“We are at a decisive moment”, estimates the World Health Organization. Friday, February 28, it raised to the maximum degree the level of the threat linked to the new coronavirus, now classified ” very high “. In the past two days, the daily number of infections worldwide has been higher than that recorded in China.
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“No country should think that it will have no case at home, said WHO boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. It would be a fatal mistake, literally. The virus does not respect borders ”.
Africa and Latin America affected
The first case was diagnosed in sub-Saharan Africa, in Nigeria. An Italian who returned from Milan on February 25 was hospitalized there after being tested positive for coronavirus in Lagos State. “The patient is in a stable clinical condition and has no disturbing symptoms”, said the ministry of health.
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Two other cases of contamination have been identified in recent days in Africa, Egypt and Algeria. This very low number of patients detected in African countries, with fragile health systems, intrigues epidemiologists, while more than 83,000 cases have been reported in more than 50 countries.
Latin America is also affected. After Brazil, it’s Mexico’s turn to register a first case in Mexico City. The infected young man is considered by the authorities to be the zero patient, without it being known how he may have been infected.
In China, where the virus appeared in December, the number of new deaths and contaminations continues, however, to decrease thanks to quarantine measures targeting more than 50 million people. Authorities on Friday released 327 new cases, the lowest number in the country since January 24, and 44 deaths. A total of 78,824 cases and 2,788 deaths have been recorded in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) since the start of the epidemic.
36,500 people healed out of 83,000 infected
But other countries are becoming sources of the spread of Covid-19, most notably South Korea, Iran and Italy. Among our transalpine neighbors, the coronavirus has already infected 650 people, 17 of whom have died. Rome has taken drastic measures to stem the epidemic on its territory, such as the closure of schools, the cancellation of sporting or cultural events and the quarantine of 11 municipalities in the North, the country’s economic lung.
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South Korea, the main source of infection outside of China, on Friday recorded 571 additional infections, bringing the total to 2,337 (including 13 dead). Iran reported on Friday the death of eight people infected among 143 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 34 and the number of cases to 388. This is the heaviest death toll outside from China.
In the rest of the world, the coronavirus has infected more than 5,000 people and killed more than 80 people. A figure is reassuring, however: of the 83,000 people infected worldwide, 36,500 are cured, according to a count made by Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which compiles data from the WHO and the authorities sanitary facilities in each country.