Latest updates: Countries striving to contain COVID-19

Geneva—The coronavirus is at a “decisive point” as the countries all over the world are striving to contain the COVID-19, says the World Health Organization.
Saudi Arabia suspended pilgrim to visit the holiest sites when the number of death rose in neighboring regions. A number of cases have been reported in Iran, Japan, and Iraq whereas Japan and Iraq ordered to close the schools.
Panic is growing as the deadly coronavirus is spreading to other countries of the world including Italy and South Korea. As all these countries become the hotspot for COVID-19, the dread of a pandemic is mounting.
The chief of WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus said: “We’re at a decisive point”. He said, “If you act aggressively now, you can contain this virus, you can prevent people from getting sick, you can save lives” while addressing the news conference.
In Pakistan, Karachi is on high alert after the first case of coronavirus has been detected.
In China, the virus has killed no less than 2,760 people and affected more than 81,000 in 45 countries of the world.
As of more coronavirus is proving to be deadly as hundreds of cases are being diagnosed on a daily basis outside the Chinese border. There is a reign of terror in countries with less effective medical infrastructure as they are unable to cope with the virus.
Tedros told, “It’s what’s happening in the rest of the world that’s now our greatest concern”.
Financial markets across the globe have plunged over coronavirus apprehensions, while concerns are rising that the lockdown and coronavirus might affect economic growth. To contain the virus, sports matches and get-togethers have been called off.
The international monetary fund IMF and world bank are all set to assist countries in need of emergency funding to curb the deadly virus.
The European Union is already bracing itself for the economic loss as the tourism industry and supply chains from China are badly affected.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases doubled in France from 18 to 38 in a single day, the president Emmanuel Macron notified “We are facing a crisis, an epidemic that is coming”.
As COVID-19 reached the Middle East, Saudi Arabia banned citizens from the affected countries to visit the holy sites of Mecca and Madina. The latest development raised concerns over the Hajj schedule in July.
Seven more deaths have been reported in Iran in the last 24 hours, while the death toll rises to 26. This is supposed to be the highest death rate from the coronavirus outside China.
In Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Estonia the first cases of the coronavirus are reported, mostly in people who visited Iran recently.
Schools were ordered to close in Japan, as the number of cases rose to 186 with four deaths. A case of virus relapse is reported in a Japanese woman as she was discharged from the hospital after a negative test.
Italy, the epicenter of coronavirus in Europe, is a facing travel ban from countries as the number f oases confirmed to be 528 with 14 deaths.
The first case of coronavirus has been reported in Latin America, as a 61-year-old Brazilian came back after visiting Italy. Other countries including Denmark, Algeria, Norway, Sweden, and Romania have reported a similar infection like Italy and Iran.
The Netherlands confirmed its very fist case of coronavirus while Germany announced the total number of patients is 44.
Nonetheless, Italy responds, as foreign minister slammed “false reports” about alarm and lockdown in cities.
In a meeting in Rome, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and France’s Macron emphasized, that “European solidarity” would be imperative to deal with the epidemic, while refusing the calls to seal borders.
The US and South Korean military exercises have been canceled scheduled in Seoul over coronavirus threats and the highest “severe” alert. More than 1,600 cases have been confirmed in South Korea with 12 deaths, the highest number of cases outside china.
Ironically, China itself is terrified about importing cases and orders the citizens coming from affected regions to observe mandatory 14-day quarantine.
More 29 cases have been diagnosed in China, making the total to 433.
However, the US president has minimized the feat of a major coronavirus outbreak in the USA.
He informed reporters “I think that there’s a chance that it could get worse, a chance it could get fairly substantially worse, but nothing’s inevitable”.
The first case of coronavirus is reported in California in the USA, out of 60 cases, the origin of the first one is unidentified.
The virus is transmitted from animal to human and originated in Wuhan, China.
A famous scientist from China, Zhong Nanshan held that the virus would have affected far fewer people if measures had been taken earlier.
The WHO chief Tedros warns all countries to be prepared for the novel coronavirus saying “We are actually in a very delicate situation in which the outbreak can go in any direction based on how we handle it”.–Worldwide News

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