CORONA SPREADS: US reports first death

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Trump administration health experts leading the US response to coronavirus said there “will be more cases” although the highest risk is mainly to older people with underlying conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity, which heighten “respiratory distress” from the virus…reports Asian Lite News

 by . Announcing the first coronavirus linked death in the country, US President Donald Trump has issued new travel restrictions to Iran, Italy and South Korea while maintaining that the overall risk to the US is low but can turn suddenly.

US is banning travel to Iran and urging Americans not to travel to Italy and South Korea.

“We advise all Americans not to travel to Italy and South Korea”, Vice President Mike Pence said at a hastily convened White House briefing on Saturday afternoon.

Coronavirus has spread to nearly 60 countries, more than 85,000 people worldwide have contracted the virus and 2,900 have died.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the first coronavirus victim in the US died in the state of Washington.

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump signs the Visitors Book of Raj Ghat after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, in New Delhi on Feb 25, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
US President Donald Trump (Photo: IANS)

The Governor of Washington state has declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

Trump administration health experts leading the US response to coronavirus said there “will be more cases” although the highest risk is mainly to older people with underlying conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity, which heighten “respiratory distress” from the virus.

The US currently has more than 60 people who have been infected, most of them repatriated from Wuhan, China or evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

 by . Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained that normal, healthy Americans are at low risk and would typically recover after mild symptoms similar to the annual flu.

Fauci said outliers would always surface and that does not change the US assessment of “low risk” for now.

The first vaccine trials are expected to begin in about two months and it would take a further three months to determine safety and efficacy which means the fastest possible time frame would still be upwards of 6-8 months before a breakthrough, Fauci has said.

Pakistan reports new cases

Pakistan has confirmed two more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the infected people in the country to four, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza has said.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mirza said that one of the new cases emerged in south Sindh province while the other one is being treated in Islamabad, Xinhua reported.

The infected man in Karachi of Sindh province has been shifted to the isolation ward of a hospital and his medical treatment is underway, Meeran Yousuf, media coordinator to health minister of Sindh told Xinhua on Saturday, adding that the infected patient is stable.

Medical staff receive a patient infected with the novel coronavirus at the temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu/IANS)

Talking to Xinhua on condition of anonymity, an official in the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad confirmed that a man has been tested positive of the disease in the hospital, bringing the total number of the coronavirus infected people in their isolation ward to two.

The official said that the newly infected man is in stable condition and his family members have also been put in quarantine. However, he refused to share more details about the age and travelling history of the patient.

Pakistan started taking measures to avoid penetration of the disease from Iran on Sunday after the situation of the disease turned serious in the country, by closing its border with Iran. Later, the direct flight service was also suspended between the two countries.

The Pakistani government is now launching an awareness campaign by activating a telephone helpline and establishing a web portal to encourage people to report about their condition if they are suffering from fever and flu, enabling the government to trace them and conduct necessary lab tests.

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