Coronavirus in China: Coronavirus slows in China, but gallops worldwide | World News
In the midst of a warning from the World Health Organization that the new coronavirus has “pandemic potential,” TOI tracks its global march as the death toll reaches 2,867 and confirmed cases cross 83,000 on Friday.
In the US UU., Pandemic Preparedness
During his visit to India, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, described the coronavirus as “a problem that is going to disappear,” but experts disagree. The U.S. Department of State UU. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it expects Covid-19 to spread in the US. UU. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the CDC, was quoted by CBS News saying: “It is not so much about whether this will happen more, but rather about when exactly this will happen.” The United States has Registered 60 confirmed cases and Trump has announced a new team led by Vice President Mike Pence to fight the virus.
Tourists caught while Europe closes
The Italian cities in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto remain closed with schools, churches and markets closed with the country reporting 655 cases and 17 deaths. The Vatican is closing all catacombs to the public since moisture and limited space in underground burial sites can favor the spread of the virus, according to CNBC. The neighbors are also nervous.
Several European countries now have confirmed cases and many of them date back to Italy.
Earlier this week, a dozen schools in the United Kingdom sent home students and teachers who had returned from their ski trips in the Italian Alps, according to The Guardian. About 1,000 tourists and workers were quarantined in a hotel in Tenerife, a main destination in the Canary Islands of Spain, after two Italian guests tested positive.
India issues travel notices
Iran, one of the most affected nations outside China, said its vice minister of health, Iraj Harirchi, tested positive for the coronavirus. By Friday, 34 people had died of 338 positive cases. Dubai and the United Arab Emirates have stopped all flights to Iran and several nations have advised citizens to avoid traveling there.
India issued a notice that people who come from Iran, South Korea and Italy or who have that travel history since February 10, 2020, can be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. It is also not recommended to travel to Singapore. On Thursday, India temporarily suspended visa services on arrival for citizens of Japan and South Korea. South Korea, which has the largest outbreak outside of mainland China, has recorded 13 deaths and at least 2,337 confirmed cases.
Japan’s failed quarantine
Media reports cite Japan’s health minister as admitting that many of those who were able to disembark at the Diamond Princess quarantine cruise ship, which remained docked in Yokohama for several weeks, have developed symptoms, including fever, and now they will undergo coronavirus testing. Almost 1,000 passengers were allowed to leave the ship last week after giving a negative test for the virus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Thursday that all schools close until April.
Does it improve in China?
The number of daily cases reported outside of China has exceeded the number of cases reported within the country. Cities in China have begun to reduce their level of emergency response, local media reported. However, Hubei Province, of which Wuhan is the capital, remains under confinement and mainland China records 2,788 deaths and 78,824 infections.