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In Europe, Austria, Croatia, and Switzerland reported their first cases, with links to Italy, as Middle East countries reported more cases, fueled by Iran's outbreak.
Also, cases continue to surge in South Korea and Italy, and the US reports more positive tests in evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
In other developments, Italy's outbreak expanded and a California city blocked a plan to move evacuees from Travis Air Force Base.
Also, South Korea cases almost double, to 104, many part of a church cluster.
Also today, 79 more Diamond Princess infections were reported—raising cruise ship totals to 621— and the WHO details stepped-up response measures regarding the Westerdam ship in Cambodia.
Research news includes evidence of person-to-person spread before symptoms.
With 137 newly confirmed infections, cases on the Diamond Princess reach 355.
Ideally, anyone coming into a room with a COVID-19 patient should wear a tight-fitting respirator.
Contrary to earlier official reports, more than 500 healthcare workers were infected by mid-January.
Health officials are investigating a family cluster at a French ski resort, Singapore shares details on local transmission, and the CDC releases guidance for businesses.
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