Coronavirus: South Korea cases surge as Australia bans Iran arrivals

US says three new cases are unrelated to travel, while UK authorities are racing to understand how Essex man became infected

Australia has placed a travel ban on Iran because of coronavirus, putting it on the same level of restrictions as China, following the first case in Australia of a person who had travelled to Iran testing positive to Covid-19.

South Korea has urged its citizens to stay indoors and warned it is facing a “critical moment” in its battle against the coronavirus. It has recorded its biggest daily jump in the number of cases reported since it reported its first case on 20 January, with 594 new cases reported on Saturday. The total number of cases is 2,931. Another person is confirmed to have died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 17.

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