People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus in Taipei, Taiwan. The expert made these comments after leading an global mission to China on COVID-19. Aylward said when he arrived in Beijing on February 10, China was reporting about 2,500 cases a day, which has now declined to over 400.
South Korea, which with 1,146 cases has the most outside China, reported 169 new ones including a US soldier, as authorities readied an ambitious plan to test more than 200,000 members of a church at the center of the outbreak. There are 1,146 cases in South Korea, about half of which are associated with the Shincheonji Church of Jesus based in the southeastern city of Daegu.
The United States has reported 57 cases of the virus.
Worldwide, there are now 81,191 cases of the novel coronavirus, according to a dashboard created by the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.
Parliament closed for cleaning on Tuesday after confirmation that a person with the coronavirus had attended a meeting there last week.
The coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries and is causing mounting alarm due to new pockets of outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. "It's a question of when and how many people will be infected", the CDC's principal deputy director, Anne Schuchat, said on Tuesday.
"I had a conversation with my family over breakfast this morning", Messonnier said Tuesday.
The update comes in view of the evolving situation related to COVID-19 being reported from these countries, a Health Ministry communique said. The number of confirmed cases in mainland China overtakes the deadly 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
At least 12 people have died in Iran, the highest toll outside China.
A similar story was unfolding at the four-star H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife on the Canary Islands, which was locked down on Tuesday after an Italian doctor and his wife were found to be infected. Both countries are going into lockdown as the virus keeps spreading wildly. Unfortunately for residents and tourists in Italy, the country has quickly become a new access point, and this week brings a new wave of confirmed cases.
"Coronavirus must not be turned into a weapon for our enemies to halt work and production in our country", Rouhani said, according to a transcript posted to the Iranian presidency's website.
That fear in financial markets was clear on Monday when world shares took a nosedive to a two-year low as a hike in virus infections outside mainland China fuelled fears of a world pandemic.
Reporters Without Borders said Iran "seems to be concealing information about the epidemic in line with China's example", accusing it of also blocking independent reporting of the outbreak.
Despite that apparent progress in China, there are fears that COVID-19 could continue to disrupt one of the world's most important economies, which has already been grappling with the effects of a trade war with the U.S.
Adding to a growing sense that a rapid spread of the virus in more places is inevitable, a top World Health Organization (WHO) official urged that preparations be made now. "From our assessment not yet", Tedros said. "It may also signal that we can no longer contain the virus, which is not true".
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