Coronavirus — February 29th, 2020 Facts

▶️ China has reported another 35 deaths and 573 cases today. Here’s the breakdown. Deaths: In mainland China: 2,870; Outside China: 106; Global total: 2,976. Cases: In mainland China: 79,824; Outside China: 6,676; Global total: 86,500.

▶️ The US announced its first death from the coronavirus earlier today – a Washington state man aged in his 50s with underlying health conditions.

▶️ First coronavirus death in Australia.

▶️ In Europe, Italy has reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases and 29 deaths, the most in Europe.

▶️ Iran’s state media reported on Saturday that five members of Parliament had tested positive, adding to the coronavirus’s reach into the top tiers of the country’s politicians. Iran announces 205 new infections in last 24 hours as Italian authorities say the number of cases has exceeded 1,000. Health experts have said that multiplying each death by 50 is offers a rough estimate of the true number of cases, and experts say the real number of cases is likely much higher than what is being reported.

▶️ South Korea on Saturday urged citizens to stay indoors as it warned of a “critical moment” in its battle against the coronavirus after recording the biggest daily jump in infections, with 813 new cases taking the tally to 3,150 with 17 new deaths.

▶️ 33 countries reported their first case of coronavirus in the last 9 days: Lebanon, Oman, Israel, Afghanistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Estonia
Romania, North Macedonia, Georgia, Pakistan, Norway, Spain, Brazil, Algeria, Switzerland, Croatia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Iceland,
Monaco, Mexico, Nigeria, New Zealand, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Belarus, Lithuania, Qatar, Ireland.

▶️ A small study out of China suggests that the new coronavirus can persist in the body for at least two weeks after symptoms of the disease clear up.

▶️ North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for stronger anti-virus efforts to guard against COVID-19, saying there will be “serious consequences” if the illness spreads to the country.

▶️ U.S. President Trump announced travel restrictions for Iran, and heightened travel advisories for Italy and South Korea, in response to the outbreaks in the three countries.

▶️ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Saturday that it was authorizing American laboratories to develop their own coronavirus tests, which should significantly increase the country’s testing capacity.

Photo by Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

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