World ‘on brink of coronavirus pandemic’: All the most recent updates


The coronavirus is spreading extra shortly in Europe, the Middle East, and different components of the world than in China the place the virus first emerged within the central metropolis of Wuhan on the finish of final 12 months.

The variety of new infections inside China was for the primary time overtaken by contemporary instances elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy, Iran and South Korea rising as new hotspots for COVID-19.


The illness was additionally detected for the primary time in Estonia, Denmark, Georgia, Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria. 

Here are the most recent updates:

Thursday, February 27

Estonia confirms first coronavirus case

Estonia has confirmed its first coronavirus case in a person who returned from Iran, Russian information companies TASS and Interfax reported on Thursday, citing Estonian well being authorities.

“We are talking about a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen of Estonia,” Interfax reported, citing Estonian Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik.

“According to my information, he is a citizen of Iran,” Interfax cited Kiik as telling Estonian TV.

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A medical employee inspects a CT scan picture at a ward of Wuhan Red Cross Hospital [China Daily via Reuters]

Denmark confirms first coronavirus case

Denmark has confirmed its first coronavirus an infection in a person who returned from a ski vacation in northern Italy, the Danish well being authority stated. The man was put in isolation in his personal home.

Iraq pronounces sixth case of coronavirus

Iraq’s well being ministry stated a younger Iraqi man in Baghdad examined constructive after getting back from Iran.

Virus strikes one other blow at non secular tourism in Iraq

Iraq’s very important non secular tourism sector was already struggling after months of protests, political turmoil and sanctions hitting pilgrims from neighbouring Iran – then the novel coronavirus arrived.

In the southern Shia holy metropolis of Karbala, lodges have closed and face masks are extra frequent on the road than the full-length black veils worn by feminine pilgrims.

Visitors are scarce on the golden-domed tomb of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, regardless of twice-daily visits by well being officers to sanitise the positioning.

North Korea extends faculty breaks over virus fears

North Korea has postponed the brand new faculty time period to forestall the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, studies stated, the most recent measure because the ill-equipped nation ramps up efforts to forestall a devastating outbreak.

Pyongyang has not reported a single case of the COVID-19.

“School breaks for students have been extended as a preventive measure against the infection,” the Korean Central Broadcasting Station reported, in line with Yonhap information company.

China asks low-risk areas to renew visa, passport companies

Regions in China at low danger for the coronavirus ought to resume visa and passport companies for each Chinese and overseas travellers to assist the nation get again to work, immigration authorities stated.

Medium-risk areas ought to do the identical relying on the state of the epidemic inside their borders, the China Immigration Administration additionally stated.

The immigration authority stated on its official Weibo account that it might roll out measures to facilitate such strikes, with out offering additional particulars.

Passengers wearing masks are seen arrival at the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai

Passengers sporting masks at a railway station in Shanghai [Aly Song/Reuters]

World on brink of coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s Morrison says

There is each signal the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned, as Australia kicked off emergency measures to curb the unfold of the illness.

“The advice we have received today is…there is every indication that the world will soon enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus,” Morrison informed a televised information convention in Canberra, the capital.

“As a result we have agreed today and initiated the…coronavirus emergency response plan,” he added.

Australia will prolong a travel ban on foreigners arriving from China by at the very least one other week, Morrison stated, though there was as but no must cease mass gatherings.

China metropolis provides $1,400 reward to virus sufferers who report back to authorities

Qianjiang, a metropolis of round a million individuals in China’s Hubei province, can pay residents as a lot as 10,000 yuan ($1,425.96) in the event that they proactively report signs of the sickness and it’s confirmed after testing.

The metropolis is positioned round 150km (90 miles) from the provincial capital of Wuhan, and has up to now reported a complete of 197 instances.

Hubei has reported greater than 65,000 instances and greater than 2,600 deaths.

India evacuates nationals, overseas residents from Wuhan

An evacuation flight carrying 76 Indian residents in addition to quite a few overseas nationals from Wuhan arrived again in India on Thursday.

It earlier dropped medical provides within the metropolis the place the outbreak originated on the finish of final 12 months.

China investigates launch of coronavirus-infected inmate in Hubei

China has despatched an investigation crew to Wuhan after studies {that a} jail launched an contaminated inmate who then managed to travel to Beijing.

A crew led by the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Ministry of Public Security will look into the incident, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China stated in a information launch on Thursday.

Media studies stated an contaminated inmate was launched from a Wuhan ladies’s jail after finishing her sentence. Family members then drove her to Beijing.

The report triggered an uproar on social media, as individuals requested how she might have escaped the sealed off metropolis.

Taiwan raises epidemic response degree to highest amid virus considerations

Taiwan on Thursday raised its epidemic response degree to the best, official media reported, amid rising considerations over the coronavirus outbreak.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency stated Premier Su Tseng-chang introduced the choice in a cupboard assembly on Thursday, citing sporadic instances of neighborhood transmission on the island.

Taiwan has logged 32 instances of the coronavirus and one loss of life, and has largely suspended travel and tourism hyperlinks with China to curb its unfold.

Japanese girl confirmed with coronavirus for 2nd time

A girl working as a tour-bus information in Japan has examined constructive for the coronavirus for a second time, Osaka’s prefectural authorities stated on Wednesday, the primary particular person within the nation to take action amid rising considerations in regards to the unfold of the an infection.

