Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 globally


International desk, Mar 06: More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, according to Johns Hopkins Univeristy – with at least 3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran.At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday added that 124 people have died.

In France, 200 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed overnight, while India and South Korea also reported an increase in the number of infections.

Addtionally, the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus rose to 12 when King County in the state of Washington reported the latest death on Thursday.

New York cases increase to 33

The number of people in New York state who have tested positive for the coronavirus has increased by 11 to 33, governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The increase in cases reflects expanding testing across the state,

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 coronavirus,” 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, asked in a briefing this week about the terms “Wuhan virus” or “China virus,” said it was “highly irresponsible” for media to use them.

WHO urges countries to make containing coronavirus ‘highest priority’

All countries should make containing the outbreak of COVID-19 their top priority, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The UN agency stressed that fighting the epidemic requires countries to work together, and praised Iran for “switching on” to the coronavirus outbreak there and taking a fresh “all of government approach”.

“We are continuing to recommend that all countries make containment their highest priority,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added.