Coronavirus: Death Count Reaches Over 3,300 Across World (Representative Image) (Photo Credit: File Photo)
At least 3,337 people have now died across the world from the novel coronavirus outbreak, also known as COVID-19, as China reported 28 new deaths on Saturday. The new fatalities were all in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak. Also, more than 1 lakh people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, most of them in China, Italy, and Iran. According to the National Health Commission, there were 99 fresh cases with a rise in new cases outside the virus epicentre of Hubei province for a third consecutive day.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 31, including 16 tourists from Italy and their Indian guide. On Thursday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a meeting to review preparedness for COVID-19 management, through video conference with health ministers, chief secretaries of all states and UTs, central ministers and representatives from the related organisations and stressed on the need for keeping testing and quarantine facilities, isolation wards, and labs in active readiness.
During the review meeting, Dr Harsh Vardhan asked all the states and UTs to start an education and communication campaign to remove misconceptions about coronavirus. Earlier, in the day, the union minister informed Lok Sabha that as many as 29,607 people are under observation of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network for novel coronavirus.
It is worth mentioning here that the COVID-19 outbreak emerged late last year in Hubei in central China, but has now spread to more than 60 countries around the world.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to United States' Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are the best ways to avoid being exposed and prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).