Coronavirus Update: Cases Surge in Iran and Korea, Doctor in Wuhan Dies

By Anna Breuer on 21 February 2020
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Chinese officials reported 889 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the previous 24 hours.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases on the mainland to 75,465.  The death toll in the preceding 24 hours went up by 118, to 2,236.

China’s National Health Commission said that 2,019 patients had recovered as of Friday, bringing the total number of patients who were being treated for the coronavirus in Chinese hospitals to 18,264.

Outside of China, officials in Iran reported 18 new cases in three cities, with four fatalities. In South Korea, officials there reported a surge in cases that is linked to a secretive church, bringing the number of confirmed cases to over 200.


02-21 China is focusing on its citizens’ defiance of quarantines. The director of the Public Security Administration of the Ministry of Public Security said that police were cracking down on “frustrated citizens” who were disrupting controls that have been put into place.  “During the epidemic, we found some individuals who were airing their grievances and disappointment by spitting at members of the public, in lifts, on supermarket merchandise and even at medical staff,” Li Jingsheng, the agency’s director, said, adding that other citizens have refused to wear protective gear in public places and have “abused and beaten” workers who were carrying out control and protective measures.

02-21 The coronavirus has not yet peaked, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping.  State broadcaster CCTV reported that he said this at a meeting of the Communist Politburo. “The battles to defend Hubei province and Wuhan should be well fought, and measures should be taken to contain the spread of the outbreak,” he said.

02-21 Another doctor died in Wuhan.  Peng Yinhua was a 29-year-old respiratory doctor and was among the youngest of the publicly announced victims of Covid-19, which has largely killed older men and women with preexisting health conditions.

02-20 Ministry of Justice officials in China reported an outbreak of the coronavirus affecting more than 500 prisoners and guards in three provinces. “With a heavy heart and sense of responsibility, I am reporting to you that as of February 20, five prisons in Hubei, Shandong, and Zhejiang have reported infections among their populations,” said He Ping, head of the ministry’s Bureau of Prison Administration.  China’s prisons are notoriously cramped.

02-20 – The Port Authority Transit Corporation Speedline, known in the Philadelphia area as PATCO, ran out of its Freedom fare cards due to the inability of its Chinese supplier to deliver them as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  The agency had to scramble for a non-Chinese supplier in order to maintain operations, it said.

02-20 MTR, which operates Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway, said it would freeze ticket prices for the remainder of the year instead of implementing a fare hike in June. It is also halving the rent of smaller shops that operate inside its stations and malls due to the coronavirus outbreak and a significant drop in rail passengers

02-20 Two passengers on the cruise ship Dream Princess that is docked in Yokohama died as a result of the coronavirus.  Both individuals were in their 80s.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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