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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

* The Republic of Korea (ROK) confirmed 248 more cases of the COVID-19 on Monday (March 9), raising the total number of infections to 7,382. One more death was reported, lifting the death toll to 51.

* A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference.

* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the executive order and declared a state of public health emergency after the country’s Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the local COVID-19 transmission in the country, his spokesperson said on Monday.

* Six new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Malaysia on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 99, said the Health Ministry. All six of the new cases are part of a cluster of cases traced to the 26th patient and were identified through contact tracing, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement.

* France, where more than 1,000 positive cases of coronavirus have been detected, would put a temporary ban on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people to contain the outbreak, Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on Sunday.

* A third patient in the UK who tested positive for COIVD-19 has died, UK’s health authorities confirmed Sunday evening. As of Sunday morning, a total of 273 people have tested positive for COIVD-19 in the UK, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care.

* Cyprus is to send a detachment of its security forces to Greece to help in repelling migrants and refugees trying to break through from Turkey into Greece, government spokesman Kyriakos Kousios announced on Sunday.

* The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US state of New York surged to 105 on Sunday, or 16 more than the day before, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. As of Saturday night, more than 420 cases of COVID-19 were reported in the United States with 17 deaths.

* Significant progress has been made in implementing preventive measures nationwide, although no COVID-19 cases have been reported in Cuba to date, President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Saturday.

* Finland has cancelled its participation in an international military maneuver in northern Norway due to the COVID-19, the Finnish Defense Forces announced on Sunday in a statement.

* Due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in Germany, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn recommended that events with more than 1,000 participants be canceled for the time being, the German Press Agency (DPA) reported on Sunday. The number of confirmed cases had reached 902 as of 3 p.m. local time Sunday, a rise of 107 cases in 24 hours.

* Spanish authorities confirmed on Sunday morning that there were 589 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, an increase of 159 cases since Saturday. The number of deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, rose from 8 to 10.

* Thirty-one new COVID-19 infections were detected and confirmed in Belgium, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases to 200, said a statement issued Sunday by the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health.

* The number of infected COVID-19 cases in Austria climbed to over 100 on Sunday, with no deaths reported, according to local health authorities.

* Israel’s Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that 14 more Israelis were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients in Israel to 39. The patients diagnosed with the virus include residents who came back from Spain, Austria, Belgium and Italy.

* Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that schools and universities in the kingdom are suspended in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Saudi Arabia has so far registered 11 COVID-19 cases.

* Jordan on Sunday decided to temporarily ban vacations abroad for expatriate workers and foreign students studying in Jordan to control any possible outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

* A commander of Iran’s army said on Sunday that there is no confirmed case with the COVID-19 in the military bases of Iran’s army ground force, official IRNA news agency reported. On Sunday, Iran said that the novel coronavirus has affected 6,566 and has claimed 194 lives in the country.

* King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sunday reaffirmed the country’s support for the efforts to reach an agreement to resolve the dispute over Ethiopia’s Nile dam project, which will safeguard Egypt’s water security rights.

* Israel will set up an assistance fund worth ILS4 billion new (about US$1.15 billion) for companies affected by the spread of COVID-19, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday.

* Canada will send a chartered plane to bring home Canadians on board a cruise ship that is being held off the coast of California because of an outbreak of COVID-19, the Canadian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. The US government announced on Friday that 21 passengers on board the Grand Princess cruise ship had tested positive for COVID-19. The ship, which is carrying more than 3,500 people from 54 countries, including 237 Canadians, is expected to reach Oakland on Monday.

* Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced on Sunday that Croatia is ready to accept some of the children living in refugee camps on Greek islands, national news agency Hina reported.

* A total of 94 people had died of dengue fever since the beginning of this year across Indonesia, the Health Ministry said as quoted by local media on Sunday.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged Greece to open its border gate for the passage of illegal immigrants, who have been waiting in Turkey’s northwestern border for the last 10 days to enter Europe. Turkish authorities claimed that a total of three refugees were shot dead by Greek police so far.

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