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US coronavirus death rises to 12

The death within the USA from the coronavirus has risen to 12 as King County within the state of Washington reported the most recent death on Thursday, in line with Reuters news organisation.

Of the 12 US deaths, 11 are in Washington state and one in California.

Across the US, there are now a minimum of 129 cases confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of March 5. Other news reports say the amount of cases has already reached a minimum of 225.

Globally, over 95,000 people are diagnosed with the disease, the overwhelming majority in China, with 3,015 deaths in China and 267 deaths across the world, many in Italy and Iran.

Friday, March 6
04:15 GMT - South Korea vows 'reciprocal' countermeasures
South Korea said it'll consider countermeasures to Japan's "unjust, unacceptable" travel restrictions barring visitors from areas which are hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic.

The presidential National SC met after Japan said it'd bar arrivals from highly affected areas in South Korea and Iran and order a two-week quarantine for those from other regions.

"It is unacceptable that the japanese government took such an unjust action without prior consultations with us, and that we will explore necessary countermeasures supported principles of reciprocity," the council said in a very statement.

04:15 GMT - Philippines reports two new infections
Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced two new coronavirus infections, bringing the full confirmed cases to 5.

One of the patients had reportedly travelled to Japan, while the opposite person "has no known history of travel outside the country". The second patient reported on Friday reportedly frequented a mosque in Metro Manila before the infection was confirmed.

While there are only five confirmed cases within the Philippines, over 80 Filipinos working abroad have contracted the disease, most of whom were acting on board the Diamond Princess ocean liner.

03:47 GMT - Seoul urges Tokyo to drop new entry rules
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Friday described Japan's latest entry restrictions against South Koreans following the coronavirus outbreak as "very regrettable".

Speaking at a gathering in Seoul, Chung urged Tokyo to withdraw the "excessive and unreasonable" measures against South Korean travellers.

As of Friday, there are an estimated 6,284 coronavirus infections reported in South Korea, and 80,552 cases in China.

02:12 GMT - South Korea reports 518 new cases
South Korean health authorities reported 518 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing to six,284 the full number of infections nationwide, in line with Yonhap news organisation.

Yonhap also quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that 42 people, mostly elderly with underlying illnesses, have died.

Most of the cases of infections were from the southeastern city of Daegu, a city of two.5 million people.

01:32 GMT - China reports 143 new cases, 30 deaths
China's National Health Commission reported on Friday 30 new coronavirus deaths and 143 new infections as of the top of Thursday.

At least 29 of the new deaths and 126 new cases were from the province of Hubei, the epicentre of the infections in China.

Across China, the full number of deaths has reached 3,042 with the amount of infections hitting 80,552.

00:50 GMT - Beijing reports 4 new coronavirus cases from Italy
Beijing reported four new cases of coronavirus on March 5, all imported from Italy, the city's municipal health commission said in a very statement on Friday.

The city now incorporates a total of 422 cases. Coronavirus cases are now rising across the world at a more rapid rate than inside China.

Across China, the cases have now reached 80,565 with 3,015 deaths, in line with a World Health Organization or WHO report on Thursday.

00:25 GMT - US state of Maryland confirms three cases
Governor Larry Hogan of the US state of Maryland has announced that three people from the state are infected with the coronavirus.

In a statement posted on social media, Hogan said the three individuals contracted the disease while travelling overseas. He said they're in "good condition".

23:09 GMT Thursday - French legislator hospitalised after contracting coronavirus
Reuters news organisation is reporting that a member of France's National Assembly has been hospitalised in medical care after contracting coronavirus.

France's lower house of Parliament made the announcement late on Thursday, but didn't identify the legislator.

Two others working within the dining hall of the assembly were also infected.

France has thus far reported 423 cases of the virus as these days on Thursday, up by 138 in at some point, in line with the national health service. There are seven deaths thus far in France.


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