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Coronavirus Cases Surpass 100,000 Globally, WHO Asks The World To Fight Virus

Coronavirus, which has killed almost 3,400 people, decorated into more and more US states, protruded up in at least four new countries and even breached the halls of the Vatican. It drove mosques in Iran and ahead to halt weekly Muslim prayers.

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Friday that 21 people have tested positive of coronavirus on board the cruise ship, Grand Princess, stranded off the coast of California, as the outbreak continues to spread, infecting more than 100,000 people around the globe.

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Pence said the crew members of the ship were likely exposed during two previous trips, adding that he expects that the estimated 1,150 crew members will be quarantined onboard the ship.

US President Donald Trump also said in a separate statement that he would rather thousands of passengers of the cruise ship also remain on board the vessel. According to the company the ship can hold up to 2,600 passengers.

At least 15 deaths have been reported across the US due to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported at least 164 confirmed cases, while news reports say cases have surged close to 300. Meantime, two federal health screeners at the Los Angeles International Airport have also tested positive coronavirus, according to Reuters citing an internal email.

More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University – with at least 3,070 deaths in China and at least 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran.

In South Korea, authorities reported on Saturday 483 new cases of infections bringing the total close to 7,000.
Answers to your most common questions:
  • What is a coronavirus?
    • It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to lung lesions and pneumonia.
  • How contagious is the virus?
    • It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can travel through the air, enveloped in tiny respiratory droplets that are produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes.
  • Where has the virus spread?
    • The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened more than 89,700 in at least 67 countries and more than 3,000 have died. The spread has slowed in China but is picking up speed in Europe and the United States.
  • What symptoms should I look out for?
    • Symptoms, which can take between two to 14 days to appear, include fever, cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Milder cases may resemble the flu or a bad cold, but people may be able to pass on the virus even before they develop symptoms.
  • How do I keep myself and others safe?
    • Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick and avoiding touching your face.
  • How can I prepare for a possible outbreak?
    • Keep a 30-day supply of essential medicines. Get a flu shot. Have essential household items on hand. Have a support system in place for elderly family members.
  • What if I’m traveling?
    • The C.D.C. has advised against all non-essential travel to South Korea, China, Italy, and Iran. And the agency has warned older and at-risk travelers to avoid Japan.
  • How long will it take to develop a treatment or vaccine?
    • Several drugs are being tested, and some initial findings are expected soon. A vaccine to stop the spread is still at least a year away.
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