At least 2,810 people are dead and more than 82,500 cases have been confirmed, as the Covid-19 coronavirus spreads across China and the rest of the world.

Health authorities are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. The new coronavirus has resulted in more than 82,500 confirmed cases in China, mostly in Hubei province. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations. 

February 27th Updates

 
  • Newest Cases as of February 26th
    • South Korea: 505, 1 new death 
    • China: 450, 32 new deaths
    • Italy: 185, 5 new deaths
    • Iran: 106, 7 new deaths
    • Japan: 35, 1 new death
    • France: 20
    • Kuwait: 17
    • Germany: 14
    • Spain: 12
    • United Arab Emirates: 6
    • Sweden: 5
    • Switzerland: 5
    • Norway: 3
    • Austria: 3
    • Singapore: 3
    • Hong Kong: 3
    • Switzerland: 3
    • United Kingdom: 3
    • Greece: 2
    • Oman: 2
    • Iraq: 2
    • Israel: 1
    • Lebanon: 1
    • Denmark: 1
    • Estonia: 1
    • Netherlands: 1
    • San Marino: 1
  • US stock market on track for worst weekly drop since the 2009 financial crisis
  • DOW drops 1,191 points– worst one day drop in history 
  • Latest US case is a Solano County, CA resident with unknown origin sparking concern of community transmission 
  • Denmark, San Marino, Netherlands and Estonia among the newest countries with cases
  • Saudi Arabia bans pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina from outside countries amid fears of COVID-19
  • Over 650 cases now in Italy- big jump from Wednesdays’ numbers 
  • For the second day in a row, there area more confirmed cases outside mainland China in a 24 hour period than inside mainland China  

Quick Facts

  • The Virus

    • WHO early estimates places fatality rate at around 2% (Swiss Medical Weekly)

    • Incubation period: CDC believes at this time that symptoms of Covid-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.  Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath

    • Much is unknown about how Covid-19, a new coronavirus, spreads. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with Covid-19. (CDC)

    • Official name of coronavirus named “COVID-19” (BBC)

  • China

    • At least 2,810 people have died and more than 82,500 confirmed cases
    • Methodology for counting cases in Hubei province changed to only include those confirmed through genetic testing. This helps explain the drop in new case reports. (Al Jazeera)
    • More than half of China’s population is under lockdown
  • International

    • Dozens of people clashed with police outside a hospital in central Ukraine over government plans to quarantine evacuees from coronavirus-hit China in the facility (Al Jazeera)
    • Iranian health officials urged all religious gatherings to be suspended in Qom, news agency ISNA said, after two more people tested positive for the coronavirus in the holy city, where two had previously died from infection (Al Jazeera)
    • At least 3,933 cases confirmed in 46 countries outside China (60 in the US)
    • CDC travel precautions for China to remain at highest level
    • 64 deaths reported outside of mainland China (Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, France, Italy, South Korea, Iran) 
    • Japan announces all schools to close until at least April amid outbreak concern
  • US

    • 16 confirmed cases in Wisconsin, California, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois and Texas (CDC)
    • Latest case in US is a woman in CA with an unknown origin; CDC investigating 
    • Total of 45 cases of Americans related to Diamond Princess and Wuhan
    • CDC investigating 445 cases from 42 states
    • CDC confirms person-to-person spread (CDC)
    • California is monitoring 8,400 people who have traveled to ‘areas of concern’
    • Airport screening to take place at 20 airports including  BOS, ANC, ATL, ORD, DFW, ELP, IAH, LAX, MIA, MSP, JFK, EWR, PHL, SAN, SFO, SJU, SEA, HNL 

Air Travel & International Response

  • More than 30 global airlines have halted flights to and from mainland China, see full list here: (CNN)
  • Americans flying to US from China will be rerouted to 11 airports including JFK, ORD, SFO, SEA, HNL, LAX, ATL, IAD, EWR, DFW, DTW  (MassLive)
  • CDC travel to China alert remains highest Level 3 (CDC)
  • US State Department upgrades travel advisory to Level 4 “Do Not Travel” for all of China
  • Taiwan announces restricted entry to all foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days (BBC)
  • France and UK join the US warning citizens against all non-essential travel to China (CBS News

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Last updated February 27th, 2020