The outbreak of the corona virus has now killed more than 1,000 people worldwide, according to data from the Chinese government released Monday evening.
On Monday, a total of 103 people died in one day in the Chinese province of Hubei – the highest number recorded in a 24-hour period since the December outbreak began.
It comes on the same day when World Health Organization (WHO) experts and scientists have finally arrived in China to help officials manage and study the outbreak. that has now affected at least 42,729 people worldwide.
During the weekend, the first death of an American by coronavirus was also reported in Wuhan, the Hubei city where the virus reportedly made the leap from wildlife sold to people at an open-air market.
Cases have now been confirmed in at least 24 other countries, although only two of the confirmed deaths occurred outside of China.
More than 1,000 people died in the coronavirus outbreak, spread from Monday to at least 24 countries worldwide
While the coronavirus outbreak spread to another 10 people in Hong Kong between Sunday and Monday, people there began to protest that the borders should be closed to contain the deadly virus that killed one there
On a single cruise ship docked in Japan and quarantined, at least 136 people have contracted a corona virus – including 23 Americans – with the number of passengers or crew on board testing positive for doubling the virus on Sunday evening.
The number of new cases reported in China every day seems to be slowing and travel restrictions seem to keep the number of cases fairly stable in many countries, but global health experts are warning that the outbreak is far from over.
In fact, the WHO warned earlier on Monday that the more than 40,000 cases reported at that time were probably “the tip of the iceberg” because they expect that people with mild or no symptoms have not yet been diagnosed as underestimating total illnesses worldwide.
According to the latest figures, China still has the vast majority of coronavirus cases, with 42,268 and 1,011 deaths.
Of those patients, more than 7,300 are in ‘serious / critical’ condition.
There are now 391 cases outside of China with coronavirus cases, but only one death has been confirmed in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.
Coronaviruses are a common cause of respiratory diseases, and even for serious conditions such as the 2003 SARS virus and the current outbreak – temporarily dubbed 2019-nCoV – they are not particularly dangerous for most healthy people.
But SARS infections had a relatively high death rate, killing nearly 10 percent of infected people. The current coronavirus has a mortality rate of less than 2 percent.
The vast majority of cases and deaths are still in the Chinese province of Hubei, where health workers in protective clothing work 24 hours a day to care for thousands of clinical victims
Some experts believe that the percentage will fall by only one percent as more, milder diseases are diagnosed worldwide.
The same good news for the death rate is bad news for the control of 2019-nCoV.
In less than two months since it was discovered, the new corona virus has spread to 24 countries and surpassed the number of fatalities and infections for six months after the SARS outbreak.
And it seems fairly easy to pass between people, maybe even if they don’t show any symptoms.
For that reason, officials in the US, UK and most countries expect to see more and more cases of coronavirus, although rates are currently low, with 12 positive patients confirmed in the US and eight in the UK.
In its short existence, the corona virus has had enormous opportunities to travel far and wide.
A map created by Southampton University researchers shows how 60,000 of the total of five million people who have left Wuhan since the outbreak and before the city was completely closed, traversed the world.
Researchers used a combination of tracking data from mobile phones and flight followers to follow traveler paths.
The result is a red scribble of routes to 382 cities elsewhere in China and in countries around the world.
A map based on flight and cellular phone data by researchers at Southampton University shows how 60,000 of the approximately 60,000 people who left Wuhan after the outbreak of the corona virus began to travel around the world before the city was shut down
In the US, two of the 12 patients caught coronavirus from their spouses, who were good enough to pass travel screens and showed no symptoms on their way back from China, but carried the virus and passed it on to their husbands or wives.
And in the UK, a man from Brighton became a “super-spreader,” who passed on the corona virus to a further three employees, meaning that his infection is good for half of the eight people who confirmed the infection there.
Hoping to control the virus, Wuhan was closed on January 23. Municipal officials closed all roads in and out, arriving and departing flights were canceled and public transport was stopped completely.
It created a humanitarian issue in the city, but other countries then followed the example of restricting or prohibiting travel to and from Wuhan and China.
The US is now tracing all passengers who have been to China in the last two weeks via 11 airports, where they are screened for evidence that they may have contracted a corona virus.
Everyone who has been to Wuhan for the past 14 days is subject to a mandatory federal quarantine – the first of its kind in 50 years in the US – at one of the 13 military bases near the 11 airports.
Both the US and the UK have evacuated citizens from the epicenter of the outbreak and placed them under mandatory quarantine.