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Pandemic fears grow as 30 countries confirm coronavirus

by LLB Reporter
24th Feb 20 2:38 pm

Daily there are more and more people testing positive for coronavirus and more 1,200 cases have been confirmed in 30 countries.

Outside of China there have been 20 deaths and a sixth person has contracted the virus in Italy and seven deaths have now been reported.

Most infections reside in South Korea, Italy, Iran and China, which has almost 80,000 infections and around 2,600 people have died since January.

South Korea has quarantined around 7,700 military personnel after 11 soldiers were confirmed with coronavirus. The country reported 231 new infections on Monday, bringing to the total to 830 and eight people have died.

New cases of coronavirus were announced on Monday in, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait. All these cases arose from people that had travelled from Iran.

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Paul Hunter, professor of health protection at the University of East Anglia said on Monday the spike in cases outside China was “extremely concerning.”

He said, “The tipping point after which [we lose] our ability to prevent a global pandemic seems a lot closer after the past 24 hours.”

Coronavirus is fast spreading across the world since the original outbreak in Wuhan, China in January of this year.

Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in cellular microbiology, University of Reading said, “Worryingly, it seems that the virus can pass from person to person without symptoms, making it extremely difficult to track.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, EU infectious disease expert Professor Herman Goossens said, there is evidence asymptomatic people are spreading coronavirus and we are “very much on the verge of the next pandemic.”

He added, “I wouldn’t panic but I’m certainly concerned at what’s happening in Italy.”

Professor Devi Sridhar, director of the global health governance programme, University of Edinburgh Medical School said, “What is happening in Italy and South Korea and Iran could happen anywhere in the world.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the window of opportunity to stem the deadly coronavirus outbreak was “narrowing.”

Marion Koopmans, head of viroscience at Erasmus University and a member of the WHO’s emergency committee, recently said, “Whether it will be contained or not, this [coronavirus]outbreak is rapidly becoming the first true pandemic challenge that fits the disease X category.”

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