South Korea aims to screen over 200,000 members of a church at the center of a hike in coronavirus cases while the U.S. committed $2.5 billion to fight the disease because it spreads rapidly past China’s borders to Europe and the Middle East.
Nations all over the world are ramping up efforts to prevent an outbreak of the flu-like virus that stemmed in China late last year and has now infected over 80,000 individuals, 10 times more cases than the SARS.
Japan’s government urged people to telecommute or work staggered hours to cease the spread of the coronavirus.
The White House stated over $1 billion would go toward creating a vaccine, with other funds allocated for therapeutics and the stockpiling of personal protective gear such as masks.
The U.S. and South Korean militaries stated Monday they could cut back joint training because of rising concerns about the spreading coronavirus, in one of the first concrete indicators of the virus’s fallout on global U.S. army operations.
The disclosure came during a visit to the Pentagon by South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, who acknowledged following discussions with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper that 13 South Korean troops had screened positive for the infection.
The U.S. army stated a 61-year-old woman in South Korea who screened positive for the coronavirus had recently visited a U.S. army base in the southeastern Daegu. It was the first case connected to U.S. Forces in Korea, which counts nearly 28,500 American troops on the point.
South Korea – which remains technically at warfare with the nuclear-armed North – has the most virus cases in Asia outside China and registered its ninth death and 60 new cases Tuesday.