This information is a little on the ‘technical’ side but thorough and reliable in terms of currency from global virulogists. No one seems to care about Latin America but this will at least bring us ‘down here’ up to speed for now..
Confirmed COVID-19 virus cases have soared to nearly 100,000 globally as of Friday, with new cases reported in the U.S. in Washington state, where the death toll has reached at least 12 as of Friday, while the U.K. saw its first fatality. South Korea and Italy, the two worst-hit countries outside China, continue to struggle to cope with the growing outbreak.
The deadly virus, which was first detected in China’s Wuhan city in the Hubei province, has infected at least 98,387 people globally across at least 85 countries, including 3,383 deaths, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The virus has spread to every continent, apart from Antarctica, but the majority of the cases have been reported in China, which has 80,555 cases and at least 2,931 deaths in the Hubei province alone.
At least 55,444 people have recovered from the virus and around 119 countries have not detected any cases, including large parts of Africa and South America, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Countries Should Prepare for ‘Sustained Community Transmission’ of COVID-19
Italy is reportedly seeing the highest number of new cases and deaths per day across the globe, with around 769 new cases and 41 new deaths reported on Thursday, according to figures from Italy’s Protezione Civile, the national body for emergency prevention, prediction and management.
Vatican City has also reported its first case, spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed, Metro reports. The case was diagnosed on Thursday and clinics were temporarily closed for deep cleaning, Bruni confirms. Details about the patient and whether the infected individual is an employee or among the clergy or guards that live in Vatican City is unknown, Metroreports.
The headquarters of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Belgium and the French National Assembly have also reported new cases, while Facebook and Microsoft are the latest tech companies to advise employees to work from home following newly reported cases of the ongoing outbreak.
First cases of the virus have also emerged in Bhutan, Costa Rica and Palestine, West Bank, while Israel placed Bethlehem on lockdown, after seven Bethlehem residents were confirmed to be infected, the Times of Israel reports. Israelis and Palestinians have been banned from entering or leaving the city.
WHO urges countries to “pull out all the stops” to fight the virus
The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged all country leaders to “mobilize their plans, coordinating every part of government, not just the health ministry – security, diplomacy, finance, commerce, transport, trade, information and more – the whole government should be involved,” in a post on his official Twitter account.
“We’re concerned that in some countries the level of political commitment & the actions that demonstrate that commitment don’t match the level of the threat we all face. This is NOT a drill, NOT the time to give up, NOT a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops.
“The #COVID19 epidemic is a threat for every country, rich & poor. We are calling on every country to act with speed, scale & clear-minded determination. We call on countries to activate their emergency plans through the whole-government approach,” he wrote on Twitter.
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world as of March 6… READ MORE