SINGAPORE — Authorities in China and around the world are in a race to contain a deadly coronavirus – originating from Wuhan – that’s fast-spreading throughout Asia and the globe.
To date, the epidemic has surpassed the recorded infection and fatality figures for the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
The outbreak started sometime in December last year and is likely to have come from an animal source at Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan, which reportedly sold live foxes, crocodiles, wolf puppies, giant salamanders, snakes, porcupines, and other game, in addition to seafood.
Here’s a look at the key developments and global numbers:
To date, there are 313 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Singapore, of which over 130 are imported cases. Here is the breakdown of cases in Singapore, as well as measures taken by local authorities:
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Samoa signed a bilateral agreement with China on Saturday, promising "greater collaboration" as Beijing's foreign minister continues a tour of the South Pacific that has sparked concern among Western allies.
Former US president Donald Trump rejects calls for tightened gun controls, following the Texas school massacre, saying decent Americans should be allowed the firearms they need to defend themselves against "evil." Trump's remarks came as he headlined an NRA event in Houston, three days after an 18-year-old gunman with a legally-bought AR-15-style rifle killed 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, marking the deadliest school shooting in the state's history.
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