What's Happening: Beijing quarantine, Merkel issues warning

New clusters of the coronavirus are expanding in the United States and Europe, as Italy becomes the most active epicenter of the new disease

New clusters of the coronavirus are expanding in the United States and Europe, with Europe replacing China as the new epicenter of the disease.

These are some of the latest developments on Wednesday:

BEIJING ORDERS QUARANTINE FOR ALL FOREIGN ARRIVALS

NEW CLUSTER EMERGES IN SOUTH KOREA

While cases have been waning in South Korea , a new cluster in Seoul raised alarms. The cluster was connected to a call center in one of the busiest areas of the capital. So far, 93 people have tested positive among the call center’s employees and their families, but the number could grow as hundreds more undergo testing. South Korea’s caseload of 7,755 infections and 54 deaths is the fourth highest in the world after China, Italy and Iran.

A STRONG WARNING FROM GERMANY'S LEADER

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is citing expert estimates that up to 60% to 70% of the population could be infected by the new coronavirus as she insists on the necessity of measures to slow its spread. She said the reason is because people do not yet have immunity to the virus and there are so far neither vaccines nor therapies to fight it. With some 1,300 infections and two deaths, Germany's government has recommended the cancellation of all events with more than 1,000 people, among other measures. Merkel said such measures "are giving us time” and are invaluable.

SHAKING HANDS AND HUGGING OFF THE TABLE

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