Depth: 36 km
Distances: 489 km W of Laâyoune / El Aaiún, Western Sahara / pop: 189,000 / local time: 17:45:36.5 2020-02-23
205 km SW of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / pop: 223,000 / local time: 16:45:36.5 2020-02-23
98 km S of Fuencaliente de la Palma, Spain / pop: 1,900 / local time: 16:45:36.5 2020-02-23
Depth: 10 km
Distances: 160 km W of Tabrīz, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 1,425,000 / local time: 19:30:31.8 2020-02-23
99 km E of Van, Turkey / pop: 372,000 / local time: 19:00:31.8 2020-02-23
52 km SE of Özalp, Turkey / pop: 8,300 / local time: 19:00:31.8 2020-02-23
33 km NW of Salmās, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 81,700 / local time: 19:30:31.8 2020-02-23
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Four of the British and Irish evacuees who landed back in Britain from Japan yesterday have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the UK total to 13.
The virus was transmitted when they were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
They are being transferred from Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral to specialist NHS infection centres, England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty said.
They were due to be quarantined for two weeks, having already spent 14 days in isolation on the ship. Almost a fifth of the 3,711 passengers originally on board the liner have been infected.
A “full infectious disease risk assessment” was carried out before the repatriation flight, and no one that boarded had displayed any symptoms, the Department of Health said.
“Appropriate arrangements” are in place at Arrowe Park, it added, including strict separation of passengers from staff and from each other.
Thirty Britons and two Irish citizens landed at Boscombe Down Ministry of Defence base near Salisbury, Wiltshire, before being taken to hospital by coach on Saturday.
Three coaches carried passengers wearing masks and medical professionals in white hazmat suits.
Meanwhile, there has been a third fatality from the COVID-19 outbreak on the Diamond Princess.
Japan’s health ministry said a passenger who was taken to hospital after testing positive had died.
The Japanese man in his eighties was among the first group of people to develop symptoms when a 14-day quarantine was ordered on the ship on 5 February, health ministry official Masami Sakoi said.
A total of four people have died from the virus in Japan – all of them in their 80s.
In Italy, about a dozen towns are in lockdown as the country races to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe following a surge in cases.
The number has risen sharply to more than 130, and two people have died in the last 48 hours.
In another development, more than 100 people flown back to the UK from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China have been released from quarantine.
The group – including 10 children and a family of four – spent two weeks at a conference centre in Milton Keynes after being brought back to Britain on a repatriation flight from the city of Wuhan.
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Around a dozen towns in Italy are in lockdown as the country races to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe after a surge in cases.
Authorities in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto have ordered schools and universities to close for at least a week, while museums and cinemas have been shut and the last two days of Venice Carnival called off.
It comes after the number of people infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in Italy jumped sharply to above 130. Two people have died in the country from the virus in the past 48 hours.
The first fatality was a 78-year-old former construction company owner, who died in Padua in the Veneto region where he had been admitted along with another person who had tested positive for COVID-19.
A second patient – a 77-year-old woman – died hours later in Lombardy.
The regional governor of Veneto, Luca Zaia, said he had dealt with several natural disasters during his career, including floods and earthquakes, but “this is the absolutely worst problem that Veneto has faced”.
Almost a dozen towns in Lombardy and Veneto, with a combined population of around 50,000 people, have effectively been placed under quarantine.
Residents have been urged to stay home and special permission is needed to enter or leave the designated areas.
Four Serie A football matches have been postponed in the wake of the virus outbreak, while the Women’s Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland has been cancelled.
The biggest jump in cases of COVID-19 was reported by authorities in Lombardy, which includes the country’s financial capital Milan, with 90 cases confirmed.
Authorities have expressed frustration they have not been able to track down the source of the virus spread in the north of Italy.
It surfaced in the region last week when an Italian man in his late 30s in Codogno became critically ill.
“The health officials haven’t been yet able to pinpoint Patient Zero,” Angelo Borrelli, head of the national Civil Protection agency, told reporters in Rome.
At first, it was widely presumed that the man was infected by an Italian friend he dined with and who recently returned from his job, based in Shanghai.
When the friend tested negative for the virus, attention turned to several Chinese people who live in town and who frequent the same cafe visited by the stricken man.
But Lombardy governor Attilio Fontana told reporters all of those Chinese people had tested negative too.
More than 2,460 people have been killed by the coronavirus outbreak, mostly in China.
There have been more than 78,800 suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide.
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South Korea has declared its highest disease alert level as it reported more than 160 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total there to 602.
A sixth person has died in the country from COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, according to the Korea Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (KCDC).
President Moon Jae-in said the COVID-19 outbreak has reached a “crucial watershed” and the “next few days will be a very important critical moment”.
In Japan, a third passenger from the coronavirus-infected Diamond Princess cruise ship has died.
The Japanese man, who was aged in his 80s, lost his life just days after a couple also in their 80s passed away.
Dozens of British passengers isolated on the ship for about a fortnight were flown home to the UK on Saturday and are now in quarantine as a precaution.
More than 300 confirmed cases of infection in South Korea are linked to a church in the southeastern city of Daegu after a 61-year-old woman known as “Patient 31” who attended services there tested positive for the virus last week. She had no recent record of overseas travel.
Seventeen South Korean Catholics in North Gyeongsang Province and their tour guide in Seoul who had gone on a pilgrimage to Israel earlier this month were confirmed to have the virus, KCDC said.
The escalation in the alert level allows the government to send extra resources to Daegu city and Cheongdo county, which were designated “special care zones” on Friday. Officials have warned people to avoid non-essential trips there.
On Friday, the confirmation of 100 cases had prompted the declaration of a health emergency in Daegu, South Korea’s fourth-largest city.
At least 78,823 people worldwide have been infected with the virus, almost 77,000 of them in China, where it originated in December.
More than 2,460 people have died, according to figures recorded by Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science.
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