The US government urged seniors on Monday to stock up on food and medicine to prepare to stay at home.
The death toll rises to 25 dead and 1,412 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in France, 286 more than the day before, announced Jérôme Salomon, the director general of health, Monday March 9. Among the dead, fifteen are men and ten are women, he said, reporting a seventh “grouping” 38 positive cases in Ajaccio, Corsica.
WHO warned on Monday that “the threat of a pandemic” of the new coronavirus, which has infected more than 110,000 people worldwide, is “become very real”. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, however, was reassuring, saying that “It would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.” Franceinfo takes stock of the epidemic around the world.
The epidemic slows down in China
More than 70% of people who were infected with the new coronavirus in China have recovered, said the WHO, adding that the Asian giant “is in the process of controlling the epidemic”. “Of the 80,000 cases reported in China, more than 70% have recovered”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
A case detected on the Greek island of Lesbos
A Greek resident was diagnosed with the new coronavirus on the island of Lesvos, where several hundred migrants recently arrived, hospital in Mytilene said on Monday.
The 40-year-old woman, who had recently traveled to Israel and Egypt, was placed in solitary confinement on Sunday and her children did not attend school on Monday, public television ERT said. Greek authorities have repeatedly expressed concern over the spread of the epidemic on the Greek islands, which are home to thousands of migrants.
First two dead in Germany
Two first deaths from the coronavirus have been recorded in Germany, authorities in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced on Monday.
An 89-year-old woman died in Essen and another patient died in the severely affected Heinsberg region, a spokesperson for the regional health ministry said. North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous land in the country, is also the most affected by the epidemic which, according to the latest figures released Monday by the federal institute Robert Koch, has contaminated a total of 1,151 people in this stadium in Germany.
Death toll increases in Spain with 28 dead
Spain has 28 dead and 1,204 cases of the new coronavirus, according to a report released Monday evening by the Spanish Ministry of Health. The toll has almost doubled in the past 24 hours: Spain had 589 cases and 16 died Sunday. The country has already tightened its measures to contain the epidemic, especially in one of the main centers of contagion, the Basque Country.
In Italy, 97 additional deaths in 24 hours
The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Italy rose to 463 on Monday, 97 more than the previous day, authorities said. In total, Italy, the European country most affected at this stage by the epidemic, now records 9,172 confirmed cases of contamination, compared to 7,375 the previous day.
Given the scale of the epidemic, the Italian government decided on Sunday to isolate most of the north of the country, the main focus of infection on the peninsula.
First death in Africa
Egypt announced on Sunday the first death in Africa linked to Covid-19 in the south-east of the country. “A 60-year-old German national (…) admitted to the public hospital in Hourghada on March 6” and tested positive for the new coronavirus the day after died Sunday, said Khaled Megahed, spokesman for the Ministry of Health in a statement.
Arrived from Germany a week ago, the tourist “refused to be placed in an isolation unit” before his condition deteriorates on Saturday with “acute pneumonia”, stressed the ministry.
Seniors Encouraged to Stay at Home in the United States
US health officials urged the elderly and those with chronic illnesses to stock up on supplies and medicines on Monday to prepare to stay at home.
“Make sure you have stocks, including blood pressure and diabetes medications, and other common medications to treat fever and other symptoms”said Nancy Messonnier, an official with the United States Centers for Health Control and Disease Prevention (CDC). “Have enough household goods and provisions to prepare yourself if you ever have to stay at home for a while”, she added.