COVID-19 cases extend to the Middle East and nears 76,000

February 21, 2020 12:05 PM
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China's National Heath Commission reported 889 newly confirmed cases in the previous 24 hours, bringing the total in mainland China to 75,465. The coronavirus has infected 234 people in two prisons outside the province at the center of the epidemic in China and South Korea reported 52 new confirmed cases of the virus on Friday. 

Plus: Afghan, international and Taliban forces will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence in Afghanistan beginning at 1930 UTC, or midnight local time. Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to help hardline loyalists of the supreme leader tighten their grip on power as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home. Syrian aid groups are bracing for a larger displacement crisis as families continue to flee in search of safety and supplies remain in short supply.

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