Situation update worldwide, 28 February 2020

The rapid spread of coronavirus raised fears of a pandemic on Friday 28 February with five countries reporting their first cases, the World Health Organization warning it could spread worldwide

Iran PressEurope: The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 58 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).

Five more countries have reported their first case of COVID-19, all with travel history connected to Italy. They were Nigeria, Estonia, Denmark, Netherlands and Lithuania, Lindmeier said.

As the latest statistics indicate the Coronavirus outbreak is getting bigger,”  World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a news briefing in Geneva.

“The scenario of the coronavirus reaching multiple countries, if not all countries around the world, is something we have been looking at and warning against for quite a while.”

The latest statistics of the coronavirus outbreak 

A British man who was on the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus, Japan's health ministry says.

He is the first British person to die from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

Hundreds of people on board the liner became infected while it was held in quarantine off the port of Yokohama in Japan - and six have since died.

Also, Nigeria reported the first Coronavirus case in sub - Saharan Africa

Switzerland joined countries banning big events to try to curb the epidemic, forcing the cancellation of next week’s Geneva international car show, one of the automotive industry’s most important gatherings.

The United States asked its military in Saudi Arabia to avoid crowded venues including malls and cinemas.

The Coronavirus infected countires

Mainland China reported 327 new cases, the lowest since Jan. 23, taking its tally to more than 78,800 cases with almost 2,800 deaths.


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