The novel coronavirus continues to spread globally, with eight confirmed cases in the UAE and three confirmed cases in the Philippines. Fortunately, the first novel coronavirus patient in the UAE has fully recovered, and health authorities are actively addressing the issue.
As of this writing, there are 45,171 confirmed cases and 1,115 deaths caused by the virus. Majority are in mainland China, with 44,653 confirmed cases and 1,113 deaths. Only two fatalities occurred outside mainland China: one in Hong Kong, and one in the Philippines.
COVID-19 Cases & Fatalities Continue to Climb Globally
The National Health Commission in China stated that by the end of Tuesday, 11th February 2020, the death toll in mainland China has risen to 1,113 — a figure that is up by 97 from the previous day, Channel News Asia reported.
As of Tuesday, there were 2,015 new confirmed cases across mainland China. The central Hubei province reported 94 new deaths, including 72 deaths in the provincial capital of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged and now the epicentre of the outbreak. The novel coronavirus is believed to have originated in a market that sells wild animals in this city.
On Tuesday, the senior medical adviser in China said that the outbreak may be over by April, as the latest figures of new cases appear to be on the decline. On the same day, two senior health officials were dismissed in Hubei, which has been under lockdown since last month.
Meanwhile, during a conference held by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva recently, the novel coronavirus was officially named COVID-19.
According to WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, although 99 percent of the confirmed cases are in China, COVID-19 poses a “very grave threat for the rest of the world,” and that the virus very much remains a global health emergency.
Ghebreyesus also urged all countries to share information so that further research on the virus may be done, not to mention coordinated action among authorities and governing bodies.
Confirmed Cases in Japan Cruise Ship Rises to 175
Off the Japanese coast, 39 new cases were confirmed on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total number to 175. Initially having 3,700 passengers and crew members, the cruise ship is considered as “the largest single cluster” of COVID-19 outside China. Stranded aboard the ship, thousands of people are currently still under quarantine.
Economic Affect May be Worse than SARS
According to the Money Mind programme, the economic effect of COVID-19 may be worse than the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Channel News Asia reported. It may be recalled that from 2002 to 2003, SARS had a major impact on the global economy.
As COVID-19 continues to spread, however, cities in China are literally turning into “ghost towns” — with shops, offices, and schools closed and streets almost devoid of cars and people.
Based on latest reports, it cannot be denied that COVID-19 is, indeed, a global emergency that poses a threat to all of us. Still, let us strive not to panic, but remain calm and updated. After all, coronavirus cases here in the UAE will be treated free of cost, even without insurance. What’s more, here are several tips to help you avoid the novel coronavirus.