BEIJING -- China’s capital has recorded a further drop in coronavirus cases amid tightened containment measures, while Brazil surpassed more than 1 million confirmed infections, second only to the United States.
Officials reported 22 new cases in Beijing on Saturday, along with five others elsewhere in China.
South Korea recorded 67 new cases, the largest 24-hour increase in about three weeks.
Most of them come from the densely populated Seoul area, where about half of the country’s 51 million people reside.
The head of the World Health Organization says the pandemic is accelerating and that more than 150,000 cases were reported the day before.
European countries continue to emerge from lockdown, however.
Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.