After the rise in numbers over the weekend, nearby European countries are getting nervous. Austrian authorities said they will meet today to study the situation and analyze if border controls with Italy are necessary.

  • Conflicting reports in Iran: The country’s health ministry said there were 12 deaths as of Monday — but a lawmaker in the city of Qom put the death toll at 50.
  • Northern Italy restrictions: 5 people have died in Italy — the site of Europe’s biggest outbreak — and restrictions have been imposed on some municipalities.
  • Spike in South Korea: South Korea announced 231 new cases Monday, with the nationwide total surging past 830. More than half of those are associated with a branch of a religious group.

Leave a Reply