The second constructive check comes because the variety of confirmed instances in Japan rose to 186 by Thursday from round 170 the day earlier than.

New US coronavirus case could also be 1st from unknown origin

A brand new coronavirus case in California might be the primary within the US with no identified connection to travel overseas or one other identified case, and a potential signal the virus is spreading in a neighborhood throughout the nation, well being officers stated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case on Wednesday.

California officers stated the particular person is a resident of Solano County, northeast of San Francisco, and is getting medical care in Sacramento County. They didn’t instantly launch some other particulars.

South Korea studies 13th loss of life from coronavirus

The Mayor of Daegu, town on the centre of South Korea’s coronavirus outbreak, stated a 13th particular person had died from the an infection on Thursday. The determine was not confirmed by the KCDC.

South Korea studies 334 further coronavirus instances, lifting complete to 1,595

South Korea reported 334 further instances of the brand new coronavirus on Thursday, elevating the overall tally to 1,595, the Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) stated.

The determine is the most important reported further instances within the nation since its first case was confirmed on January 20.

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A significant buying road in Daegu has been left almost abandoned on account of the unfold of coronavirus in South Korea [Yonhap via EPA]

Of the brand new instances, 307 have been within the southeastern metropolis of Daegu, the place a church that was on the centre of the outbreak is positioned, the KCDC assertion stated.

China studies 433 new coronavirus instances, 29 deaths

Mainland China reported 433 new instances of coronavirus infections on February 26, the National Health Commission stated on Thursday, up from 406 on the day past.

The complete variety of confirmed instances on mainland China has now reached 78,497, the well being authority stated.

The variety of new deaths stood at 29, the bottom each day fee since January 28, and down from 52 the day past. A complete of two,744 individuals have now died on account of the outbreak.

Hubei, the central Chinese province on the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 409 new instances and 26 deaths on Wednesday. Beijing and the provinces of Heilongjiang and Henan have been the places of the opposite three fatalities.

US, South Korea postpone joint workout routines over virus

The US and South Korea postponed deliberate joint army workout routines on account of the coronavirus.

The determination to delay the coaching was made after Seoul declared its highest “severe” alert degree over the virus, Combined Forces Command stated, including the postponement was “until further notice”.

The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea.

Trump says US ‘very prepared’ for virus; Pence to steer response

President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday that the US was “very, very ready” for the coronavirus and put Vice President Mike Pence in command of overseeing the nation’s response.

Trump additionally sought to minimise fears of the an infection spreading extensively throughout the US, saying, “I don’t think it’s inevitable”.

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US President Donald Trump sought to reassure Americans over the unfold of the coronavirus at a information convention on Wednesday [Carlos Barria/Reuters]

He stated the US might need to limit travel to Italy, South Korea and different nations on account of the outbreak, however now was not the appropriate time.

Health authorities on the White House information convention stated Americans needs to be prepared for what might change into a wider outbreak requiring such steps as faculty closures.

“Our aggressive containment strategy here in the United States has been working and is responsible for the low levels of cases we have so far. However, we do expect more cases,” stated Dr Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Shanghai looking for individuals who crossed coronavirus affected person from Iran

Shanghai is taking motion to try to establish individuals who got here into contact with a coronavirus affected person who arrived within the metropolis from Iran, the native authorities stated.

The affected person, who has not been recognized, was identified in Zhongwei, a metropolis within the northwestern area of Ningxia, some 2,000km (1,240 miles) away, on Wednesday.

Authorities in Zhongwei stated the affected person arrived in Shanghai on February 20 after flying from Iran through Moscow. The affected person then travelled to Zhongwei through town of Lanzhou by prepare.

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More new instances of coronavirus are being reported outdoors China than within the nation, the place the outbreak first started within the central metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months. The metropolis stays sealed off [China Daily via Reuters]

Trump says prepared for coronavirus response on ‘a lot bigger scale’

President Donald Trump stated the US was ready to escalate its response to the novel coronavirus on a “much larger scale” ought to the pathogen proceed to unfold.

“We do have plans for a much larger scale should we need that,” he stated.

“We have hospitals in states that make rooms available and they’re building quarantine areas where you can keep people safely.”

Asked if the US had elevated its stockpile of protecting tools corresponding to face masks and robes, he stated: “We’ve ordered a lot of it, just in case we need it.”

IMF, World Bank contemplate ‘digital’ Spring Meetings as virus spreads

Growing considerations contained in the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in regards to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus have prompted the establishments to contemplate scaling again their Spring Meetings in April or maintain them by teleconference, individuals conversant in the discussions informed Reuters.

The establishments’ April 17-19 Spring Meetings are scheduled to deliver some 10,000 authorities officers, journalists, enterprise individuals and civil society representatives from throughout the globe to a tightly packed, two-block space of central Washington DC.

Saudi Arabia suspends entry for Muslim pilgrims

Saudi Arabia has briefly suspended visas for the Islamic pilgrimage and visits to Al-Masjid an-Nabawy in Medina, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced on Twitter.

The kingdom has additionally suspended entry to Saudi Arabia for anybody with tourism visas from nations the place the coronavirus is a risk. The overseas ministry additionally referred to as on residents to not travel to nations the place the brand new coronavirus is spreading.

Read updates from Wednesday, February 26 right here.