- In the past 24 hours, 42 people have died in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the virus.
- In South Korea, nearly 500 new cases of infection have been registered in the past 24 hours.
- As per now, the coronavirus has spread to over 60 countries worldwide.
The total number of deaths due to the new coronavirus now exceeds 3000 worldwide. The vast majority of them have occurred in China. The latest deaths in China have all occurred in the Hubei Province, the virus epicenter, Chinese health authorities said Monday morning local time.
In the past 24 hours, 42 people have died in the province. This is a significant increase compared to the previous day when 29 deaths were reported. In Hubei Province alone, 2803 people have been killed since the virus broke out late last year and claimed its first life in January.
At the same time, the number of new coronavirus infections in the province is at its lowest level since the end of January. Thus, 196 new cases of infection were registered on Sunday. This is a large decrease compared to the previous day when 570 new cases of infection were registered.
Xi-Abe Meeting Canceled
A meeting scheduled earlier between China’s President Xi Jinping and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that was set to take place in Japan has since been canceled as a result of the spread of the infection, a reliable source said, as quoted by Reuters. The visit was scheduled to take place in early April.
In South Korea, nearly 500 new cases of infection have been registered in the past 24 hours. South Korea is the country after China where most cases of infection have so far been registered. A further four people have also died as a result of the virus over the past 24 hours in South Korea, bringing the total number of the dead in the country due to the virus to 22 people.
Covid-19 Spreads to 60 countries
As per now, the coronavirus has spread to over 60 countries worldwide. Most recently, the first infection case in New York was confirmed. The information was confirmed by Governor Andrew Cuomo through a tweet. The patient, a woman in her 30s, got infected with the virus after traveling to Iran, where the infection has spread drastically lately.
The second victim was a man in his 70s who died on Saturday in a nursing home, national health authorities said. The first US deaths occurred Saturday, local time, prompting the state of Washington to declare a state of emergency. Both deaths were reported in the state.
Louvre in Paris Closed
All over Europe, the risk of contagion is setting the agenda. The famous Louvre Art Museum in Paris has 9.6 million visitors a year. Three out of four come from abroad. The impressive number of visitors and the fear of coronavirus led to the decision that Louvre’s doors should be closed.
“We are very worried because we have visitors from everywhere,” said Andre Sacristin, a Louvre employee and union representative for its staffers. “The risk is very, very, very great,” he said in a phone interview. While there are no known virus infections among the museum’s 2,300 workers, “it’s only a question of time,” he said.
The French government yesterday banned indoor events with over 5,000 attendees because of the coronavirus. The Louvre is the world’s most popular museum, and the daily number of visitors is counted in the tens of thousands. A total of 130 people have been infected with the virus in France. Two have since died.