South Korea, Italy, and Iran: Coronavirus cases surge outside China

Coronavirus cases have surged outside China, prompting other countries to adopt quarantine policies.

An increase in cases was reported across the Middle East and Asia this week, and some nations have begun shutting their borders to contain the infection. For instance, Iraq closed its border with Iran, the government of which reported 18 cases of coronavirus Friday as well as four deaths.

A woman traveling from Qom, Iran, to Lebanon on Thursday introduced the first case of coronavirus to the country, according to Health Minister Hamad Hassan. Two other Lebanese citizens are under investigation for possible infection.

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