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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 50 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).


Number of tests and positivity rate for Covid-19 as of Feb. 26


UK: 7,132 concluded tests, of which 13 positive (0.2% positivity rate). [source]

Italy: 9,462 tests, of which 470 positive (5.0% positivity rate), awaiting results: unknown. [source]

France: 762 tests, of which 17 positive (2.2% positivity rate), 179 awaiting results. [source]

Austria: 321 tests, of which 2 positive (0.6% positivity rate), awaiting results: unknown. [source]

United States: 445 concluded tests, of which 14 positive (3.1% positivity rate). [source]

Italy has announced on Feb. 26 that it would begin testing only people with symptoms, claiming that the higher number of cases (compared to other European countries) is due to more tests being conducted.


Latest Updates

February 27 (GMT):


About 60% of new cases (31 out of 54) diagnosed in Europe outside of Italy in the last 4 days (from Feb. 24 to Feb. 27) had recently traveled to Northern Italy.

58 new cases and 2 new deaths in Italy [source]

3 new cases in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) one is in critical and one in serious condition in Madrid. The other case is a 22-year-old woman from Tenerife who went to Milan, Italybetween Feb. 19 and Feb. 23. She is in mild condition "Currently, we are in a containment scenario: there is not a massive entry of imported cases that could imply a broad transmission in our country. It may be that we will not see more than this level or that in a few hours we will be forced to pass. There will be an effort not to be late in any case," said Fernando Simón Simón, director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies at the Ministry of Health, adding that "as we have cases for which we do not identify the origin, we are closer to the possibility of a new scenario." [source] [source]

2 new cases in Greece (Athens): [source]
- a 38 year old woman in Thessaloniki who had recently returned from a trip to Milan, Italy.
- a woman in Athens who had also recently been in Milan.

1 new case in Israel: an Israeli citizen who came back from Italy. [source]

 106 new cases and 7 new deaths in Iran.

1 new case in Austria, first in Vienna, a 72 year old man. [source]

2 new cases in the UK: "the virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS centers in Royal Liverpool Hospital and Royal Free Hospital, London," reports DHSC. [source]

3 new case in Switzerland, including:
- 2 cases in the canton of Graubünden who are symptomatic but in good health. More information will be provided later by the authorities.
- a 28-year-old man who had returned 3 days ago from Milan, Italy. He presents mild symptoms and is currently hospitalized at Geneva University Hospital. Around 15 contacts of the man have been placed in quarantine at their homes. This is the second case in Switzerland, both with recent travel history to Milan or Lombardy, in Italy. [source]

1 new case in Spain (Valencia): a 44-year-old male who traveled to Milan to watch the Champions League match between Atalanta and Valencia of Feb. 19. [source]

1st case in Estonia: a resident of Iran in Estonia who came from Riga (Latvia) by bus and "called an ambulance upon arriving at the bus station" said Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik. The patient is being treated in the infectious clinic at West Tallinn Central Hospital.

1st case in Denmark: a TV 2 employee who came home from a ski vacation with his family in Lombardy, Italy (Chiesa in Valmalenco in the province of Sondrio) 3 days ago on Feb. 24 departing from the Malpensa airport in Milan. He bagan showing symptoms of cough and fever on the morning of Feb. 26. [source]


 505 new cases (of which 422, or 84%, in Daegu) and 1 death in South Korea. The number of new cases in South Korea has topped China for the first time (China has reported 433 new cases for Feb. 26 [source]). This number is expected to further increase in the coming days as health authorities have started testing more than 210,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, attended by the 31st case (a possible "super spreader") and which accounts for more than half of the country's 1,766 total cases to date. [source] [source]

433 new cases and 29 new deaths (of which 26 in Hubei) occurred in China on Feb. 26, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China. [source]



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While,I watch many if the videos on the virus daily. I am struck by the fact that a country of 109 million is, to the best of my experience, never even mentioned. Odd to say the least. Some can say it is because the Philippines has only had 3 people infected. I find that odd in itself considering how many cases in neighboring countries. I hope we have not just been forgotten about in world's coverage of the virus.

