Alarming clusters of disease continued to increase in South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany and the US. The virus also turned up for the first time in New York, Moscow and Berlin, as well as Latvia, Malaysia, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Jordan and Portugal.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on March 3, 2020

As the untreatable coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, the World Health Organisation has provided advice on how likely you are to get the contagion.

“The risk depends on where you live or where you have travelled recently. The risk of infection is higher in areas where a number people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 95% of all COVID-19 cases are occurring in China, with the majority of those in Hubei Province. For people in most other parts of the world, your risk of getting COVID-19 is currently low, however, it’s important to be aware of the situation and preparedness efforts in your area,” the World Health Organisation states.

The coronavirus COVID-19 in China has actually dropped to its lowest level in over a month and the World Health Organisation reported that nine times as many new infections were recorded outside China as inside it over the past 24 hours.

Alarming clusters of coronavirus disease continued to increase in South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Germany and the US and the virus turned up for the first time in the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jordan, Latvia, Malaysia, Morocco, Tunisia, Scotland, Senegal and Portugal. The worldwide death toll topped 3,000 and the number of those infected rose to about 89,000 in 70 countries on every continent but Antarctica, AP News reported.

World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the coronavirus COVID-19 was “unique” but could be contained with the right measures.

Deaths globally have passed 3,000, mostly in China, and more than 89,000 people across 58 countries are now infected. Australia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia have recorded their first deaths as the death toll in Iran rose to 66, the highest outside China.

“We can push this virus back,” Dr Tedros said, adding that stigma about the disease was more dangerous than the disease itself.

“There is no choice but to act now,” he said.

The World Health Organisation says the best way to reduce your chance of contracting coronavirus COVID-19 is to frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water; when coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash your hands; and avoid close contact with anyone that has a fever and cough.

On financial markets, the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 1,300 points, or 5%, on Monday as stocks roared back from a seven-day rout on hopes that central banks will take action to shield the global economy from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The huge gains clawed back some of the ground lost last week in a massive sell-off that gave stocks their worst stretch since the financial crisis of 2008. Technology companies led the broad gains, which gave the Dow Jones its biggest-ever point gain and biggest percentage increase since March 2009. The S&P 500 index jumped 4.6%, its best day since December 2018.

European benchmarks were mostly higher, and Asian markets rose broadly.