In the USA, the first death from the coronavirus 2019-NCoV occurred. The outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic caused by the coronavirus forces authorities around the world to cancel events and introduce emergency measures. France canceled the half marathon in Paris and the gathering of over 5,000 people, Italy ordered the extension of quarantine in the three northern cities.
On Saturday, the number of cases rose sharply in South Korea, which remains the second largest country after China. Now 3,150 people are infected in the country, an army has been mobilized to fight the virus.
Military personnel disinfect some areas of Daegu in the south-east of the country, where the main cases of infection are noted. The authorities believe that members of the Christian Sincheongji sect, which is active in this city, infected each other during a meeting in Daegu, after which the virus spread throughout the country.
On Friday, the World Health Organization raised the threat level of the coronavirus epidemic to “very high” – the highest risk level in the WHO gradation. At the same time, organizations add that the epidemic can be stopped by blocking the spread of the virus.
Many countries report new cases. In China itself, the number of infected people is not growing.
In the western US states – California, Oregon and Washington – four new cases of infection were recorded, despite the fact that the patients had no contact with people from other countries.
In the United States, according to WHO, 59 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed.
The head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova advised the Russians, if possible, to refuse trips abroad or to minimize the length of their stay abroad as a measure of protection against coronavirus.
There are also not yet confirmed reports that the first cases of infection were recorded in the DPRK. The leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, warned that the entry into the country of the infection will cause serious consequences.
What is going on in the USA?
In King County, Washington State, the first death from a 19-NCoV coronavirus in the United States occurred. This was announced by a representative of the state health department.
It was previously reported that a state high school student fell ill. Some of those infected in the United States had no contact with those who were already sick. The total number of infections in the United States has reached 22.
On Friday, authorities in the Santa Clara County in California reported that the virus was diagnosed in an elderly woman with a chronic illness.
According to authorities, she did not travel outside the United States and did not contact infected people.
In Oregon, positive coronavirus testing results were found at a school teacher in Clackamas County.
On Friday, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of politicizing reports of the spread of coronavirus. Speaking at a rally in Southern California, the president said the open border policies advocated by Democrats are a direct threat to the health of all Americans. According to the president, this is a new public fraud.
Other events related to coronavirus:
- More than 50 countries have announced coronavirus infections
- 85,409 infections are reported, mainly in China, where 79,251 people are infected and 2,727 deaths are reported.
- In Britain, the number of infected reached 23 (the last patient became infected in Britain itself)
- Iran said on Saturday that the total number of infected was 388 people, 43 patients died
- The first Briton died on Friday from coronavirus – one of the infected passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship
- The fall in stock prices in the stock markets of the world continues. This week, the value of the shares of 100 leading companies (FTSE index) fell by 18%