WHO officials said on Friday that they are increasing the risk assessment of the coronavirus to ‘very high’ across the world. This development comes after the virus spreads to 59 countries and territories around the world, as well as onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan.
According to statistic website Worldometers, the following occurred on the 28 February:
- In Europe: there has been a first case of the coronavirus reported in Iceland (a man who had recently travelled to Northern Italy); a first case in Belarus; a first case in Lithuania; two new cases in Romania; 11 new cases in Germany; one new case in the Netherlands; three new cases in the UK, including the first in Wales; seven new cases in Switzerland; eight new cases in Spain; an additional case in France; another in Greece; and two in Croatia. In addition, the first new death has been reported – that of a British man who was onboard the Diamond Princess.
- In the Middle East, 143 new cases and eight deaths have been reported in Iran; five new cases have been reported in Bahrain; a first case in Israel; and two hotels in Abu Dhabi have been put into effective lockdown after two Italians in the country for the UAE Tour cycling race tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Africa has also reported its first case of the virus in Nigeria – allegedly that of an Italian citizen working in Nigeria who returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, Nigeria on 25 February.
- In North America, Mexico has reported its first two cases, and Canada has reported an additional case of the virus.
- New Zealand reports its first case of the virus, as Australia confirms an additional case from the Diamond Princess.
- In Asia: the first case has been recorded in Azerbaijan; 571 new cases have been confirmed in South Korea; and there have been two new cases in Taiwan.
View the full figures and statistics here.
Across the world, there are currently 44,167 infected patients. The total number of reported cases thus far now sits at 83,911, and the total number of deaths sits at 2,872.