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The number of coronavirus infections has continued to increase and on Sunday, Italy and South Korea reported that the number of cases in the countries had increased significantly. As a result, authorities have taken measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Italy and South Korea close schools and ban events

Among the measures taken by Italian authorities is the closure of the carnival event in Venice. The country has reported around 133 cases of infection with most of the cases reported in the northeast region of Veneto that includes Venice. With the confirmed cases there has been the closure of schools and universities in the Lombard region, including Milan. Concerts, public gatherings, and movie theatres have been banned.

The first cases in the country were reported early this month, but up to now, there have been only two reported deaths with around 27 patients in ICU.

In South Korea president Moon Jae-in indicated that the country has been placed under high alert for COVID 19. Moon has instructed government officials to take necessary measures to fight the growing viral outbreak, which has seen over 600 people in the country infected. The president said that the government has raised its anti-virus alert to “Red.” This will allow authorities to take steps such as the closure of schools as well as minimizing public transport operations and flights to and from the country. 

COVID 19 deaths in Iran increase

Iran has also been hit with an increase in the number of cases with reports indicating that there have been around 50 deaths. Following the reports countries such as Turkey, Armenia, and Pakistan have closed their borders. For instance, Afghanistan introduced travel restrictions. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashintan indicated that they will halt communication with Iran in the next two weeks as a way of curbing the spread of the virus.

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki indicated that the virus originated from China to central Iran. Namaki stated that among the people that have died from coronavirus was one trader that frequented China and who has been connecting between the countries via indirect flights.