The latest coronavirus update shows that the deadly disease continues to spread. The latest numbers show that there are now over 94,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide in over 70 countries, including the addition of Morocco, Latvia, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal. The coronavirus death toll has now reached over 3,200.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the COVID-19 could be far more dangerous than the flu. The WHO estimates that the novel coronavirus has a mortality rate of 3.4%, compared to the flu, which kills less than 1%. Health officials did say the coronavirus is less transmissible than the flu.
“I want them to be prepared for the reality that … there are going to be more cases in the community,” said Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “But I want them to continue their daily lives. I want them to be mindful of the opportunity again to prepare themselves and their families.”
The U.K. saw its largest daily increase of COVID-19 on Wednesday with 34 new cases (two of which were in Scotland), upping the country’s total to 85. Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said that a serious coronavirus epidemic in Britain is “almost certain” with “some deaths” are expected.
Iran has suffered the most deaths outside of mainland China from the coronavirus. Iran’s health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the coronavirus has killed 92 people, and infections rose to 2,922.
Italy’s COVID-19 deaths jumped from 52 to 79 as of Wednesday morning and confirmed cases are now at 2,502. The Italian government will close cinemas and theatres, ban public events. Italy will also close all schools and universities due to the outbreak until mid-March.
In the United States, there are 128 confirmed cases, 31 of those are in Washington state. California has 27 cases, New York has six cases, Illinois has four cases, three in Florida, three in Oregon, two in Georgia, two in Massachusetts, two in Rhode Island, two in Arizona, two in New Hampshire, one in Wisconsin, and North Carolina’s department of health confirmed the state’s first “presumptively positive” case of the coronavirus on Tuesday.
A man who works in New York City but lives in Westchester County, spread the respiratory disease to his wife, his son, his daughter, and a neighbor, who lives in Manhattan. The son is a student at Yeshiva University in Manhattan, which has canceled all in-person graduate courses on the campus as well as the boys’ high school.
There is a video of a 25-year-old man collapsing onto the street in New York City. On Tuesday, the young man who was wearing a face mask fainted and fell to the ground on a sidewalk in Queens. The video immediately raised concerns that he could be infected with the coronavirus.
Paramedics from Flushing treated the man and then rushed him to New York-Presbyterian Queens hospital. No medical update has been given, and the patient is not listed as one of the six people to have the coronavirus in New York state. Since the coronavirus outbreak, there have been numerous YouTubers pulling coronavirus pranks on unsuspecting people in public and uploading them to social media. There was a viral prank video on the NYC subway, and one person was jailed in Russia for their coronavirus prank video.
On Tuesday, the US Federal Reserve slashed interest rates by half a percentage point today in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Researchers in China claim that there are two types of coronavirus. Scientists found that the COVID-19 that was prevalent in the first weeks of the outbreak in Wuhan, China, was more aggressive. However, they say that the more aggressive strain has decreased since the disease first appeared in December and January.
Scientists at Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai found that the more aggressive type of the coronavirus had accounted for roughly 70% of analyzed strains, in comparison, 30% had been linked to a less aggressive type, according to CNBC. The scientists emphasized that their data was “very limited.”