The threshold of 100 cases is crossed in Italy. The number of contaminations with the new coronavirus in Lombardy rose to 89 cases, announced Sunday, February 23, the president of this region of northern Italy, Attilio Fontana. In total, the number of cases throughout Italy now exceeds 100, he added on Sky TV.
Italy became the first European country to quarantine cities on Sunday, isolating eleven municipalities to fight the Coronavirus Covid-19, as the epidemic continues to spread in South Korea, Iran and in his Chinese cradle. The home is in Codogno, near Milan. It is the most affected European country, with a total of 79 patients to date, including three cases of contamination known for weeks, contracted outside Italy. Two septuagenarians have succumbed to the disease in recent days.
Iran has also taken drastic measures after recording 10 new cases, bringing the total number of infected people to 28. South Korea is on its side “at a turning point”, said its president Moon Jae-in on Sunday. The country has a total of 556 people carrying this virus which has killed four and will enhance at most “high” its alert level.
End of quarantine for French returnees. The last group of French returnees left Sunday morning the firefighters training center in Aix-en-Provence, where they had been confined for 14 days, said the prefecture on Sunday. These 35 people were evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic, on February 9. The first departures took place around 7 a.m. and lasted throughout the morning.
Eleven municipalities under quarantine in Italy. Eleven municipalities are isolated in the north of the country to fight the epidemic. About 52,000 people woke up Sunday morning in areas where “neither entry nor exit will be authorized unless there is a special exemption”, Announced Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
A possible “epidemic” in France. New cases of coronavirus contamination are “very likely” in France, indicates the Minister of Health Olivier Véran in The Parisian Sunday. He specifies that the health authorities are preparing for an epidemic and says he “particularly attentive” to the situation in Italy.
Four dead and 123 new cases in South Korea. Two new epidemic-related deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to four, the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) announced on Sunday morning. There are 123 new patients, for a total of 556.
New cases on the rise in China. The toll reached Sunday 2,442 dead after the announcement of 97 additional deaths in China, all except one in the central province of Hubei, cradle of the new coronavirus. News of contamination cases started to rise again (397 Saturday).
WHO concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) fears “the potential for dissemination of Covid-19 in countries with more precarious health systems”, warned its managing director, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. This is the case of many African countries whose health infrastructures and medical personnel are ill-prepared to face the epidemic. Only Egypt has registered a case of contamination on the continent.