Man who recently travelled to Iran confirmed as Ontario's seventh coronavirus case

29 Février, 2020, 01:30 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Man who recently travelled to Iran confirmed as Ontario's seventh coronavirus case

Speaking in a live broadcast, Trump said the U.S. was "very, very ready" to face the virus threat and that Vice President Mike Pence would be in charge of the national response.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it aimed to have tests for coronavirus out and working in every US state by the end of next week, after the first test kits distributed were found to be faulty. Japan is introducing more stringent measures.

Carnival celebrations, rock concerts and a major watchmaking trade show also had to be scrapped.

To put the current COVID-19 estimates in context, the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic - one of the deadliest of all time - infected about 500 million people, and killed more than 2.5 percent of all those infected.

Countries other than China now account for about three-quarters of new infections.

According to WHO data, more than 82,000 people have been infected with the virus, leaving over 2,800 dead around the world, exceeding the impact of the 2002-2003 SARS coronavirus that sickened 8,098 people and claimed the lives of 774 globally.

"When you miss cases, you can't isolate them, test their families or get a hold on this before it keeps spreading", said Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiology expert at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Tedros said there were epidemics of COVID-19 in several countries, but most cases could be traced to known contacts or clusters of cases.

The press conference came after six countries reported their first cases since the daily briefing on Thursday, including one, Mexico, who announced its first cases so close to the conference that it wasn't included in a count World Health Organization published.

Meanwhile, stock markets around the world have fallen sharply amid fears that increased travel restrictions will prevent business activity.

The most recent figures published by the WHO show that broadcasts in China have declined after an aggressive containment campaign, but increased in the rest of the world.

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But as the outbreak eases in China, it is surging elsewhere.

Tedros also noted that China has reported just 329 cases - the lowest rate in more than a month for the country whose Hubei province is the epicenter of the outbreak.

The main concern for health officials is outside of China, with governments this week forced into increasingly drastic measures in an attempt to battle spiraling epidemics.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said tackling the spread of the coronavirus was his government's top priority.

The WHO has voiced particular concern about Africa's preparedness, warning that the continent's healthcare systems are ill-equipped to respond to a COVID-19 epidemic.

In neighbouring Iran, the health ministry reported seven new deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 26, the highest outside China.

The number of people who are under public health officials' supervision - including in or having been in a 14-day self-quarantine - remains at 212, the same number that was announced in the last health department update, on Tuesday afternoon.

As of Friday, confirmed cases in Japan topped 200, with four deaths, excluding more than 700 cases and four more deaths from the quarantined cruise liner Diamond Princess.

Solano County has declared a local emergency. The outbreak has spread to dozens of other countries, where there have been more than 50 deaths and 3,600 cases, raising fears of a pandemic.

Greece, Georgia and Norway all confirmed their first coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

A patient in the Netherlands on Thursday was diagnosed with coronavirus, health authorities said, the first confirmed case in the country.

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