COVID-19 toll passes 3,000, more countries affected


International desk, Mar 02: The new coronavirus as it continues to spread from its epicentre in central China to countries around the world.Iran announced 11 more deaths from coronavirus bringing its death toll to 54, the most outside China.

The number infected in Italy – the centre of the outbreak in Europe – jumped to 1,694, while the number in France increased to 130. With the outbreak deepening, the staff at the Louvre in Paris voted to close the hugely popular museum.

The number of countries hit by the coronavirus climbed past 60 Sunday, and infections and deaths continued to mount around the globe, emptying streets of tourists and workers, shaking economies and rewriting the realities of daily life.

In Paris, the Louvre Museum closed, and priests stopped placing sacramental bread in worshippers’ mouths. Panic-buying of daily necessities emerged in Japan. Tourist sites across Asia, Europe and the Mideast were deserted. And governments closed schools and banned big gatherings.

Australia and Thailand reported their first deaths Sunday, while the Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic recorded their first cases. Iran, Iraq, Italy and South Korea, among other places, saw the number of infections rise.

Worldwide death toll from the coronavirus passes 3,000

China has announced its latest data on the coronavirus outbreak, reporting 42 new deaths.

That takes the death toll in China to 2,912, and worldwide to more than 3,000.

The National Health Commission says the latest deaths were all in the worst-hit province of Hubei with most of those in its sealed-off capital of Wuhan.

Officials said there were also 202 new infections. That’s the lowest since the end of January.

New York state confirms first case

Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, said the US state had confirmed its first case of coronavirus in someone who had recently returned from Iran.

Cuomo said there was “no reason for undue anxiety” and that the risk remained low.

A foreigner in Egypt has tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s health ministry said in a Facebook post.

The person has been taken to an isolation hospital. It has not revealed their nationality.

Source: News Agencies