Coronavirus: South Korea dials up testing with hospital ‘phone booth’ | AFP

A South Korean hospital introduces phone booth-style coronavirus testing facilities that allow medical staff to examine patients from behind the safety of a plastic panel, the latest innovation in the country’s drive to track down infections.

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Coronavirus: Workers disinfect Seoul trains | AFP

Workers disinfect and clean Seoul’s trains in the city’s public transit system as South Korea battles a rapid surge in coronavirus cases. The country is one of the world’s worst affected nations outside of China, with over 7,000 confirmed cases and growing.

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Coronavirus testing carried out at South Korea drive through centre | AFP

South Korea’s known coronavirus infections reached more than 7,000 on Saturday, with another two deaths reported by the national centre for disease control and prevention, taking the country’s toll to 44. The country has the largest number of reported infections outside of China, with around 50 drive through testing stations set up nationwide.

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First coronavirus death reported in Wash. state

The U.S. is banning travel to Iran in response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus and elevating travel warnings to regions of Italy and South Korea on a day when a death was reported in Washington state. (Feb. 29)

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US expands restrictions on travel from Iran over coronavirus: Pence | AFP

US Vice President Mike Pence tells reporters at a White House briefing that travel restrictions on Iran – already under a travel ban – will be expanded to help contain the coronavirus. Pence also urges US citizens to avoid traveling “to specific regions in Italy and South Korea.” SOUNDBITE

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Drive-thru coronavirus testing centres spring up in South Korea | AFP

South Koreans who suspect they have symptoms of the deadly coronavirus can now get tested at a ‘drive-thru’ centre, where they can go do the procedure without leaving their cars. South Korea has the most cases outside China, with nearly 3,000 infections as 594 more patients were reported on Saturday — the country’s biggest increase to date.

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S. Korea: Neighbourhoods quiet in virus epicentre Daegu | AFP

The streets of Daegu are near empty as South Korea reports 256 new coronavirus cases, taking its total — the highest in the world outside China — to 2,022. More than 90 percent of the new cases are in Daegu — the city at the epicentre of the country’s outbreak — and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, with the death toll remaining at 13.

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Disinfection in Daegu as virus cases soar in S. Korea | AFP

Medical staff take full precautionary measures as they collect samples from patients under self-quarantine in Daegu — South Korea’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million and the epicentre of the outbreak. The world’s 12th-largest economy announced more than 500 new infections, by far its largest rise so far.

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Coronavirus-hit South Korean city tries to contain disease spread | AFP

A worker sprays disinfectant at a railway station in Daegu, South Korea’s epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, as part of preventive measures against the spread of the virus. South Korea reported 284 new infections on Wednesday, while the US commanders reported an American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of Daegu tested positive for the virus. One Daegu resident says people are ‘too afraid to go outside’. of East Daegu station, US Army Camp CarrollN°1PB7VJ

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AP Top Stories February 26 A

Here’s the latest for Wednesday February 26th: Democrats aim at Sanders in South Carolina debate; Pompeo says Afghanistan truce is holding; More coronavirus cases in South Korea; Oil refinery fire in California.

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Virus outbreak ‘very grave’ in S.Korea says Moon as number of cases rise | AFP

The novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is “very grave”, says President Moon Jae-in, wearing the uniform of a government emergency official. Moon was speaking at a meeting with government officials in Daegu. More than 80 percent of the infections in the country have been in Daegu and neighbouring North Gyeongsang province.

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Iran, Italy, S.Korea virus cases ‘deeply concerning’: WHO chief | AFP

The jump in new coronavirus cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea in recent days is “deeply concerning”, says the head of the World Health Organization. SOUNDBITE N°1P97JA

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Disinfection in Seoul’s local market amid virus fears | AFP

Disinfection takes place in a local market in Seoul in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as South Korea reports 161 more cases, taking the nationwide total to 763 and making it the world’s largest total outside China.

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Here’s the latest for Monday February 24th: President Trump visits India; Bernie Sanders campaigns in Texas; More coronavirus cases in South Korea; Police and soldiers clash in Haiti.

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Trump slams Oscar-winning SKorean film ‘Parasite’

President Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of the Oscar-winning movie “Parasite.” His biggest complaint, at a rally in Colorado Springs, was that the film was made in South Korea. (Feb. 21)

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South Korea: ‘I’m worried Daegu will become second Wuhan’ | AFP

People in Daegu, South Korea, voice their concerns after a spike in new coronavirus cases. More than 80 members of Shincheonji Church of Jesus have now been infected. Daegu is the country’s fourth-biggest city, with a population of over 2.5 million. One man says he is “worried that Daegu will become the second Wuhan”.

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Exterior images of South Korean church affected by coronavirus | AFP

Images outside the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, South Korea. More than 80 members of Shincheonji have now been infected, starting with a 61-year-old woman who developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four church services before being diagnosed. Shincheonji is often accused of being a cult and claims its founder, Lee Man-hee, has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement. IMAGES

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‘Parasite’ cast meet President of South Korea

Director Bong Joon-ho and stars of “Parasite” meet with South Korea’s President Moon Jae-and first lady Kim Jung-Sook, in honor of their historic Oscar success. (Feb. 20)

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ShowBiz Minute: John, Bong Joon-ho, US Box Office

He’s still standing: Elton John to finish Down Under tour; “Parasite” director Bong greeted by applause in South Korea; “Sonic” speeds to $57M debut; “Parasite” sees big Oscar bump at North America box office. (Feb. 17)

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‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea | AFP

Film director Bong Joon-ho returns from the US to South Korea after the unprecedented Oscar haul for his black comedy ‘Parasite’ which shattered a 92-year-old glass ceiling and opened a new era for Korean and other foreign films on the global stage.

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Parasite director Bong Joon-ho returns to South Korea | AFP

Fresh from his Oscars triumph for ‘Parasite’, film director Bong Joon-ho returns from the US to South Korea. IMAGES

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Parasite’s shooting locations get fandom following Oscar wins | AFP

Locations featured in South Korea’s Oscar-winning “Parasite” movie have enjoyed a business boom since its Oscar triumph, with a pizza store seeing sales double.

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In sickness and in health: S. Korea mass wedding defies virus fears | AFP

Thousands of couples — some in facemasks — tie the knot in a mass Unification Church wedding, despite concerns in South Korea over the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Including families and visitors, a total of 30,000 people attended the ceremony where they also celebrated the now passed away leader Moon Sun-Myung’s centenary and his 60th Holy Wedding Anniversary.

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