Screenshot of WHO's updates on global coronavirus situation as of 0500 GMT, March 7. (Credit: World Health Organization)
BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- A total of 101,828 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide in 92 countries, areas or territories as of 0500 GMT on Saturday, and the death toll has reached 3,483, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr. Michael Ryan(L), executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Program, addresses a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Chen Junxia/Xinhua)
GENEVA -- There is no evidence right now suggesting COVID-19 will disappear in summer, a senior expert of World Health Organization (WHO) said here Friday, urging countries to fight the new virus decisively at current stage.
"We do not know yet what the activity or behavior of the virus will be in different climatic conditions," Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, told a daily briefing, warning against the assumption that the virus would just disappear on its own in the summertime like influenza.
A recovered patient is discharged from the temporary hospital, which applies traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment to patients, in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)
WUHAN -- The number of new COVID-19 cases in China dropped to double-digit figures on Friday for the first time since Jan. 20, according to China's health authority Saturday.
The National Health Commission reported 99 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection and 28 deaths on Friday on the Chinese mainland. The deaths were all reported in central China's Hubei Province.
A researcher of Stermirna Therapeutics Co., Ltd. shows the experiment to develop an mRNA vaccine targeting the novel coronavirus in east China's Shanghai, Jan. 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)
WUHAN -- Some vaccines against the COVID-19 are expected to enter clinical trials by mid-April or even earlier, an official said Friday.
Chinese scientists are racing to carry out scientific and technological breakthroughs in epidemic prevention and control by adopting five technological approaches, Ding Xiangyang, deputy secretary-general of the State Council, said at a press briefing Friday in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Students study at a library of Columbia University in New York, the United States, on Dec. 7, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Rui)
SAN FRANCISCO -- The University of Washington (UW) on Friday announced suspension of all in-person classes for this semester as the outbreak of COVID-19 infected more people in the United States.
The UW, which is the first large U.S. university to take such a measure due to a scarier prospect of the disease, said all classes, starting on next Monday, will no longer meet in person and instructors will conduct classes and exams online until March 20.
People wearing masks shop at a shopping center in northern Tehran, Iran, on March 5, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)
TEHRAN -- The authorities in some Iranian touristic provinces on Friday announced that they will screen arrivals in the provinces amid the fears of COVID-19 spread upon the coming of the Iranian new year.
Only cars with the provincial plate numbers will be allowed to enter the Mazandaran province, Abbas Mahdavi, public relations director of Mazandaran province was quoted as saying by the Iranian News 24 internet news channel.
According to the latest report by Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education on Friday, the outbreak of novel coronavirus in the country has so far affected 4,747 people, out of whom 124 people have died.
Neatly arranged tulips are seen on the Netherlands' National Tulip Day in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jan. 18, 2020. (Photo by Sylvia Lederer/Xinhua)
BRUSSELS -- Another 46 people tested positive for coronavirus infection in the Netherlands, according to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) on Friday.
That took the country's total confirmed cases to 128.
Five of the new patients have been admitted to hospitals. The others are in home isolation.
Janez Lenarcic (L), European Commissioner for Crisis Management, and Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, attend a press conference after the EU Health Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium, on March 6, 2020. (Photo by Riccardo Pareggiani/Xinhua)
BRUSSELS -- Belgium has detected 59 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the infection in the country to 109, more than doubled the number announced on Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Federal Public Health Service on Friday.
Out of a total of 441 samples taken on Thursday, 59 tested positive for coronavirus, said the press release.
A man donates after the 2020 Gala concert for Chinese New Year at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Feb. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)
VIENNA -- Thirteen new cases of coronavirus infections were reported in Austria on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 55, said health authorities.
A total of 23 cases were registered in the federal capital, 15 in Lower Austria, five each in Salzburg and Styria, four in Tyrol, and one each in Vorarlberg, Carinthia and Upper Austria, according to the health ministry.
A child shows a message of encouragement for the Chinese people written in English and Maori in Wellington, New Zealand, Feb. 15, 2020. (Photo by Meng Tao/Xinhua)
WELLINGTON -- A fifth case of COVID-19 was confirmed in New Zealand on Saturday.
The case involves a New Zealand citizen in her 40's, the partner of the third case announced earlier this week, Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference.
Staff members are seen at a special polling station for voters quarantined due to exposure to the coronavirus, in the central Israeli city of Tel Aviv, on March 1, 2020. (Gideon Markowicz/JINI via Xinhua)
JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health announced on Friday that four more Israelis were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients in Israel to 21.
The ministry noted that the four are currently under medical quarantine. In addition, passengers who were on board the same flights with the four were asked to undergo quarantine.
Palestinian policemen wearing masks stand guard in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on March 5, 2020. Palestine declared a state of emergency on March 5, 2020 after seven Palestinians in the city of Bethlehem were found to be infected with COVID-19. (Str/Xinhua)
RAMALLAH -- A state of emergency took effect on Friday in Palestine amid fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared on Thursday a state of emergency in Palestine for one month as a precautionary measure.
Tourists are seen outside the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, March 2, 2020. The Louvre Museum in Paris was closed for a second day running on Monday due to the spreading coronavirus epidemic. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)
MADRID -- The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Friday estimated a loss of 30 to 50 billion U.S. dollars in international tourism receipts in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Madrid-based UNWTO has revised its 2020 prospects for international tourist arrivals to a negative growth of 1 percent to 3 percent compared with a predicted positive growth of 3 percent to 4 percent prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.■