This article will be updated from time to time. Coronavirus which causes deadly respiratory infections has been dubbed COVID-19, and is said to have originated from Wuhan in China. Over 34,000 people have died out of almost 1 million confirmed cases worldwide. Millions are under lockdown as the deadly coronavirus sweeps across the world.
After issuing the so-called ‘Do not travel’ advisory for Wuhan due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, the White House has now told government health officials and scientists not to say anything about the coronavirus without approval from Vice President Mike Pence’s office. Meanwhile, President Trump has asked for $2.5 billion to deal with the coronavirus in the U.S.
Many countries have reported infections among their citizens but Italy and Iran have been mostly hit by the virus. Italian officials reported over 10,000 deaths. Iran has reported over 3,000 deaths. In Iran, the outbreak has reached the president’s cabinet where at least sixth government officials have tested positive. Hadi Khosroshahi, 81, who is a prominent cleric has died. Iran’s deputy health minister has also been diagnosed with the deadly virus.
As countries continue to take measures to combat the outbreak, Japan has closed its schools after 100 infections. Saudi Arabia has barred pilgrims from visiting Mecca and Medina. Most giant airlines have stopped flying to China. Mongolia has blocked its borders with China. Iran has canceled Friday Prayers in major cities.
People who have been infected in China have been urged to donate blood plasma, in the hope that their antibodies can be used to treat sick patients.
Public transpiration has been halted for over 36 million people in 13 cities in central China, including Wuhan, where the virus was first detected in December 2019. Other events which are tied to the Lunar New Year celebration have also been canceled to avoid the rapid spread of the coronavirus.
Three people have been affected in France and four in Japan. In the meantime, Mongolia has closed its border with China..
According to health officials, coronavirus has now claimed the lives of thousands in the United States. The initial case applies to a Chicago woman who returned from Wuhan on Jan. 13 and began experiencing symptoms a few days after arriving home.