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DW News 28 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: WHO warns of 'very high' risk of global spread


South Korea has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, bringing the total there to more than 2300. And the K-Pop scene is also taking a hit. Megastars BTS have cancelled four of their Seoul concerts due to the outbreak. The World Health Organization says there is now a "very high" risk of the coronavirus spreading globally. Germany's health ministry has confirmed almost 60 cases of the virus. Authorities have confirmed the first death of a British citizen, who had been quarantined aboard a cruise ship anchored off Japan. Nigeria has registered the first case of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa. And Iran, which has seen the largest number of deaths outside China, called off Friday prayers in some major cities, in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

The World Health Organization says the world is not ready to fight the new coronavirus, known as COVID 19. As the disease continues to spread to more countries outside China, the WHO is warning governments to brace for a possible pandemic. South Korea remains the country with the highest number of infections outside China. The US military has confirmed its first case among soldiers based in South Korea. Meanwhile officials there are racing to contain an outbreak that has swelled to more than 11-hundred cases. Italy has now confirmed that eleven people there have died from the coronavirus. 322 people have been infected, a one-day increase of almost half. It comes as other European countries are recording their first cases. Experts believe travellers are carrying the virus from Italy, which is the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe. They include one of two new cases in Germany. Italy's health minister has been hosting emergency talks with ministers from neighboring countries and Germany to discuss a joint response. He gave this assessment.
Farmers in the United States are regarded as being in a high-risk group for the coronavirus pandemic.
That is despite working in the vast, open fields of the so-called "farm belt" in the midwest.
Farmers there fear shortages of food and labour if the virus spreads into their rural communities.
Al Jazeera's John Hendren reports from Chicago.
Boris Johnson is spending a second night in intensive care being treated for coronavirus. Downing Street said he was in "good spirits" and in a stable condition, receiving oxygen but not on a ventilator. The Queen has sent a message of support to Mr Johnson's family including his partner Carrie Symonds who's expecting their child. The latest official figures on the spread of coronavirus in the UK show that 786 people have died in hospital in the last 24 hours, the highest number reported so far. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg and Health Editor Hugh Pym.
The WHO raised the global risk level from COVID-19 to "very high" as it continued to spread rapidly outside China, with 67 deaths in 49 countries.…

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