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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 52  countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).[2 more countries from 8 hrs ago]


Latest Updates

February 27 (GMT):


1 new case in Canada (Ontario): the husband of the previously confirmed case in Toronto. [source]



 1st case in the Netherlands: a person who had recently visited Lombardy, Italy. He is hospitalized in Tilburg. [source]

3 new cases in Norway: [source]
2 persons in Oslo who are connected to the outbreak in Italy
1 person in Bærum who is linked to the outbreak in Iran

12 new cases in Spain, including:
- a person in critical condition in Madrid. [source] [source] [source]
- a 22-year-old woman from Tenerife who went to Milan, Italy between Feb. 19 and Feb. 23. She is in mild condition
- 1 person in Barcelona who had been to Italy
- 9 people in Valencia who had been to Italy

1 new case in the UK (the first in Northern Ireland): a person who had travelled to Northern Italy. He is hospitalized at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. [source]

3 new cases in Austria (first in Vienna): [source]
- a 72 year old man in Vienna who is seriously ill
- a couple (with two children showing mild symptoms awaiting test results) in Vienna who had recently been on a family vacation in Lombardy, Italy

20 new cases in France, including: [source]
- 12 diagnosed on a military base in the department of Oise, "linked together by a chain of contamination."

5 new cases in Sweden: [source]
- 1 middle-aged woman in Stockholm who had visited Iran.
- 1 woman in Uppsala who had been to Germany where she had first developed symptoms.
- 2 persons in their 30s in Västra Götaland who had had contacts with a previously confirmed case who had been to Italy.
- 1 person in Västra Götaland who had recently been to Northern Italy.

14 new cases in Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia): they’re in good health and have been quarantined at home. [source]

 180 new cases and 5 new deaths in Italy. Among the 472 active cases from an earlier report, 159 (34%) are hospitalized and 37 (8%) are in intensive care. [source]

Italy has now relaxed its testing criteria: contacts linked to confirmed cases or recent travelers to outbreak areas will not be tested anymore, unless they show symptoms. [source] See: comparison with other countries.


The Japanese government is asking all schools in the country to close beginning March 2nd until April. In Osaka, schools have already been asked to close from Feb.29 until Mar. 13. About 13.7 million children and 38,000 schools will be affected. [source]

3 new cases in Singapore, including a 12-year-old. 66 out of 96 cases have so far recovered from the infection. [source]


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Comparison update from yesterday to now


83,105 total

2,858 deaths

36525 recoveries


Current trends and analysis:

There are now more new cases occurring every day outside of China than within.

Worldwide, the number of newly recovered patients has been greater than the number of newly infected every day since Feb. 19 (for the past week).

The number of serious and critical cases, as well as of new deaths, is declining worldwide.

However, with a declining trend in China and a sharp increase in cases outside of China (where the outbreak is still in its initial stages), it is critical to analyze the two trends separately.

The questions we must address now are:
1) What factors determined the decline in China (and, most importantly, the limited spread of the virus outside of Hubei)?
2) Are these same factors (which seem to include very firm and quick actions being implemented at an unprecedented scale) present outside of China? If not, the outcome might turn out to be quite different, unless another course of action is undertaken immediately.
In depth analysis, reviewing the findings from WHO’s Bruce Aylward report after spending two weeks in China, to be published later today.

 For what it's worth..  

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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 53 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).[up one from an hour ago]



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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 54 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).[add another one]


Latest Updates

February 28 (GMT):


 1st case in Nigeria: an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on Feb. 25. [source] [source]



256 new cases in South Korea. [source]

327 new cases and 44 new deaths (of which 41 in Hubei) occurred in China on Feb. 27, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China. [source]


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This video is mostly science (explaining a lot of factors about this virus), but I am putting it in the Coronavirus Stories topic due to the possibility that its source may be questioned. I still think it contains a lot of valuable information and should be watched.


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