Mexican and Dutch health authorities announced that they have confirmed the first two cases of Corona-virus in their countries. The Dutch and Mexican victims both traveled to Italy. In total over 50 countries have now been contaminated by the deadly virus.
A man in Mexico City who recently visited Italy tested positive Friday, and another patient was confirmed in the northern state of Sinaloa. Brazil is the only other country that has Corona-virus in Latin America.
In the USA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Friday confirmed two more cases of the Corona-virus among Americans evacuated from the Carnival owned Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the tally among evacuees to 44.
Meanwhile the number of new Corona-virus cases had dropped in the center of the outbreak, China. China’s National Health Commission reported 327 new cases and 44 deaths early Friday, which the lowest number of new cases in more than a month.
But the number in South Korea, the hardest-hit country outside China, reached 2.337, with 571 new cases and 16 deaths. Most of the cases were in Daegu, the South’s fourth-largest city.
Also Friday, the Corona-virus emerged in at least five other countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Lithuania, New Zealand and Nigeria.
The case in Nigeria, detected in the economic capital, Lagos, was the first case in sub-Saharan Africa and the third to be confirmed in Africa. Nigerian officials said the case involved an Italian citizen who entered the country this week.
In Azerbaijan, a Russian citizen who had arrived from Iran was confirmed with the virus, and in Belarus an Iranian student who arrived from Azerbaijan tested positive.
Other deaths have been reported in the Philippines (1), Taiwan (1), France (2), Iran (34), Japan (9), South Korea (16) and Italy (17).
The USA and South Korea called off joint military drills. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered schools to close at least through March. California health officials said they were monitoring 8,400 people for symptoms after their arrival on domestic flights.
About 1,000 people were in quarantine in Germany’s most populous state, as the number of confirmed cases in Europe’s biggest economy exceeded 50.
VOA / ABC Flash Point News 2020.