India and South Korea have reported an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
Addtionally, the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus has risen to 12 when King County in the state of Washington reported the latest death on Thursday, according to Reuters news agency.
Across the US, there are now at least 129 cases confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of March 5. Other news reports says the number of cases has already reached at least 225.
Globally, more than 95,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease, the vast majority in China, with 3,015 deaths in China and 267 deaths across the globe, many in Italy and Iran.
Cameroon has confirmed its first case of coronavirus after a 58-year-old French citizen tested positive to the virus.
The health ministry said the man, who arrived in the capital Yaounde on February 24, has been quarantined in the city’s central hospital.
In Serbia, health minister Zlatibor Loncar reported on Friday that a 43-year-old man became the first person in Serbia to reported as having been infected with the coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus cases in India has increased sharply from six to 31 this week, the health ministry announced on Friday.
Authorities in the capital, New Delhi, have also ordered the closure of primary schools until March 31 to prevent local transmission.
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The new coronavirus outbreak could result in global economic losses of up to $347bn, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The minimum losses are projected at $77bn, or 0.1 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) while the maximum losses represent 0.4 percent of global GDP, the ADB said.
South Korea said it will consider countermeasures to Japan’s “unjust, unacceptable” travel restrictions barring visitors from areas which have been hard hit by the coronavirus epidemic.
The presidential National Security Council met after Japan said it would 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 we will explore necessary countermeasures based on principles of reciprocity,” the council said in a statement.
Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced two new coronavirus infections, bringing the total confirmed cases to five.
One of the patients had reportedly traveled to Japan, while the other 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 in the Philippines, more than 80 Filipinos working abroad have contracted the disease, most of whom were working on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
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 meeting 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.
South Korean health authorities reported 518 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing to 6,284 the total number of infections nationwide, according to Yonhap news agency.
Yonhap also quoted the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that 42 people, mostly elderly with underlying illnesses, have died.