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South Korea, Italy and Iran are really facing a challenge. South Korea is about to pass the cruise ship in the number of confirmed cases with a lot more “fuel” for an epidemic than the cruise ship ever had. Italy has come from literally none a week ago to challenging Japan’s position on the listing, who has been dealing with the epidemic for weeks. Iran is, well, Iran. It’s going to get worse.
Here are the details being published at Worldometer:
ITALY OUTBREAK(Feb. 23 Updates):
- 55 new cases in Italy, including 2 new cases in Venice, a 17-year-old male in Valtellina, and a couple in Turin who visited their child at the Regina Margherita Hospital yesterday.
- Current total cases in Italy:
– 90 cases in Lombardy region (including 1 death).
– 26 in Veneto region (including 1 death).
– 9 in Emilia Romagna region.
– 6 in Piedmont region.
– 3 in Rome (including 2 recoveries).
- At least 26 patients are in critical condition.
- 11 towns, 50,000 people, placed in lockdown.
- Armed forces and police forces have been mobilized to form an insurmountable “health belt” around contagion areas. Roadblock violators risk up to a 3 months prison sentence.
– Schools closed in Lombardy, Veneto, and in Trentino Alto Adige regions.
– Universities closed in Piedmont and Emilia Romagna regions.
– Carnival in Venice and all sport and public events in Veneto cancelled.
– All public and private events, including sport, cultural, and religious events in Lombardy cancelled. Movie theaters closed.
– “I think these three cases that have no contact with a primary carrier show how this virus is now ubiquitous so, as with flu symptoms, you get it and don’t know who you got it from” said Veneto governon Luca Zaia who, in a separate comment, said “we are worried, drastic measures are needed.”
– “Serious mistake was made not to quarantine people who arrived in Italy from China” said Walter Ricciardi of the WHO, adding that “within two weeks we will know if we are facing an epidemic” and advising that, for the next two weeks, people “should avoid crowded places: metro, buses, trains, schools, discos, and gyms.”SOUTH KOREA OUTBREAK (Feb. 23 Updates):
- 166 new cases and 4 new deaths in South Korea.
- President Moon Jae-in raised the alert level to maximum (Level 4: Serious) thus empowering the government to lock down cities and restrict travel. “The coming few days will be a critical time for us” he said in an emergency meeting.
- Last few days progression of total cases in South Korea:
- Feb. 23: 602 cases (day still in progress)
- Feb. 22: 436 cases
- Feb. 21: 209 cases
- Feb. 20: 111 cases
- Feb. 19: 58 cases
- Feb. 18: 31 cases
- 57 new cases (55 crew members and 2 passengers, of which 52 asymptomatic) and 1 new death (a man in his 80s) from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
- 2 new deaths and 14 new cases in Iran.
- 2 new cases in Taiwan: father an son, in their late 80s and 50s.
– The older man, a kidney dialysis patient with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, had symptoms such as cough and runny nose on Feb. 6, developed fever and was diagnosed with pneumonia on Feb. 9, and had shortness of breath on Feb. 16, when he was transferred to the intensive care unit.
– The son, whose brother had returned from China on Feb. 2, started showing symptoms two days prior, on Jan 31. He had a fever, runny nose and sore throat on Jan. 31, went to the clinic on Feb. 4 and, due to continuous fever, went to the emergency room on Feb. 8, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He returned home for independent health management, but went back to the hospital twice – on Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 – before being isolated on Feb. 21.
- 12 new cases in Japan, including:
– a man in his 40s living in Chiba Prefecture who, after the onset of joint and muscle pain on Feb. 12, has been on a business trip to Hiroshima and Gifu prefectures.
– a woman in her 50s who works as a part-time school lunch attendant in Hokkaido. She had sore throat on February 15. She wore a mask, a white coat, and gloves, and carried 194 school children from the serving room to each classroom using a wagon.
- 1 new case in Australia from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
- 18 new cases and 1 new death occurred outside of Hubei province in China on February 22, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China,
- 630 new cases and 96 new deaths were reported by Hubei province in China for Feb. 22.