Wednesday, 03 June, 2020


China's coronavirus death toll rises to 2,442

Coronavirus updates: South Korea reports big jump in cases, virus spreading in Chinese prisons The coronavirus is spreading outside China, narrowing hope to eliminate it
Bennie Garza | 26 February, 2020, 16:22

In 2003, a single patient with Sars - another coronavirus which binds to the same protein receptors as Covid-19 - was believed to be responsible for infecting up to 300 people in a Hong Kong housing complex through their diarrhoea after a "virus-laden aerosol plume" wafted through the building's air shafts.

South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday morning, bringing the nationwide total to 346.

Egypt is among 13 countries that the World Health Organization identified as high priority in Africa because of direct travel links to China or a high volume of Chinese travel.

The National Health Commission also confirmed another 648 new cases in China.

South Korea announced 169 more cases of the new virus, bringing the country's total to 602.

China's health ministry reported 115 more deaths in Hubei province which is the epicentre of the virus.

South Korea earlier informed Israel that a group of tourists who traveled to Israel and the West Bank for a week this month tested positive for the virus upon returning home.

The two regions are Italy's industrial heart and jointly account for 30% of gross domestic output. So far, 621 cases have been confirmed among the ship's original 3,711 people on board.

The World Health Organization defines a "global pandemic" as a disease spreading on two continents, though some public health experts would call an outbreak a pandemic if the spread is over a wide area or across many worldwide borders.

South Korea now has the most cases outside China, where the outbreak began. Two of the region's confirmed infections were in relatives of the man who died, Veneto regional president Luca Zaia said. He was from the town of Monselice, near the northern city of Padua, Corriere della Sera reported.

The latest cases reported by South Korea are from "several distinct clusters", Oliver Morgan, the WHO's director of health emergency information and risk assessment, told the briefing. After the revision, the total confirmed cases in Hubei has reached 62,662.

The window of opportunity to stop the spread in countries outside China is "really narrowing", he said.

He warned that if countries did not quickly mobilise to fight the spread of the virus, "this outbreak could go in any direction. We know that more than 80% of patients have mild disease and will recover, but the other 20% of patients have severe or critical disease, ranging from shortness of breath to septic shock and multi-organ failure", said Tedros.

China has reported 76,936 cases and 2,442 deaths, according to data through Saturday.

New virus cases in China have again declined, up just 394, after authorities again changed how they count new daily infections.

Officials are also investigating a possible link between churchgoers and the spike in infections at the Cheongdo hospital, where 111 people have so far been infected, mostly patients at a mental illness ward. "We have it very much under control in this country", Trump told reporters before leaving for India. "However, some countries have detected significantly fewer than would have been expected based on the volume of flight passengers arriving from Wuhan City, China", they wrote.

Wuhan is the centre of the outbreak.

The coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries and is causing mounting alarm due to new pockets of outbreak in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Italian patient, who tested positive for the virus two weeks ago, was cleared to leave the hospital, while one of the Chinese visitors tested negative for the virus for the first time.

But new, albeit isolated findings about the coronavirus could complicate efforts to thwart it, including the Hubei government's announcement on Saturday that an elderly man took 27 days to show symptoms after infection, nearly twice the presumed 14-day incubation period.

Turkey's health minister said all passengers from Iran will undergo medical checks, while Bahrain has issued an advisory against travel to Iran. But right now, what we know, is there's barely any impact here at home.

He said there had been signs of the outbreak affecting bond markets, after the yield on 10-year treasuries fell below 1.5 per cent.

Mrs Martin thinks it would be safer to stay in Singapore - where there are 89 cases of the coronavirus - adding that her mother has asked her to fly back with her son. While it remains to be seen if the new virus is waning, that kind of lockdown makes it hard for people to get other critically important care, like fast treatment for a heart attack.

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