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Total confirmed cases: More than 40,000
Total deaths: At least 910
The WHO’sÂ Dr. Sylvia Briand told reporters the disease produces mild cold symptoms in about 80% of the cases they’ve seen so far. About 15% of the people who’ve contracted the virus have ended up with pneumonia with 3% to 5% of all patients needing intensive care.Â Â
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said health officials were concerned about new cases confirmed in France on Sunday and the UK on Monday that were transmitted without any travel history to China. “The detection of this small number of cases could be the spark that becomes a bigger fire, but for now it’s only a spark,” he said during a press conference at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva. “Our objective remains containment. We call on all countries to use the window of opportunity we have to prevent a bigger fire.”Â â Lovelace
A California passenger aboard the Diamond Princess told CNBC it “can be a little bit depressing” when thinking about how much longer he and his wife must remain on the quarantined cruise ship: likely nine more days. Matthew Smith said he is “maintaining his confidence” that he and his wife, Katherine, will not test positive for the new coronavirus and be able to go home after the two-week mandatory quarantine on the cruise ship ends.Â â Lovelace
World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference Monday to update the public on the outbreak, which has killed more people than SARS as of this weekend. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, warned Sunday that while the virus has yet to spread widely outside of China, that could accelerate. “The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries,” he said in a tweet, “in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg.” Watch the press conference here.Â â Kopecki