Wonders shall never ceasse to end as a forty-five-day old baby and a dog have become the latest confirmed carriers of Coronavirus pandemic.
The parents of the baby in South Korea and owner of the pet in Hong Kong had earlier tested positive to the virus.
As of Sunday, eight countries – United States, China, United Kingdom, Iran, Australia, Thailand, Qatar and Lebanon — recorded more deaths and more positive cases of the virus.
More than 87,690 people are infected as the virus spreads around the world with hotspots in South Korea, Europe and the Middle East.
The Korea Times reported that the baby boy, the youngest so far to contract the virus, and his mother, are in self-quarantine and in good condition.
South Korea, which is grappling with the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, urged citizens to stay indoors, warning of a “critical moment” in the spread of the infection.
Its Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 376 cases and one death linked to the virus. The country’s total number of infections stood at 3,736 last night.
Churches were closed in the country yesterday with many following services online.
In the capital Seoul, about a dozen worshippers were turned away from the Yoido Full Gospel Church, which put a sermon for its 560,000 followers on YouTube, filmed with a small choir instead of the usual 200 members and 60-strong orchestra.
“I had heard there would be no service, but just came to check as I live nearby, but yes, it is so empty,” said one of them, Song Young-koo, as he left South Korea’s biggest church.
For the first time in its 236-year history, South Korea’s Catholic Church decided to halt mass at more than 1,700 locations nationwide. Buddhist temples also called off events.
In Hong Kong, the infected dog was quarantined after it tested “weak positive” for coronavirus. Authorities said however there was no evidence yet that the virus could be transmitted to man’s best friend.