Top 10 Latest Stories on Coronavirus Worldwide

Stay aware of the latest information on the Coronavirus outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Coronavirus is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by staying up to date:

Top 10 Latest Stories on Coronavirus Worldwide

1. California declares emergency after death

California has declared a state of emergency after announcing its first coronavirus death, bringing the US death toll from the disease to 11.

The 71-year-old man, who died in a hospital near Sacramento, had underlying health conditions and had been on a cruise ship, said officials.

The White House moved on Wednesday to expand testing nationwide for the disease.

According to a BBC report, there are now at least 150 reported US patients with Covid-19 in 16 states.

Worldwide, authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the virus, of which more than 80,000 are in China. More than 3,000 people have died globally, the vast majority in China.

2. Italy closes schools and universities

Italy is embarking on the first day of its shutdown of all schools and universities after emergency measures were implemented due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cinemas, theatres and museums are also closed across the country while its Serie A football league will be played in empty stadiums. BBC reported.

More than 3,000 people have been infected, making it the worst-hit country on the continent.

Schools and universities will be shuttered until at least 15 March, according to Education Minister Lucia Azzolina.

3. Three more test positive for coronavirus in Scotland bringing UK total to 90

Three more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland taking the country’s total to six, the Scottish Government has said. It brings the number of people infected in the UK to 90, with no sign of the spread slowing down. The latest cases of the coronavirus strain named Covid-19 follows a huge surge in cases yesterday which saw the official figure jump by 36 in just 24 hours. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said the new coronavirus patients are from the Fourth Valley NHS region, Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Grampian areas and are all contacts of known cases.

4. First Brit coronavirus victim reveals how horror bug left him in agony – sweating, shivering, and struggling to breathe

THE first Briton to catch coronavirus has told how it left him in agony, sweating and struggling to breathe as a "sniffle" turned into deadly pneumonia.

Connor Reed, 25, caught the killer bug in Wuhan in late November - before anyone had heard of the new strain.

English teacher Connor, from Llandudno, North Wales, ended up in hospital but eventually beat the virus - and told The Sun last month how he fought it by drinking hot toddies.

Now he has given an account of how the virus "hit me like a train" even though he is young and fit.

Connor wrote in a diary published in the Daily Mail how he came down with what seemed to be a cold, but it did not keep him off work and after five days he thought he was over it.

But on day seven he said: "I spoke too soon. I feel dreadful. This is no longer just a cold. I ache all over, my head is thumping, my eyes are burning, my throat is constricted.

5. How dangerous is coronavirus really, when are symptoms likely to appear, and who is most at risk of death? All you need to know about the illness that is sweeping the world

About 14 per cent of people who contract the Covid-19 coronavirus are taken to hospital – with severe symptoms including breathing problems and pneumonia. About 5 per cent need intensive care. 

But the majority who get the virus suffer nothing more than a cough and may never know they are infected. So far, some 51,000 people around the world have already recovered from coronavirus – and that just includes the numbers who received a diagnosis. Read more.

6. Thousands may have been exposed to coronavirus on Princess cruise ship; 62 passengers confined

Thousands of people on Princess Cruises' Grand Princess may have been exposed to coronavirus after sailing with 62 passengers who company officials say had previously been on a voyage with a man who eventually died from the virus.

A 71-year-old man from California died from coronavirus after sailing on the Grand Princess on a cruise from San Francisco that visited Mexico from Feb. 11 through Feb. 21. Health officials in Placer County, where the man died, said he was "likely exposed" to the virus on board the Grand Princess. USA Today Reported.

7. Seattle-area school district closes for 14 days in effort to 'slow the spread' of deadly virus

A suburban Seattle school district will close all of its schools for 14 days, beginning Thursday, in an effort to "slow the spread" of the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has infiltrated King County.

8. Coronavirus has mutated into more aggressive disease, say scientists 

Coronavirus has mutated into two strains, one which appears to be far more aggressive, scientists have said, in a discovery which could hinder attempts to develop a vaccine.

Researchers at Peking University's School of Life Sciences and the Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, discovered the virus has evolved into two major lineages - dubbed ‘L’ and ‘S’ types.

The older ‘S-type’ appears to be milder and less infectious, while the ‘L-type’ which emerged later, spreads quickly and currently accounts for around 70 per cent of cases. 

Genetic analysis of a man in the US who tested positive on January 21, also showed it is possible to be infected with both types.

9. Hong Kong warns residents not to kiss pets after dog contracts coronavirus

Hong Kong authorities have warned people to avoid kissing their pets, but also to not panic and abandon them after a dog repeatedly tested “weak positive” for coronavirus.

The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said experts unanimously agreed the results suggested the dog had “a low-level of infection and it is likely to be a case of human-to-animal transmission”.

The Pomeranian’s owner was infected with Covid-19 but the dog itself was not showing symptoms, authorities said.

10. India identifies 29 coronavirus cases as global infections top 95,000

A spike in novel coronavirus in India has prompted concerns that the world's second-most populous country could face its own outbreak of the deadly virus, which to date has infected more than 95,000 people and killed at least 3,283 worldwide. CNN reported.

Twenty-nine cases have been confirmed inside the country, including three who have recovered. Many of the cases are linked to a group of travelers from Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said.
Authorities in the country have advised caution, but have not raised the alarm. Vardhan told lawmakers in parliament Tuesday that public health authorities are focusing on India's "core capacities for disease preparedness and response."
The government has begun screening all passengers arriving in the country for coronavirus.


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