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coronavirus spreads further as who expert warns world 'not ready' for pandemic | world news

More cases in South Korea while first suspected infection is recorded in Latin America Latest developmentsCoronavirus has spread further around the world as a World Health Organisation expert warned that countries outside China are “simply not ready” for a pandemic.The virus has proliferated in parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East in recent days, with the death toll rising in Iran, infections in South Korea passing 1,000 and the first suspected case recorded in Latin America – even as the n...

coronavirus: south korea to test 200,000 sect members as pandemic fears hit markets | world news

Nation brings in ‘maximum measures’ to contain outbreak at secretive church Covid-19 coverage: live updates South Korea has stepped up its “maximum measures” to contain the coronavirus with plans to test around 200,000 members of a secretive church believed to be at the centre of the country’s outbreak.Along with an emergency budget and a crackdown on the hoarding of face masks, the government in Seoul will test members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus after its founder agreed to provide autho...

coronavirus live updates: stock markets tumble amid global investor alarm | world news

Concerns mount that the spread of Covid-19 cannot be stopped as deaths outside Asia continue to rise. Follow live news updates Coronavirus outbreak is pandemic ‘in all but name’, says expert Stocks fall as virus fears hit global marketsIran denies cover-up after reports of 50 deathsWhat is coronavirus and what should I do if I have symptoms? 11.24pm GMT My colleague Ben Butler has this:The benchmark ASX200 is down 2.3% shortly after the market’s open, with falls across all sectors.#ASX200, sell-...

'it's ruining everyone': eerie quiet reigns in coronavirus-hit south korean city | world news

More than half of the country’s 602 cases have been traced to a church in DaeguSunday morning found Kim Tae-woo sitting in his convenience store at the normally bustling East Daegu train station, counting the day’s customers on the fingers of one hand.“Thing are beyond quiet here,” he said. “It feels like I’m at a meditation centre. I’m thinking of removing the magazine stand. No one has the peace of mind to flip through them now.” Continue reading...

coronavirus outbreak: woman tests positive after disembarking diamond princess – live news | world news

Infection raises questions over quarantine attempts while other countries report new cases and deaths 9.16am GMT In South Korea’s fourth-biggest city, Daegu, 90 new cases were confirmed on Sunday, bringing the city’s total to 247. More than half of the people confirmed to have been infected are either members of – or connected to – the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive religious sect with a strong presence in Daegu. 9.03am GMT A repatriation flight carrying 32 Britons and Europeans from ...

coronavirus: south korea reports 123 new cases and two more deaths | world news

Authorities place more than 9,000 Shincheonji church members in self-quarantine South Korea has reported its fourth death and more than 123 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infected to 556 as the country’s outbreak worsened.Of the 123 new cases, 75 are related to the Shincheonji church in the country’s fourth-largest city of Daegu and a neighbouring hospital. Continue reading...

south korea screens thousands of religious sect members for coronavirus | world news

Country confirms more than 430 cases as WHO head voices concern over fifth death in IranCoronavirus – latest updatesThousands of members of a secretive religious sect in South Korea are being screened for the new coronavirus after more than 430 cases were confirmed in the country by officials, one of several fresh clusters of the disease globally.More than 78,000 people around the world have been infected by the Covid-19 virus, with most cases in mainland China, though clusters that have unclear...

coronavirus outbreak: south korea records another huge jump in cases | world news

Central city of Daegu is at the epicentre of the infections, health officials say, as China’s Hubei province sees 109 more deathsSouth Korea has reported another huge jump in cases of coronavirus as the country fights to contain the spread of the deadly disease.The number of infections has increased by 142 to 346, officials said on Saturday, with most of the cases linked to the city of Daegu and surrounding region two hours south of Seoul. Continue reading...

trump's oscars rant? he just wants hollywood to see he's a star | film

The US president’s tirade against Parasite’s best picture Oscar, preferring Sunset Boulevard and Gone With the Wind, masks his own frustration at being cold-shouldered by TinseltownThe only real surprise was what took him so long. Nearly two weeks after Parasite became the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for best picture, Donald Trump lashed out at a rally in Colorado on Thursday night. “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” He asked, a propos of nothing. “The winner is a movi...

coronavirus kills young wuhan doctor as hundreds infected in china's prisons | world news

Officials and state justice chief fired as at least 500 cases confirmed in prisons in three provincesCoronavirus – live updatesA 29-year-old doctor in Wuhan has become the latest victim of the coronavirus as China reported infections in prisons in three provinces, as well as clusters in Beijing.Wuhan health authorities said Peng Yinhua, who worked in respiratory and critical care at Jiangxia district’s First People’s Hospital, had contracted the infection while working on the “front line”. Conti...

coronavirus: south korean pm vows 'swift' action as infections escalate – live updates | world news

‘Special measures’ declared to tackle ‘emergency’ in country, as two Australian cruise ship passengers test positive on arrival home. Follow latest news 1.44am GMT Two Australians who were repatriated from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home. More than 160 passengers from the cruise liner were flown to the Howard Springs camp outside the northern city of Darwin on Wednesday. 1.02am GMT Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s liv...

kim jiyoung, born 1982 review – south korean #metoo bestseller | books

This novel by Cho Nam-joo chronicles the life of a woman desperate to escape stifling gender rolesThis Korean bestseller chronicles the everyday struggle of women against endemic sexism. Its provocative power springs from the same source as its total, crushing banality: in telling the story of Kim Jiyoung – whose name is the Korean equivalent of “Jane Doe” – Cho Nam-joo’s third novel has been hailed as giving voice to the unheard everywoman.When we meet Jiyoung, she is 33, with a one-year-old ch...

trust your nose: what rich people can learn from parasite | film

Bong Joon-ho’s savage Oscar-winning satire offers plenty of helpful insights into how the wealthy can avoid being preyed on by the less fortunate Warning: contains spoilersNow that Parasite is everywhere, sweeping the Oscars and cleaning up at the box office, perhaps it’s time to stop and think about the film itself. Parasite is a fable about economic equality, which means there are many lessons that we as a society should take from it.And when I say “we”, I obviously mean “rich people”. Extreme...

built on rock: the geology at the heart of oscars sensation parasite | film

As in Uncut Gems and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a symbolic stone adds weight to Bong Joon-ho’s searing satire of Korean societyWhen Bong Joon-ho made movie history by winning a clutch of Oscars for Parasite, he held the statuettes together afterwards, making them kiss. There is something charming about Bong taking these longed-for, career-defining objects and bashing their golden heads together. We love our treasures – since antiquity people have carved and hoarded statuettes, stones, rocks, trin...

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