WHO calls the Global spread of COVID-19 "deeply concerning" as Infection Cases go over 100,000

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the spread of COVID-19 Novel coronavirus “deeply concerning” as the confirmed cases of infection all over the world (across 92 nations and territories) on Friday was more than 100,000. While 80,651 cases have been reported from mainland China, 20,290 cases from other parts of the world. This fast-spreading illness has killed more than 3,400 people around the globe with 414 deaths outside China. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) has said that 99 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported on Friday in Mainland China. It is the lowest count of newly reported cases in China since January 20. Out of the new 99 infection cases, just 25 cases were reported from outside Hubei province (the province that consists Wuhan, the epicenter of the 2019-nCOV Novel coronavirus). 24 of the 25 reported cases outside Hubei have come from outside China. The second worst affected country from COVID-19 is South Korea, where the total number of infection cases has risen to 7,041 on Saturday. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has confirmed that the total number of deaths has now reached 46 in South Korea. Another worst affected country from the coronavirus outbreak is Iran, where the total number of infection cases has swelled to 5,823 with the confirmed death toll to 145 by Saturday. The worst affected European country from COVID-19 is Italy. On Friday, Italy’s national health institute has confirmed that the death toll has reached 197 and the total number of infection cases to more than 4,600 in the country. The infection is also fast spreading in the United States, where the total number of confirmed cases has surpassed 330 and the death toll has reached 17. As of Friday night, 28 US States have confirmed COVID-19 infection cases. While Pennsylvania announced its first reported infection case, 2 people have died in Florida (the first US fatalities outside Washington state and California). On Friday morning, the US President Donald Trump has signed a package of $8.3 billion to combat the coronavirus outbreak.  In India, the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection has reached 34, making Indian PM Narendra Modi review the coronavirus situation in India on Saturday and direct the officials to identify sufficient quarantine facilities for containing the fast spread of the infection. To avoid a large crowd to hear the Pope, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will deliver his Angelus speech on Sunday through a video instead of a window at the Vatican.