China has fought the outbreak of a new SARS-like coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in Wuhan. The virus killed over 2,000 people in mainland China – more than the death toll from the SARS outbreak in 2003 – and infected more than 75,000 people worldwide. Outside of mainland China, the Philippines reported its first death on February 2, Hong Kong on February 4, Japan on February 14, and France and Taiwan on February 15. A second person died in Hong Kong on February 19. The other countries and regions infected with the novel corona virus are Egypt, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates Great Britain, USA and Vietnam. On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new name for the virus – COVID-19, which stands for Corona Virus Disease 19. WHO announced on February 17 that the data provided by China indicate a decrease in the number of new cases, but warned that “every scenario is on the table”.
(Image) A man with a face mask drives an escalator at Shanghai Hongqiao Station in China on February 18.