India confirms 31 cases as global infections top 95,000

Bengaluru: People seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus, in Bengaluru on March 4, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
Bengaluru: People seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus, in Bengaluru on March 4, 2020. (Photo: IANS)
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The coronavirus death toll in mainland China on Friday increased to 3,042 with an overall 80,552 infections, as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the outbreak was “not a drill” as the number of global cases surpassed 95,000 with more than 3,000 fatalities…reports Asian Lite News

 by .  Up to 2,241 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported across the globe as of Thursday, bringing the total count to 95,333, according to the latest official data by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Five countries, territories and areas reported COVID-19 cases for the first time in the past 24 hours, the media reported.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasised the importance of implementing a comprehensive approach to mitigate the impact of the virus in a briefing on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus death toll in mainland China on Friday increased to 3,042 with an overall 80,552 infections, as the WHO warned that the outbreak was “not a drill” as the number of global cases surpassed 95,000 with more than 3,000 fatalities.

Addressing the media on Thursday, WHO Director-General warned that some countries were not taking the situation seriously enough, reports Efe news.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

“This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops,” he added.

For the first time since China started publishing national infection data for COVID-19, there were no new infections in Hubei outside its capital Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, said the South China Morning Post in a report.

China’s National Health Commission said on Friday all of the 126 new cases reported in the province were in Wuhan.

There were 29 new deaths in Hubei, of which 23 were in the provincial capital, bringing the province’s total death toll to 2,931.

Meanwhile, Canada reported its first case of community infection involving a woman in British Columbia who had not recently travelled and had no known contact with another identified patient.

On Friday, South Korea strongly protested Japan’s decision to impose a two-week quarantine on visitors from the country, which has now reported 196 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 6,284.

Meanwhile, outside China, 2,055 cases were reported in 33 countries.

The deaths outside China were recorded in Italy (148), Iran (107), South Korea (42), Japan (12), the US (11), France (seven), Spain (three), Iraq (two), Hong Kong (two), Australia (two), the UK (one), Switzerland (one), San Marino (one), Taiwan (one), Thailand (one) and the Philippines (one).

India confirms 31 cases

One more person on Friday tested positive for novel coronavirus or COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, taking the total number of cases in the country to 31.

“One suspected COVID-19 case has been confirmed as positive,” said the Health Ministry.

Bengaluru: People seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus, in Bengaluru on March 4, 2020. (Photo: IANS) by .
People seen wearing masks as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus, in Bengaluru. (Photo: IANS)

According to the Ministry the latest patient is a resident of Delhi.

The person has travel history of Thailand and Malaysia.

“The patient is stable and being monitored,” said Ministry .

Apart from this, the reported 30 cases include the previous three cases from Kerala, who have now cured and discharged from the hospital. In addition,there are three positive cases from Delhi-NCR, of which two have travel history from Italy, and one has travel history of Iran.

Six patients in Agra contacted the infection from the first Delhi patient allegedly during a birthday party.

One confirmed case of the disease has been reported in Telangana. The infected person visited Dubai where he picked up the infection from a person from Singapore.

The Ministry also said that all patients are stable and being closely monitored.

Pakistan reports 6th case

akistans sixth coronavirus (COVID-19) case was reported in Karachi, according to the Sindh health department.

BEIJING, Feb. 12, 2020 (Xinhua) -- A resident checks information sent by community on her phone in Wuchang District of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Cheng Min/IANS) by .
A resident checks information sent by community on her phone in Wuchang District of Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in central China\’s Hubei Province. (Xinhua/Cheng Min/IANS)

In a statement on Thursday, the Department said the 69-year-old patient has a travel historyto Iran and had returned to Pakistan on February 25, reports Dawn news.

“He was being monitored by the health department and was tested today (Thursday) when the symptoms showed up. Now, we have three cases of coronavirus in Sindh,” said Meeran Yousuf, the media coordinator to the health minister.

The patient had been admitted to the isolation ward of a government hospital and his family quarantine’ at home, he said, adding that a health official would monitor the health of the family periodically.

The three other coronavirus patients were reported from Gilgit-Baltistan.

Meanwhile, more than 1,400 trucks loaded with goods were currently stranded at the Taftan border crossing after Pakistan temporarily closed its border with Iran over concerns of coronavirus, Dawn news said in the report.

Pakistan closed its border with Iran on February 23 amid rising number of coronavirus cases and associated deaths. Balochistan, which shares 959 km border with Iran, has already declared emergency in the province to contain the virus.

ZHENGZHOU, Jan. 26, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Members of a medical team gather at Zhengzhou East railway station in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, on Jan. 26, 2020. A team comprised of 137 members from five medical institutions in Henan left Zhengzhou for Wuhan on Sunday to aid the coronavirus control efforts there. (Xinhua/Li Jianan/IANS) by .
Members of a medical team gather at Zhengzhou East railway station in Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan Province. (Xinhua/Li Jianan/IANS)
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