Planet Desk | 02 March 2020 | 12:55 am
The novel coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19 and originated in Hubei province, China on December 31 last year, has now reached at least 77 other countries and territories outside mainland China, killing at least 3,200 to date and infecting about 93,000 globally, the vast majority though in mainland China.
Of the total deaths, almost 190 are reported outside mainland China. Of the total cases of infection, there are over 82,000 cases in mainland China. Of them, about 50 thousand have already recovered and have left hospitals, according to China’s National Health Commission.
Here are the rest of the countries across the globe that have reported deaths from the virus :
Iran: 92 deaths
South Korea: 32
United States: 9
Hong Kong: 2
Besides, The Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, Spain and Thailand have have reported 1 death each from the coronavirus.
Here are the five countries worst affected by coronavirus :
Ukraine and Gibraltar are among countries that reported their first confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday.
In Europe, there are now about 3,000 confirmed cases to date, with the bulk of the outbreak happening in Italy.
Coronavirus Situation in the USA :
The number of deaths from the virus in the US is now 9, all are in the Washington State, while the total confirmed cases there now stands at at least 126, as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local governments.
Out of the total cases, there are 48 cases from repatriated citizens, according to the CDC.
In the USA, the virus has spread to at least 13 states to date.
Here is the breakdown by state of cases in the United States:
In Thailand, a 35-year-old man has become the nation’s first death due to the novel coronavirus, the country’s Ministry of Public Health said today March 1. With this, there are 43 confirmed cases in the country.
India has confirmed 28 cases of the novel coronavirus, the nation’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced at a press conference on Wednesday March 4.
The cases broke down as follows:
The minister said that a group comprising of 24 to 30 Italians came to India around February 21. Of them, a 69-year-old group member tested positive for the virus after reporting fever and other symptoms in Jaipur — the capital city of India’s western state of Rajasthan on Tuesday March 3.
All members of the group were tested and 16 tested positive for the coronavirus, including the 69-year old’s wife and the group’s driver, an Indian citizen.
Australia also March 1 reported its first novel coronavirus death. The victim is a 78-year-old man repatriated from the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined in Japan for over two weeks. In Australia, there are now 42 confirmed cases of infection.
Indonesia today March 2 has confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, state-run Antara News Agency reported, citing President Joko Widodo.
In Latin America, four countries-Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic reported their first cases. Brazil in the region reported its first case on February 26, marking the first time the virus has reached the continent.
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Biggest Outbreak of the Virus Outside Mainland China :
Outside of mainland China, there are so far three countries where the virus has made huge presence for itself-Italy, South Korea and Iran.
Italy : Europe’s biggest outbreak of the novel coronavirus is in Italy where the cases now rise to at least 2,502 and 79 deaths to date. Across this continent, almost all countries now confirmed their first cases.
South Korea : In Asia, outside of mainland China, the biggest outbreak has been in South Korea. There has been now at least 5,612 confirmed cases including 31 in the military and 32 deaths in the country as of Wednesday March 4.
Iran : In Gulf, Iran has witnessed the largest outbreak of the virus. The country has now confirmed at least 2,922 cases to date up to March 4 and at least 92 deaths including a top government adviser. The country’s President Hassan Rouhani announced today (March 4) that the virus has reached almost all provinces in his country, reports state media.
Though the country announced its first cases on February 19, just about two weeks later, Iran has that number of cases and deaths which (92 deaths) is now the second highest fatalities outside of mainland China.
Besides the above three, the fourth highest deaths outside of mainland China happened in Japan where the deaths from the virus now at 12 up to March 4 and 991 confirmed cases.
The novel coronavirus has already reached all continent except Antarctica. Now it is spreading faster across the rest of the world outside of mainland China where the unprecedented measures taken by the government has started to pay off as the number of cases is dropping. In the wake of the number of cases growing rapidly all over the globe, many people are wondering what symptoms they should be on the lookout for and how to protect selves.
What the symptoms are :
The symptoms from deadly coronavirus are quite similar to a common cold. Its common symptoms include a runny nose or sneezing, cough, sore throat, headache and a fever that can last for a couple of days. In the elderly, the very young, and those with a weakened immune system, the virus could cause more serious respiratory tract illness like pneumonia or bronchitis for patients particularly the elderly, the kids and those with poor immune systems.
How This Virus Spreads :
The virus appears to mainly spread from person to person. Transmission happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough or sneeze. The virus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Caregivers can sometimes be exposed by handling a patient’s waste, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
How the Virus is treated :
There is no specific antiviral treatment, though research is underway. Most of the time, symptoms will go away on their own and experts advise seeking care early. Doctors can relieve symptoms by prescribing a pain or fever medication.
How Long The Incubation Period Is :
The incubation period is how long it takes for people to get ill after being exposed to the virus. For coronavirus, this time period is 14 days — which is why many mandatory quarantines being imposed are for 14 days.
How You Can Prevent The Virus :
For now only preventive measures that you take can prevent you against the virus. The following measures you can take to protect self against the virus :
1. There is no vaccine to protect against the virus for now. Until researchers develop one, you can reduce your risk of infection by avoiding people who are sick.
2. Cover mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, according to WHO. Source : CNN