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Coronavirus – Report 3

The Coronavirus – Report 3

London, 3 March 2020

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised that as at 2 March, a total of 88,913 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally so far. COVID-19 is the acute respiratory disease which is spread by the coronavirus. Of these cases, 90% are in China and are mostly in one province. Outside China, a total of 8,739 cases have been reported to WHO from 61 countries, with 127 deaths. The Republic of Korea has now reported 4,212 cases and 22 deaths, meaning it has more than half of all cases outside China. Italy has reported 1,689 cases and 35 deaths.

For most people, COVID-19 infection will cause nothing more than mild illness. But it can make some people very ill and, in some people, it can be fatal. Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease or diabetes) face a greater risk for severe disease.

In the UK, there are now 51 cases.  In South-East Asia and in Latin America the number of cases continues to be low.

South-East Asia The Americas
Country Infected Deaths Country Infected Deaths
Japan 254 6 United States 62 0
Singapore 106 0 Canada 19 0
Thailand 42 1 Mexico 5 0
Malaysia 24 0 Brasil 2 0
Vietnam 16 0 Dominican Republic 1 0
Philippines 3 1 Ecuador 1 0
Cambodia 1 0
India 3 0
Nepal 1 0
Sri Lanka 1 0

The WHO has stressed that the coronavirus is not influenza. If this had been a ‘flu epidemic, there would have been  widespread community transmission across the globe by now, and efforts to slow it down or contain it would not be feasible. Containment of COVID-19 is feasible with early, aggressive measures.

The British Government has this morning published an action plan for the UK.

Link: Coronavirus: action plan – A guide to what you can expect across the UK

The document sets out what the UK has done – and plans to do – to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, based on previous experience in dealing with other infectious diseases and our influenza pandemic preparedness work.

The exact response to COVID-19 will be tailored to the nature, scale and location of the threat in the UK.

 

WHO RECOMMENDATIONS AND ADVICE FOR THE PUBLIC

If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or have not travelled from an area where COVID-19 is
spreading, or have not been in contact with an infected patient, your risk of infection is low. It is understandable that
you may feel anxious about the outbreak. Get the facts from reliable sources to help you accurately determine your
risks so that you can take reasonable precautions.

Seek guidance from WHO, your healthcare provider, your national public health authority or your employer for accurate information on COVID-19 and whether COVID-19 is circulating where you live. It is important to be informed of the situation and take appropriate measures to protect yourself and your family.

If you are in an area where there are cases of COVID-19 you need to take the risk of infection seriously. Follow the
advice of WHO and guidance issued by national and local health authorities.

Link: World Health Organisation

 

Revealed Travel will continue to monitor the outbreak and will endeavour to publish accurate information about the coronavirus on our websites.