Summary:

  • Italy confirms second death, 12 towns on lockdown, more than 50 cases confirmed, incl. 1 in Milan
  • Japan cases triple in a week to 121
  • Chinese scientists find virus in urine
  • Experts propose 27 day quarantine, say 14 days likely not long enough
  • Cases outside China go exponential
  • 32 UK and European citizens arrive back in UK on evac flight
  • Outbreak reported in South Korean psychiatric ward
  • WHO team visits Wuhan; will give Monday press conference
  • Iran reports 10 new cases, deaths climb to 6
  • San Diego says 200 under ‘medical observation’
  • Young woman infected five relatives without ever showing symptoms
  • South Korea cases surge 8-fold in 4 days to 433; country reports third death

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Update (1330ET): News reports claim that roughly half of the latest batch of confirmed cases in South Korea which doubled the country’s total confirmed came from a hospital near Daegu in Cheongdo County, where 11 cases were confirmed. 109 of those infected found to be in the psychiatric ward, either as patients or staff, according to the director of the South Korean CDCP. Nine of them were doctors.

The Blue House has asked South Korean citizens to avoid group activities and assemblies, and recommended that events be replaced with online gatherings. If its guidelines aren’t followed voluntarily, the government warned that it would resort to “strict measures” to contain the outbreak if its guidelines aren’t followed by the public.

Medical workers carried a patient infected with coronavirus to a hospital in Chuncheon, South Korea on Saturday.

In yet another sign of Japan’s shortcomings when attempting to contain the virus, an officer who worked at an airport quarantine in northern Japan has reportedly tested positive for the virus.

Britain’s Foreign Officer confirmed Saturday that 32 British and European citizens had landed back in the UK, and would soon be quarantined.

In Italy, the government has confirmed the first case in Milan, a city of 1.8 million that’s a center of Italian industry and fashion.

Iran has reported another death, bringing its total to 6.

The latest total for Japan puts cases at 738, including some passengers and crew from the “Diamond Princess” as the number of confirmed cases ex-China continues to climb.

Just looking at new cases from the top 7 infected countries is alarming:

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