1st case of coronavirus in Argentina and Gibraltar, first death in Spain

An Indonesian nurse looks through a glass window from an isolation room for patients infected with the novel coronavirus, at Undata Hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 03 March 2020. Hospitals across the country are preparing to cope with a possible outbreak after the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. EPA-EFE/OPAN BUSTAN

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Gibraltar on Tuesday registered its first coronavirus case, a man who had returned from a trip to northern Italy.

The person who had accompanied the man does not have symptoms. The man flew back from Italy on a direct flight to Malaga.

Gibraltar authorities are now trying to identify the health operators who treated the patient. They are also trying to reconstruct his contacts.
The man is in isolation at home and is in fairly good condition, authorities said.

Spain has confirmed its first death from the virus, a Valencian official confirmed.

Argentina’s Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia has said the country has its first coronavirus case.

Taiwan schools on guard against novel coronavirus Covid-19 infection
Pupils sitting behind partition boards listen to Principal Li Chung-hui (C) explain how to prevent infection of Covid-19 coronavirus at Dajia Elemental School in Taipei, Taiwan. The school prepared the boards, made with PP Corrugated Board, to prevent infection of Covid-19 coronavirus by saliva when pupils talk, cough, sneeze or eat lunch in the classroom. EPA-EFE/DAVID CHANG

Algeria has revealed three new infections, bringing the total number of people who have the virus to eight, the health ministry confirmed in a statement. Seven of the eight cases are from the same family.

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has placed the armed forces on alert to assist health officials in the Islamic Republic. The supreme leader announced the decision after state media showed footage of the 80-year-old planting a tree wearing disposable gloves, ahead of Iran’s “National Tree Planting Day.”

Khamenei concluded: “Whatever helps public health and prevents the spread of the disease is good and what helps to spread it is sin.”

The official alert came as Iranian media reported that 23 members of parliament now had the virus. This was confirmed by the chief of the country’s emergency services.

Meanwhile, the Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis was ailing with a common cold, and did not have “symptoms that could be related to other pathologies.”

On Tuesday, France, which has the second highest number of cases in Europe, announced 21 new cases of coronavirus on its soil, raising the total number of cases to 212. A top official at France’s health ministry also announced one new fatality from the virus, a 92-year-old man in the western Morbihan region, bringing the death toll up to four.

 

About 3.4% of confirmed cases of COVID-19 have died, far above seasonal flu’s fatality rate of under 1%, but the virus can be contained, the WHO chief said on Tuesday.

“To summarize, COVID-19 spreads less efficiently than flu, transmission does not appear to be driven by people who are not sick, it causes more severe illness than flu, there are not yet any vaccines or therapeutics, and it can be contained,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.

Health officials have said the death rate is 2% to 4% depending on the country and may be much lower if there are thousands of unreported mild cases of the disease.

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