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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (June 1):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 62,94,321; Total Deaths: 3,74,417 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 58,517; Total Deaths: 9,486 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 5,14,992; Total deaths: 29,341 CANADA:- Total Cases: 90,947; Total Deaths: 7,295 CHINA:- Total Cases: 83,017 ; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 1,88,882; Total Deaths: 28,802 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 1,83,515; Total Deaths: 8,605 INDIA:- Total Cases: 1,91,605; Total Deaths: 5,415 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 26,940; Total Deaths: 1,641 IRAN:- Total Cases: 1,54,445; Total Deaths: 7,878 ITALY:- Total Cases: 2,32,997; Total Deaths: 33,415 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 16,851; Total Deaths: 891 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 46,545; Total Deaths: 5,962 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 18,638; Total Deaths: 960 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 4,14,878; Total Deaths: 4,855 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 11,503; Total Deaths: 271 SPAIN:- Total Cases: 2,86,509; Total Deaths: 27,127 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 37,814; Total Deaths: 4,403 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 30,871; Total Deaths: 1,920 UAE:- Total Cases: 34,557; Total Deaths: 264 UK:- Total Cases: 2,74,762; Total Deaths: 38,489 US:- Total Cases: 18,37,830; Total Deaths: 106,220 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    

Coronavirus comes to Israel, Lebanon, Italy, Australia; South Korea, Iran worst hit

While in China hundreds of inmates and others in several prisons too have contracted the coronavirus infection, the outbreak is spreading to other countries fast by asymptomatic transmission.

NEW DELHI, Feb 21: The number of countries affected by novel coronavirus (covid-19) infection has gone up overnight with cases being reported from Israel, Lebanon, Italy and Australia. The coronavirus map already had 26 countries including South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, France and the US.

Reports from Iran and South Korea are alarming. In a day the number of coronavirus infection cases shot up from 13 to 18 and the deaths from 2 to 4 in Iran, and in South Korea the cases jumped from 100 to 204.

As the South Korean cases were sourced to a single church cluster, it is suspected that the viral infection that has not shown any signs of peaking yet, is still most virulent even after passing through several layers of hosts in the past few months which is rare and scary.

Transmission of the covid-19 coronavirus during incubation, even before a host shows up any symptoms, is also a new finding that is quite disturbing. Preventive measures will have little scope in this scenario of asymptomatic transmission. Moreover, any place is vulnerable as all human activities today revolve around travel.

According to leading science journal Nature, covid-19's homology relates more to coronavirus found in bats, and the genetic sequence has similarity to SARS. MERS belonging to this species is also fatal. SARS killed several hundreds in 2003. Covid-19 has become more virulent and it spreads faster.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus almost threw up his hands when he said, “the window of opportunity (to contain the outbreak) is narrowing, so we need to act quickly before it closes completely”.

The Israeli and Australian cases had their origins in the Diamond Princess ship quarantined and anchored off Tokyo with at least 500 passengers sick. Thousands of passengers onboard the cruise are now being evacuated by the respective countries, among whom were 34 infected Americans.

In China, the situation has taken a new turn with reports of hundreds of inmates and personnel in about five jails in provinces like Shandong, Zhejiang and Hubei falling victim to coronavirus infection, forcing a frustrated President Xi Jinping to remark that the outbreak has not reached its peak yet. It is a mystery how these prisoners could contract the infection.

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed 2239 lives in China so far and the number of cases stands at 75,000. Most of these belong to Hubei province. Other 26 countires have reported so far 1150 cases with 8 deaths.


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