The virus has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world. More Countries declaring state of health emergency due to the Corona virus spread.
Coronavirus Map: Distribution of COVID-19 case as of March 1, 2020. Credit: WHO
Global coronavirus death toll passes 3,000 with new China count
The virus has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world
The number of deaths globally in the new coronavirus outbreak passed 3,000 on Monday, March 2, as China reported more 42 deaths.
The new fatalities were all in the virus epicenter Hubei province, the National Health Commission said, bringing the overall toll in mainland China to 2,912.
Health officials also reported the lowest daily tally of fresh infections since late January, with 202 new cases.
In China, the number of reported new cases has gradually been declining, and there were only 6 confirmed new infections outside Hubei.
The virus emerged late last year in Hubei in central China, but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world.
The United States and Australia reported their first fatalities over the weekend, while infections nearly doubled in the past 48 hours in Italy, Europe's
The World Health Organization said Sunday, March 1, that the virus appears to particularly hit those over the age of 60 and people already weakened by other illness.
The agency noted that most people with the COVID-19 illness only experience mild symptoms, while around 14% suffer severe disease like pneumonia and 5% become critically ill.
It said the mortality rate in the outbreak appears to be between 2-5%.
The seasonal flu has an average mortality rate of about 0.1% but is highly infectious, with up to 400,000 people worldwide dying from it each year.
Other strains of coronavirus, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), have established mortality rates of 9.5% and 34.5%, respectively.
Coronavirus Now in 58 Countries, Spreading to 5 New Countries Overnight
By WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION MARCH 1, 2020
WHO Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report 41
Five new Member States (Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco, and Qatar) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.Working with clinicians is crucial to understanding the clinical presentation, natural history and treatment interventions for COVID-19. WHO has published interim clinical guidance, clinical training materials and has launched a global clinical data platform to gather data and improve care for COVID-19 patients. This information is critical to inform the public health response. More information can be found in the Subject in Focus.The number of confirmed cases in Hubei province, China, has increased for two successive days after a period of decline. WHO is monitoring the situation and working to understand its possible significance.WHO has published updated recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak.
China: Very High
Regional Level: High
Global Level: High
Coronavirus Situation in Numbers
87137 confirmed cases (1753 new)
79968 confirmed cases (579 new)2873 deaths (35 new)
Outside of China
7169 confirmed cases (1160 new)58 countries (5 new)104 deaths (18 new)
Countries, territories or areas with reported laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths, March 1, 2020
Republic of Korea3736
International (Cruise Ship in Japan)705
United States of America62
United Arab Emirates19
Recommendations and Advice for the Public
If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not traveled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.
Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources of accurate information on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. It is important to be informed of the situation where you live and take appropriate measures to protect yourself.
If you are in an area where there is an outbreak of COVID-19 you need to take the risk of infection seriously. Follow the advice issued by national and local health authorities. Although for most people COVID-19 causes only mild illness, it can make some people very ill. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable.