As coronavirus kills 361 in China, with at least 17,205 cases of infections so far, we review condition across the globe. By Tanvi Jain
So far, apart from China, countries like Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United States of America, the UAE and Vietnam, have reported confirmed cases of the virus.
India has confirmed its third case from Kerala. The patient has been kept under isolation at Kanhangad in Kasaragod district. The first case was reported from Thrissur and the second one from Alappuzha. All three are students who had returned from Wuhan. So far, over 600 Indians have already been flown back from Wuhan to India, and all credit goes to Air India for flying special flights like 423-seater Boeing 747 to rescue the citizens.
This is not the first time that the airline has gone out of its way to helps Indians. Back in 1990, when Saddam Hussain had attacked Kuwait, Air India had operated 488 flights for over 59 days, to fly 1,12,000 Indians back to Mumbai. It was the largest civilian airlift evacuation ever.
Another incident happened in 2006 when Lebanon and Israel nearly went to war, and Air India along with the Indian Navy, evacuated almost 2,300 Indians, Sri Lankans and Nepalis.
The third call for help was answered by the airline in April 2015, during the conflict between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, when the Indian military teamed up with Air India to evacuate 4,640 Indians and 960 citizens from 41 other countries including the US, the UK, France, Egypt, Sweden and Thailand. The exercise was called Operation Raahat.
As of February 2, Australia has confirmed at least 12 cases, of which four are from New South Wales, four from Victoria, two from South Australia and two from Queensland. It is also being reported that most of the patients had arrived from Wuhan and Hubei province.
Cambodia had confirmed its first case on January 27, of a 60-year-old Chinese national in Sihanoukville.
As of February 2, Canada stands at four.
Finland has also confirmed one case of a 32-year-old woman from Wuhan.
With six confirmed cases, France became the first European country to have been hit by Coronavirus.
On February 2, Germany confirmed its tenth case, after two people evacuated from China tested positive. Earlier it had reported seven cases of employees from the same office, and one case of a child of one of the employees.
Two Chinese tourists were tested positive in Italy on January 30. Reportedly, husband and wife, both have been kept in isolation in the Spallanzani Infectious Diseases Institute in Rome. The police have also reportedly sealed the hotel room they had stayed in.
With three new cases confirmed on February 1, Japan lies at 20. Out of the total, two were a result of human-to-human transmission
Malaysia has so far confirmed eight cases of coronavirus, all being Chinese nationals.
Nepal’s first case was reported on January 24, after a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had tested positive for coronavirus.
The Philippines reported its first death from Cornoavirus on February 2. The deceased aged 44, was the partner of a woman who had been diagnosed on January 30 and is reportedly in a stable condition in the hospital. The couple had arrived in Manila on January 21, after travelling across Cebu and Negros.
Russia also reported two cases of Chinese nationals on January 31. The two have been kept under isolation in the Zabaikalsky region bordering China, and Tyumen region bordering Kazakhstan.
The total number of cases as of February 1, with two new infections, have brought the country’s number to 18.
After confirming two new cases of one South Korean man in his 20s, and another 43-year-old, both of whom had returned from Wuhan on January 31, and 20 respectively, and also a 40-year-old Chinese woman, as of February 2, South Korea stands at 15.
Sri Lanka confirmed its first case on January 27, of a 43-year-old Chinese woman from Hubei Province who had arrived as a tourist.
Sweden’s first case was confirmed by its Public Health Agency, on January 31, after a woman had tested positive for coronavirus and was kept isolated at a hospital in southern Sweden. The woman had visited Wuhan and had begun coughing after arriving in Sweden.
In all 10 cases have been confirmed in Taiwan so far, including two Chinese women in their 70s who had arrived as a part of a tour group.
Thailand has detected 19 infections, including its first case of human-to-human transmission.
United Arab Emirates
After confirming four cases of Chinese nationals from one family, the UAE on February 1, confirmed its fifth case of another Chinese national from Wuhan.
The UK confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus on January 31 in two patients from the same family in England.
The US confirmed its eleventh case on February 2, including six in California, two in Illinois, one in Arizona, one in Massachusetts and one in Washington state.
Vietnam’s three new cases were of patients on the same flight from Wuhan to Vietnam, who had close contact with the already diagnosed people. This brings the country’s total confirmed cases to eight.