Coronavirus: Most cases now outside China, deaths pass 6,000 worldwide

Most cases now outside China, deaths pass 6,000 worldwide
A nurse holds a swab to take a sample at a drive up coronavirus testing station at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle on March 13. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Mainland China reported 16 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, 4 local and 12 imported and 14 new deaths as of Sunday, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 80,860. There are now more cases outside China than there are inside.

The scenario shows China is winning the fight against coronavirus as the country is continuously taking measures to curb the situation.

The authorities of Beijing have tightened quarantine measures, making all international arrivals into the capital city must go into quarantine facilities for 14 days, and those sent to facilities must pay for their stay.

The strict measures helps China to control the situation.

The number of imported cases in the country have outnumbered domestic ones for three straight days.

There are only four news cases reported in China, all of them are Wuhan, the place where the virus is thought to be originated.

As of Sunday afternoon, the World Health Organization was reporting at least 153,648 cases worldwide, while a separate tally by Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the WHO and additional sources, estimates that number may now be around 167,000, with over 6,400 deaths.

Italy cases spike

On Sunday, Italy announced 368 new deaths in just 24 hours, making the total death in the country to 1,809. According to the country’s Civil Protection Department, the total confirmed cases in the country reached 24,747, with 3,590 new cases recorded in 24 hours. The country became the coronavirus hot-bed of Europe and the worst affected country outside China.

Travel restrictions

As the coronavirus outbreak is appearing to new places, more countries are enacting border or travel restrictions. Lebanon announced a two-week lockdown, closing its ports, borders, airports and all citizens are suggested to stay at home.

The UK is demotivating its citizens about all kinds of travel, but people are only allowed to travel to the USA if necessary.

Colombia will block entry for all non-residents and require residents who enter the country to self-isolate for 14 days, Iraq is restricting movement in Baghdad for nearly a week, and Germany is restricting border access with Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Austria.

The Czech Republic is shutting down public services to prevent the virus spreading and Mexico is asking citizens to avoid non-essential travel.

All Hong Kongers were told to avoid all non-essential travel to the US, Ireland and the UK. The Philippines has suspended air, land and sea transport in the Metro Manila area in an attempt to limit the number of people entering the capital, shut schools and banned mass gatherings.

South Africa has announced travel restrictions and declared a national disaster to combat Covid-19. Kenya’s government announced new travel restrictions after confirming two more cases while Morocco has suspended all international flights to and from its territory “until further notice.”

The Spanish government banned all the citizens from leaving home except for work or for buying essential supplies and medicines. The country also largely shut its borders.

The France government closed down all cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas as well as non-essential business, which went into force 23:00 GMT on Saturday.

France situation

According to France’s national health agency, more than half of France’s 300 coronavirus patients in intensive care are under the age of 60.

The agency issued a statement which states: “We have counted this evening 300 serious cases in intensive care. We have serious cases also amid adults and let me remind you that more than 50% of people in intensive care are under 60.”

The number of confirmed cases and deaths are also increasing in the country. There are 5,423 confirmed cases in the country, with 127 deaths reported as of Sunday.

According to health authorities, that is an increase of 29 deaths and more than 1,300 cases from the day before.

US death toll rises

According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health authorities and governments, US coronavirus cases now 3,482 with the death toll of 65.

CNN confirmed that the virus has spread in 49 states of the country, the District of Columbia and other US territories.

West Virginia is the only state yet to report a case of coronavirus.

First US Navy sailor tests positive for virus aboard ship

US Navy confirmed a sailor serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer received a presumptive positive coronavirus test. This is the first case of a sailor aboard a Navy ship.

In a press release, US Navy said, the individuals who came to close contact with the personnel, are in self-isolation at their residences.

The USS Boxer during an amphibious exercise in the East Sea between Japan and South Korea. Source: Getty Images (File Photo)

“The individual is currently quarantined at home in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines,” the release said. “Personnel that the individual immediately identified having close contact with have been notified and are in self-isolation at their residences. None of them is aboard the ship currently.”

Earlier on Sunday, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar announced in a statement that a second Marine stationed at the base in California has tested positive for coronavirus.