First Death In The US Due To Coronavirus, Which Adds New Cases In Latin America

The coronavirus caused its first death in the United States, announced this Saturday, and continues its spread in the world mainly in South Korea, where the epidemic registers its greatest growth, while it already extends in Latin America to Ecuador, Mexico and Brazil. The virus currently affects 61 countries, which led the World Health Organization to raise its risk assessment to its highest level. Nearly 3,000 people have died in the world and around 86,000 have been infected since the virus It was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Of those, more than 79,500 cases and about 2,900 deaths correspond to China. The rapid expansion caused that in the last week the stock markets fell to their lowest levels since the financial crisis of 2008 for fear that the disease will impact the world economy.But global attention shifted to the United States on Saturday, after the authorities of the Washington will confirm the first death on US soil, and President Donald Trump will ratify it at a press conference at the White House. Although initially the president identified the 50-year-old victim as “a wonderful woman,” health officials rectified the information, and detailed that the deceased is a man who had “underlying health conditions.” The death occurred in King County, the most populous state and where Seattle is located, authorities told AFP. Although the deceased He had no known contacts with areas of the world where the virus has spread, Trump stressed that the disease was still presenting a low threat to Americans and called on the “media, politicians and everyone involved to do nothing to incite panic “Other cases in the United States are likely,” Trump said, noting, however, that “healthy individuals should be able to fully recover,” and that The country “is prepared for any circumstance.” An American had already died in early February by Covid-19, but in Wuhan. The president and other officials announced a tightening of the already existing restrictions on people traveling from Iran, that with 43 deaths is the country with more deaths related to the disease outside of China. The president offered collaboration to Tehran: “We are ready,” he said. “All they have to do is ask for it.” In addition, the authorities urged Americans to refrain from traveling to the affected regions of Italy and South Korea. Trump will meet Monday with leaders of the pharmaceutical sector at the White House to discuss treatments and efforts to develop a vaccine against the new virus.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 60 people are infected with the virus in the United States, mostly passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.- France imposes new Restrictions – Although the vast majority of infections have been recorded in China, the virus is currently growing outside of that country, mainly in South Korea, Italy and Iran. South Korea, the second most affected country after China , recorded 376 additional cases, which raised the total number of infections to 3,526, and counts 17 deaths, according to the latest report. France, the second focus of the epidemic in Europe after Italy, he canceled on Saturday all meetings of more than 5,000 people, in an attempt to contain the outbreak, after 16 new cases were confirmed on the day, which brings the total of the country to 73. Italy, for on the other hand, it exceeded a thousand cases, while the number of deaths jumped from eight to 29. In recent days, the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa, while Qatar confirmed its first case on Saturday.In Latin America Ecuador became Saturday in the third country in the affected region, with the case of a septuagenarian who arrived from Madrid, Brazil confirmed his first case on Wednesday, corresponding to a 61-year-old resident of Sao Paulo, who joined a second this Saturday in the same city. Mexico reported between Friday and Saturday four cases of people who had traveled to Italy.- Blow to the Chinese economy -Read moreIn China, the number of daily deaths fell to 35 dead during the last 24 hours, from 47 the day before, according to official data . On the other hand, the number of new daily infections rose to 573 from 427 the previous day. This epidemic is wreaking havoc on the economy: manufacturing activity fell to its lowest level in years, while key industries such as the automotive industry were affected very strongly by the restriction measures arranged by the authorities, according to official statistics. The central province of Hubei, an industrial region fundamental to the economy of the country, where the epidemic arose in December, was quarantined. Several world events have been delayed, as the regional summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations scheduled for March in Las Vegas. “This is no time to panic. It is time to be prepared,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.burs-sst / acb / dg / rsr / mls

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