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South Korea reports lowest number of new cases


South Korea reports lowest number of new cases

South Korea has reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases since infection rates peaked four weeks ago, fuelling hope Asia's worst outbreak outside China may be abating.

The country recorded 64 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 8,961 with 111 deaths.

But health officials warn against complacency, saying the country still faces a long war against the infection.

Europe is currently at the centre of the pandemic.

Italy reported 651 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total there to 5,476, while Spain added another 462 deaths in the past 24 hours for a total of 2,182.

What's happening elsewhere?

* Italy banned people from travelling outside the municipality they are currently in, even to return to their normal place of residence, except for urgent work or health reasons

* Russian military transport planes began delivering desperately needed ventilators, disinfection equipment and medical teams to Italy, which has the highest death toll in the world

* Saudi Arabia announced a 21-day dusk-to-dawn curfew with exemptions for key workers

* The United Arab Emirates, home to major carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways, is to suspend all passenger and transit flights for two weeks

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