The coronavirus is spreading in Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world, even as parts of China begin to lower their emergency response level as the number of new cases reported there continues to slow.
Iran’s deputy health minister and an MP have both tested positive for the new coronavirus, as it struggles to contain an outbreak that has killed 15.
New York Times reported earlier that an American soldier in South Korea has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.
The soldier, a 23-year-old man, is based in Camp Carroll in Waegwan, 12 miles from Daegu, the South Korean city at the center of an outbreak in the country.
South Korea reported 169 new patients on Wednesday, the biggest outbreak outside of China.
More deaths have been reported in Italy, while South Korea on Wednesday said an 11th person had died of the disease there. The country now has at least 1,146 cases of coronavirus after 169 more infections were confirmed, most of them in and around the city of Daegu.
Globally, at least 80,000 people have been diagnosed with the illness.
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