Coronavirus Outbreak Worldwide: WHO Officials Say World, Not China, Is “Our Greatest Concern” Now

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 2,800 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China.

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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the rest of the world — not China — is now “our greatest concern” when it comes to coronavirus.

For the second day in a row, the number of new coronavirus cases reported outside of China today was larger than those reported inside China.

Tedros said China had reported 48,630 cases with 2,747 deaths. Outside China, there are 3,474 cases in 44 countries with 54 deaths.  “It’s what’s happening in the rest of the world that’s now our greatest concern,” Tedros said. 

In the last 24 hours, seven new countries have reported cases for the first time, Tedros said. This is now the time for each country to act to contain this virus. “If you act now, you can prevent this virus, you can prevent people from getting sick, you can save lives,” he said. 

Another coronavirus case reported in Canada

Canadian officials have confirmed the husband of a woman who has coronavirus has now also tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the Ontario Ministry of Health. 

“The man, in his 60s, is currently in self-isolation,” a news release said.

This brings the country’s total to 13 confirmed cases.

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Officials will be in regular contact with the patient during the self-isolation period, the release says. 

Italian finance official warns of possible economic impact of coronavirus

Italy’s Deputy Finance Minister Antonio Misiani said the four regions most affected by the coronavirus outbreak make up 50% of the country’s GDP. 

Misiani told CNN that so far, the outbreak has affected the sectors most connected to trade with China — manufacturing, luxury, and tourism.

San Francisco citizens wearing face masks against COVID-19, although no cases reported there yet
San Francisco citizens wearing face masks against COVID-19, although no cases reported there yet

He added that it’s too soon to say whether the situation will push Italy into recession.“Everything will depend, however, on the duration and intensity of the emergency,” he said. “To this date it is still difficult to quantify the economic consequences of coronavirus.” 

He continued: “Currently the most affected sectors are tourism and fairs, “ he said. “The cancellations of reservations of the past few days are dictated by emotion. We are working to help these sectors with fiscal measures and social safety nets and to explain to the world that Italy is absolutely safe and has a public health system perfectly capable of managing this emergency.

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