The coronavirus has spread to more than 787,000 people across at least 178 countries and regions. Over 37,800 have died from infection, while more than 166,200 have recovered, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China’s Hubei province, has affected nearly 82,200 people in China. China claims the virus has now been largely contained, with no recent domestic cases reported. However, the country has seen a rise in imported cases.
Trump may expand travel ban
President Donald Trump may extend the travel restrictions imposed earlier this month (an entry ban on foreign nationals from the 26 Schengen Area countries in Europe, as well as the U.K. and Ireland) given the “tremendous impact” the restrictions have had in curtailing the spread of the virus in the U.S., which is now the epicenter of the pandemic. The country has reported over 164,600 cases, including a death toll of more than 3,000.
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“They’ll [the restrictions] be staying and we may add a few more, but the guidelines will be very much as they are. Maybe even toughened up a little bit. But they’re having a big impact. They’re having a tremendous impact and we’re starting to see it. And that’s the key: We’re starting to see the impact that they’re having,” Trump said at a White House press briefing on Monday night.
France sees its highest daily death toll
France recorded its largest daily death count on Monday, with 418 fatalities. The number of patients in intensive care also increased by more than 10 percent to 5,107.
With the outbreak said to be spreading in the west of the greater Paris region, where hospitals are at near saturation point, many patients in need of critical care are being transferred to hospitals overseas. Eighty people have been transported to hospitals in Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg.
The head of the French public health authority, Jerome Salomon, told reporters: “We are not in a drop at the moment. We hope that this increase will be more modest in the coming days.”
“The growth phase of the epidemic in the region will probably last two weeks,” noted Pierre Delobel, head of the infectious and tropical diseases unit at University Hospital Toulouse, where total cases have jumped from eight to 40 within a week.