Coronavirus: Over 88,000 infected globally, 3000 dead

RSTV Bureau
Wuhan: In this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, nurses work at an ICU ward specialised for patients infected by coronavirus in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. The fresh national figures for the disease that emerged in China in December came as the number of viral infections soared mostly in and around the southeastern city of Daegu, where they were linked to a local church and a hospital. (PTI Photo)

Wuhan: In this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, nurses work at an ICU ward specialised for patients infected by coronavirus in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province. The fresh national figures for the disease that emerged in China in December came as the number of viral infections soared mostly in and around the southeastern city of Daegu, where they were linked to a local church and a hospital. (PTI Photo)

The global toll from new coronavirus has risen to 3,000, as China has reported 42 more deaths. The overall toll in China rose to 2,912.

The virus emerged late last year in Hubei in central China but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world.

The number of people infected in Italy with the new coronavirus rose 40 per cent to 1,576 in just 24 hours, Italian authorities announced on Sunday, adding that five more infected people had died.

The news came as a new US government advisory urged Americans not to travel to the two Italian regions hardest hit by the virus. That brings the number of deaths in Italy to 34 since cases of the virus exploded in the country on February 21.

Health officials in Washington state said on Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus.

Researchers said the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in the greater Seattle area.

In a statement, Public Health Seattle & King County said a man in his 70s died Saturday. On Friday, health officials said a man in his 50s died of coronavirus. Both had underlying health conditions, and both were being treated at a hospital in Kirkland, Washington, east of Seattle.

Washington state now has 12 confirmed cases.

Indonesia on Monday reported its first confirmed cases of coronavirus after health officials in the world’s fourth-most populous country hit back at questions over its apparent lack of infected patients.

South Korea reported nearly 500 new coronavirus cases Monday, sending the largest national total in the world outside China past 4,000.

Four more people had died, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, taking the toll to 22.

(Input from News Agency)