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Weekly Coronavirus Report: What Happened Today


Around the World Today:


  • Austria reported its third case, the first in Vienna.

  • Canada confirmed the first human-to-human transmission in Toronto, the husband of the woman who had traveled to Iran, bringing the total cases in the country to 13. The country later reported a presumptive case in Quebec. The patient had travel history to Iran. This presumptive case was the first case in Quebec, bringing the total number to 14.

  • China reported through the National Health Commission 433 new cases and 29 new deaths across the mainland. Of those, 409 cases and 26 deaths were in Hubei province.

  • Denmark confirmed its first case, a person who had recently returned from Italy.

  • Estonia reported its first case, an Iranian man who had recently returned from Iran.

  • France reported 20 new cases, raising the number of cases in the country to 38.

  • Germany saw another case reported in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the evening it was reported that there were 14 new cases in the same state, bringing Germany's total to 40 cases. The cases rose to 45 by the end of the day.

  • Greece confirmed two more cases, the first patient's daughter and another woman in Athens, bringing the total to 3 cases.

  • Hong Kong reported two additional cases, both women infected after visiting a Hong Kong temple at the center of a COVID-19 cluster. This took the total number of cases to 93.

  • Iran reported that 22 people had now died amid 141 people infected by the virus. The chairman of Iran's National Security Committee, Mojtaba Zolnour, announced he had been infected. Iran later announced an increase to 26 deaths and 245 cases. The country's vice president for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar also tested positive.

  • Iraq reported a new case associated with traveling to Iran, the sixth in the country and the first in Baghdad. A seventh case was confirmed in Kirkuk later in the day.

  • Israel reported an additional case, a person who had traveled to Italy, bringing the total number to 3.

  • Italy reported that two more people had died, bringing the death toll to 14. The Civil Protection agency reported the number of confirmed cases had risen from 420 to 528. Later in the day, it was announced that three more people had died, taking the death toll to 17, and the total confirmed cases had risen to 650. At the end of the day, the total cases rose to 655. Mayor Pietro Mazzocchi of Borgonovo Val Tidone was diagnosed with the virus.

  • Japan reported 17 new cases. It confirmed a case involving a recovered patient being reinfected with COVID-19. The total number of local cases had increased to 186. An eighth person died, a Japanese man in his 80s, who lived in the northernmost island of Hokkaido. Additionally, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked that all elementary, middle, and high schools shall be closed until late March.

  • Kuwait confirmed the total cases in the country were 43, with all having recently traveled to Iran

  • Lebanon reported a third case with the person having traveled from Iran.

  • Malaysia confirmed an additional case, a woman who had recently traveled to Japan, bringing the total to 23. That made it the first case to be imported from Japan.

  • The Netherlands reported its first case, a person who had been skiing in Italy.

  • Nigeria confirmed its first case, an Italian citizen who worked in Nigeria and returned from Milan. It was the first case of coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Norway confirmed three additional cases, two in Oslo and one in Bærum, taking the total to four cases. Two returned from Italy and one from Iran.

  • Oman reported an additional case, raising the country's total to 5.mAn additional case was confirmed later that day, who had traveled from Iran.

  • San Marino confirmed its first case.

  • Singapore confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number to 96.

  • South Korea reported 334 new cases, bringing the total number to 1,595. 171 additional cases were later confirmed, taking the total number to 1,766.

  • Spain saw a new case reported in Valencia and two more in Madrid. A further case was reported in Barcelona. By the early evening, the total number of confirmed cases had risen to 22. In the evening six additional cases were declared in Valencia.

  • Sweden had five new cases confirmed, one in the Uppsala region, three people in Västra Götaland, and one in the Stockholm region.

  • Switzerland reported more cases, with a total of six confirmed cases across five cantons. By the end of the day, a total of eight cases had been detected.

  • The United Arab Emirates reported the recovery of two patients, and six new cases, bringing the total number to 19. It also saw two suspected cases attached to the UAE Tour, a cycling event, which resulted in the cancellation of the event.

  • The United Kingdom confirmed two more cases, contracted in Italy and Tenerife, taking the total to 15 cases. In the evening, a sixteenth case was confirmed, and the first case in Northern Ireland, someone who had come from Italy via Dublin


Sources: The COVID Tracking Project and The World Health Organization


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