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Korean Infections Jump; China Revises Up New Cases

The number of coronavirus cases in China topped 75,000, while concerns grew over the pace of infections in other Asian countries.

The number of coronavirus cases in China topped 75,000, while concerns grew over the pace of infections in other Asian countries.

China’s death toll rose to 2,236 with 115 new fatalities in Hubei province. The province at the center of the outbreak revised up its number of new cases to 631 from 411 reported earlier. China has been continually changing the method by which it counts coronavirus cases, leading to doubts about the data.

Anxiety has crept back into global financial markets as the outbreak spreads outside of China and investors weigh the impact on corporate earnings. The head of the World Health Organization said if countries don’t respond strongly now, the spread outside of China may become a wider threat.

 South Korea reported 52 more cases, bringing the total number to 156. Two people evacuated to Australia from a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Key Developments

  • South Korea confirms 52 more cases, bringing total to 156: Yonhap
  • China cases rise to 75,465, with 2,236 fatalities; 2,109 patients were discharged
  • Hubei revises up new cases to 631 from 411
  • Japan economic activitycontracting sharply as virus hits

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