All the six deaths in the US are from the Washington state (Photo Credit: Reuters)
The number of deaths in the US from the deadly coronavirus rose to six on Monday while the total number of confirmed cases in the country crossed 90. Meanwhile, the coronavirus outbreak that started in China's Wuhan city in December has wrecked havoc globally with the total number of deaths crossing 3,000 and infections surging past 89,000. According to the World Health Organisation, there are 89,527 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,056 deaths reported globally in 67 countries.
All the six deaths in the US are from the Washington state with 43 domestic cases and 48 cases of the individuals who returned to the US, officials said on Monday. US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence reviewed the situation at the White House on Monday with top health officials and those leaders from the pharma corporate sector who are working on either vaccine or therapeutics for the COVID-19.
The coronavirus death toll in China climbed to 2,943 with 31 more deaths, while 125 confirmed cases were reported, Chinese health officials said on Tuesday. In terms of confirmed cases in China, officials said Monday's numbers were the lowest since the country began to report about the coronavirus epidemic, showing signs of stabilising, especially in the Chinese mainland. By the end of Monday, 100 confirmed cases including two deaths had been reported in Hong Kong, 10 confirmed cases in Macao and 41 in Taiwan, including one death.
Two people tested positive of the disease in India on Monday, including one in the national capital. South Korea reported 29 COVID-19 deaths and 477 more confirmed cases, raising the total number of infections to 4,812. In Japan, the total number of infected cases increased to 980, while 12 people died of the disease. In Iran, the virus has claimed 66 lives, while confirmed cases climbed to more than 1,500. Three people have died of the disease in France, while the confirmed cases increased to 191.
With the virus spreading at a rapid pace globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it is an infectious disease caused by a new coronavirus introduced to humans for the first time and it can be contained with the right measures. Noting that knowing and understanding the epidemic is the first step to defeating it, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted on Monday that "we are in unchartered territory with COVID-19. We have never before seen a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission."
"It spreads from person to person mainly through the droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes," Ghebreyesus, who visited China in January, said.
A 12-member WHO team also visited the virus-hit areas in China and submitted a detailed report. Ghebreyesus said containment of COVID-19 is still feasible and must remain the top priority for all countries right now, though there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
(With PTI Inputs)
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The number of deaths in the US from the deadly coronavirus rose to six on Monday while the total number of confirmed cases in the country crossed 90.
According to the World Health Organisation, there are 89,527 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,056 deaths reported globally in 67 countries. Meanwhile, the coronavirus outbreak has wrecked havoc globally with the total number of deaths crossing 3,000 and infections surging past 89,000.