February 21, 2020:
THE number of Covid-19 deaths outside China climbed to 11 today, with three reported in Japan, where the latest cases involved a man and a woman in their 80s who had been aboard a quarantined cruise ship.
South Korea also reported its first death. The number of infections in the country nearly doubled yesterday to 104 while Iran reported two deaths on Wednesday and three new cases yesterday.
Other Covid-19 deaths were reported in France, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
In Japan, critics slammed the government’s quarantine measures on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, which is the biggest Covid-19 cluster outside China with 634 cases among passengers and crew.
In South Korea, of the 51 cases reported yesterday, 40 were in a cluster centred on a branch of a church in Daegu. The infections apparently came from a 61-year-old woman who attended at least four services in before being diagnosed.
Iraq yesterday clamped down on travel to and from neighbouring Iran where two elderly men died.
In Ukraine, a crowd clashed with police outside a hospital over a plan to quarantine evacuees from China. Demonstrators lit fires and pelted buses carrying the evacuees to a medical centre.
Fatalities in China today hit 2,118 as 114 more people died but health officials reported the lowest number of new cases in nearly a month, including in the epidemic epicentre f Hubei province.
Over 74,000 people have been infected by Covid-19 in China and hundreds more in over 25 countries.