Latest events in the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and caused more than 11,300 deaths. COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, causes mild or moderate symptoms in most patients, but may be more severe in the elderly or with previous health problems. More than 88,200 people have recovered, mainly in China.
JOHANNESBURG — The number of coronavirus cases exceeded 1,000 in Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Africa.Angola reported its first infections and Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister announced that it suffers from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. At least 40 of the continent’s 54 nations now have confirmed cases. Ivory Coast said it will close its borders from Sunday while in Ethiopia the electoral authorities discussed the possible impact of the pandemic on the general elections scheduled for later this year.___ESTAMBUL—Turkey’s President he asked in an audio message to all citizens, especially the elderly and chronically ill, not to leave their homes, to take care of their personal hygiene and to increase the social distance to fight coronavirus. One official said Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement was sent to all telephone companies and will reach all citizens via automated calls. This is part of an effort to raise awareness among the elderly, who may not have access to information circulating on the Internet. The message was also shared through social media. At least 670 people gave coVID-19 position in the country and nine died.___SEÚL — South Korea’s prime minister «strongly recommended» the closure of the country’s religious centers, gymnasiums and clubs over the next 15 days to curb propagation of the new coronavirus. In a nationwide televised speech on Saturday, Chung Se-kyun said the government plans to use administrative orders to close the facilities that remain open, but failed to implement an obligation to keep the distance with others. The government could file damage lawsuits against churches and businesses if they are linked to pockets of infection after failing to take preventive measures, he added. Gyeonggi Province, which surrounds the capital Seoul, took similar measures and issued administrative orders requiring 140 churches and 15,000 karaoke, playrooms and clubs to strengthen their anti-virus measures. Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung said these places would be closed and could face fines of up to $2,400 if they break the rule, which requires ensuring that everyone wears a mask, disinfects their hands, and keeps a distance from Security. These businesses should prevent anyone with a fever or respiratory symptoms from entering and keep a count of visitors’ names, contact points and the date of their visit. Although the rate of contagion in South Korea slowed down since the beginning of the month, when it reported hundreds of new cases daily, there are concerns about the steady increase in infections in the Seoul metropolitan area, where it lives in about half of the 51 million inhabitants of the country. Seoul, Gyeonggi Province and Incheon have 675 cases combined.