S Korea reports no new domestic coronavirus cases

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Intl desk, April 30: Local infections in South Korea fall to zero for first time since its coronavirus outbreak worsened in February.Health authorities in South Korea say they recorded no new domestic cases of coronavirus infections at the end of Wednesday, a first for the country since its outbreak began to worsen in February.

However, there are four new imported cases, says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figure takes the national tally to 10,765. The death toll is up by one to 247.

The US economy has taken its hardest hit since the height of the Great Recession, with its GDP contracting 4.8 percent in the first quarter of the year.

The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defended the body’s record in its response to the new coronavirus, saying it has acted “quickly and decisively” since the beginning.

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