BEIJING (AP) — U.S. authorities were deciding where to dock a cruise with 21 coronavirus-infected people on board in California, and four universities in the country canceled face-to-face classes in an uptick in efforts to contain the outbreak of the new virus that emerged in China late last year and has spread to the West.The Grand Princess was in international waters against San Francisco on Friday night. The authorities want to take him to a non-commercial port to subject the 3,500 people on board to checks on evidence that 10 contagions have already been recorded on the vessel on a previous voyage.
The total number of deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, exceeded 3,400 people worldwide, with more than 100,000 confirmed cases. The Netherlands reported its first death tobede on Friday, and Serbia, Slovakia, Peru, Togo, Colombia and Cameroon announced its first contagion. Also on Friday, Florida authorities reported the first two deaths on the US East Coast, two patients over 70, one of them with previous medical problems. In South Korea, authorities said Saturday that a stewardess for Korean Air airline that was in Los Angeles between February 18 and 21 tested positive for coronavirus. The 36-year-old woman began suffering from fever and muscle aches on February 27, explained Baek Kun-ki, mayor of Yongin, a city near Seoul, on Facebook. Airline managers did not respond to phone calls. The global 100,000 contagion eclipses other major viral outbreaks in recent decades, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Ebola. The virus is much less widespread than seasonal influenza, which causes more than five million cases worldwide each year and between 290,000 and 650,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.Imitating the measures imposed in China six weeks ago, governments Westerners ordered travel controls, called for work from home whenever possible and disinfecting public spaces. In addition, restrictions were enacted on travellers from China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, the main sources of infection. Serbia suggested that it could mobilize the army to keep the virus under control, while in Switzerland, which confirmed 210 new cases on Friday, soldiers enlisted for support work in hospitals.
The director of the United Nations climate agency said her department will not hold in-person meetings until the end of April.
For his part, French Health Minister Olivier Veran announced that children will be barred from visiting patients in hospitals and medical centres across the country and that the sick will be able to receive only one adult visit at a time. In Spain, the authorities announced that 200 day centres for seniors in and around Madrid will be closed for one month. The global economy faces increasing damage from antivirus controls that paralyzed much of the Chinese economy and disrupted travel and trade. Airlines, hotels, cinemas and other businesses that depend on the arrival of customers have lost billions of dollars in potential revenue. Also on Saturday, China reported 99 new cases of COVID-19, the first time it has recorded less than a hundred contagions since January 20. The government confirmed 28 deaths in 24 hours until midnight on Friday. In total, China has 22,177 patients undergoing treatment and another 55,404 were discharged. In South Korea, the hardest-hit nation after China, 174 new cases were reported. The total number of contagions in Iran exceeded 4,700, with 124 deaths. The Islamic Republic installed controls to limit travel and firefighters sprayed disinfectant on an 18-kilometer (11-mile) stretch of the capital’s best-known avenue, Tehran.