Feb 27 2020
The Covid-19 epidemic continues its march beyond China’s borders with more countries reporting their first cases over the past 24 hours.
Brazil yesterday confirmed Latin America’s first case, a 61-year-old who travelled to Italy’s Lombardy region, currently Europe’s main Covid-19 hotspot.
Greece, Georgia and Norway also confirmed their first Covid-19 cases on the same day.
The Greek case is a woman who had been in northern Italy, while France, Spain, Croatia, Austria, North Macedonia and Algeria have all reported cases linked to the country.
Pakistan also detected its first two cases yesterday, days after shutting its border with Iran, which has now becomes a major coronavirus hotspot.
Covid-19 has claimed 19 lives in Iran, the highest death toll outside China.
South Korea, which is the most affected country after China reported 334 new infections today, taking its overall tally to 1,595, while its death toll remained at 12.
Covid-19 has so far killed over 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 in 34 countries, the vast majority in China, where the virus first emerged in late December.
World Health Organisation, however, said yesterday that more new cases were now being recorded outside China.
China imposed extraordinary quarantine measures in several cities, locking in tens of millions of people as it sought to curb the virus’ spread.
The country announced yesterday that people arriving in Beijing from other countries hit by the virus epidemic will go into 14-day self-quarantine.