As of 18:00 on February 29th Beijing time, a total of 6,246 confirmed cases of new coronavirus have been reported in 55 countries and regions outside China, with 94 deaths and 424 cures.
Currently, South Korea is the country with the largest number of confirmed cases, except China. As of 16:00 local time on the 29th, a total of 3,150 confirmed cases and 16 deaths were reported in South Korea. Most of the new cases were concentrated in Daegu and surrounding areas, and more than half of the confirmed cases were related to the “Xintiandi Church”.
In addition, the outbreaks in Iran and Japan in Asia are also severe. Iran has the largest number of deaths outside China. As of noon, on the 29th local time, Iran had a total of 593 confirmed diagnoses, 43 deaths, and 123 cured. As of the morning of the 29th local time in Japan, a total of 940 confirmed cases including the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship, 11 died, and 22 were cured.
Italy is the most severely affected country in Europe. As of 18:00 local time on the 28th, a total of 888 cases had been confirmed in Italy, 21 had died, and 46 had been cured. Recently, in order to cope with the shortage of hospital beds and the increase in patients, temporary tents have been set up outside hospitals around Italy to specialize in treating suspected infections to facilitate triage, diagnosis, and isolation.
Mexico, Iceland, and Monaco all reported the first case of new coronavirus in the country on the 28th. The first patient in Mexico was a 35-year-old male who had stayed in northern Italy from February 14 to 22. The first patient in Iceland was a 50-year-old man who was on holiday in northern Italy before returning home. The first patient in Monaco was a man in his 50s, who is currently in stable condition and has been sent to Nice, France for isolation.
On the 28th local time, the Director-General of the WHO, Tan Desai, announced in Geneva that the global risk level of the coronavirus epidemic had been raised from the previous “high” to “very high”. At the same time, WHO experts emphasize that this is not to make people fear, but to awaken countries to see the reality, be prepared, and be accountable to their own people and the world.