Coronavirus Headline Briefs (Saturday 7th Mar, 1230 hrs), 102,239 Infected Cases Spanning 98 Countries, 3502 Dead
Singapore Reports 13 New Covid -19 Cases In A Day, Total Now 130
Thirteen new coronavirus
cases have been confirmed in Singapore, nine of them linked to a private dinner event at on Feb 15, the Ministry of Health.Two others are believed to be imported cases, one linked to a previous case, and the last with no known links yet. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Singapore to 130 with 9 still in critical conditions.
South Korea Confirms 174 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total To 6,767.
South Korea on Saturday (March 7) reported 174 additional coronavirus cases from late Friday, taking the national tally to 6,767, the Korea Centres for Disease and Control and Prevention (KCDC) said. The death toll remained unchanged at 44 from late Friday.
New York Pleads For More Tests As Cases Rise
New York City officials pleaded with the federal government Friday (March 6) to send more diagnostic kits for the new coronavirus, saying in a letter that the city's limited capacity to test had "impeded our ability to beat back this epidemic. "Fewer than 100 people had been tested for the coronavirus in New York City as of noon Friday, according to the city's Department of Health, even as concerns grew that the virus was circulating largely undetected. Officials said that 22 new cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed, most of them believed to be related to a Westchester County cluster, just north of New York City, bringing the total count in the state so far to 44. Officials said there were likely far more.
Infections In Belgium Doubles To 109
The number of cases in Belgium more than doubled in 24 hours to 109 from 50. Belgian authorities said they expect the numbers to continue climbing. Most of the patients recently traveled in Italy, but there have also been transmissions within the country, the authorities said.
Iran Adds More Than 1000 Cases In 24 Hours
Iran’s health ministry said that 1,233 new cases were identified over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day increase, bringing the total to 4,747. Fatalities from the virus climbed to 124. The dead include a newly elected female parliament member, Fatemeh Rahbar.
Second Coronavirus Death Confirmed In England
A second patient in England who tested positive for coronavirus has died, the United Kingdom's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty confirmed. The patient was being treated at Milton Keynes University Hospital and had underlying health conditions.
Colombia Has Confirmed First Case Of Coronavirus
The Health Ministry in Colombia confirmed its first case of coronavirus, joining other South American countries that have reported cases of the fast-spreading disease.
Pompeo Speaks Of 'Wuhan Virus' Despite China's Protests
For the second day in a row, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly referred to COVID-19 as the "Wuhan virus" or "Wuhan c
oronavirus," a reference to the central Chinese metropolis that is hardest hit. Asked in a CNBC interview about the success of Beijing's response to the outbreak, Pompeo said, "I'm happy you complimented the Chinese Communist Party today, but remember this is the Wuhan coronavirus that's caused this. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, said in a briefing this week about the terms "Wuhan virus" or "China virus," saying that it was "highly irresponsible" for media to use them.
Peru President Confirms First Coronavirus Case
Peru has detected its first case of the new coronavirus in a 25-year-old man who had travelled to Europe. President Martin Vizcarra called for calm and said the nation had taken "all the medical measures" to treat the patient, who had been in Spain, France and the Czech Republic and was in a stable condition.
Utah Announces Its First Case Of The Novel Coronavirus
There are now 29 US states with cases of the novel coronavirus, after Utah announced a resident had tested positive. The Utah Department of Health said in a news release that the resident had contracted the coronavirus while onboard the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is anchored off the coast of California under quarantine. The patient, described as a Davis County resident over the age of 60, sought medical attention after returning home and developing symptoms. The patient is now at home in isolation.
Iraq Confirms 8 New Cases Of Coronavirus, Bringing Total To 46
The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced eight new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to 46. Iraq shares a border with Iran, the Middle Eastern country that has the largest number of infections in the region.
Ecuador Confirms 14th Case Of Coronavirus
Ecuador’s ministry of health has confirmed an additional case of the coronavirus, bringing the country’s total to 14. The health officials said that the foreign individual traveled to Ecuador for tourism and is now hospitalized; his condition is not being revealed. It was not announced which country the tourist came from.
Italy Reports Biggest Daily Jump In Death Toll
The death toll from the new coronavirus in Italy has risen to 197 after the largest daily increase in fatalities there since the outbreak began. Officials said 49 people had died in 24 hours, while more than 4,600 cases have been reported in total. The country has now reported the most deaths outside of China, where the virus emerged in December.
Melbourne Doctor Could Be Super Spreader
News is emerging about an Australian doctor from Melbourne who contracted the coronavirus in the US and returned to Melbourne to treat more than 70 patients. Victorian health authorities are trying to contact about 70 patients of a Melbourne doctor who has developed coronavirus after returning from the US. The doctor is the state’s 11th case of the novel coronavirus and the state health minister, Jenny Mikakos, says he attended work and treated patients after her was symptomatic. “I have to say I am flabbergasted that a doctor that has flulike symptoms has presented to work,” Mikakos said (we will be bringing updates on this story)