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Covid-19 death toll rises to 2,362; Iran reports two more deaths

February 22, 2020 (Last Updated February 24th, 2020 08:40)

Deaths due to Covid-19 coronavirus has increased to 2,362, including 2,345 deaths in Mainland China, as of the end of 21 February. The Hubei province has reported 2,250 deaths so far.

Covid-19 death toll rises to 2,362; Iran reports two more deaths
Covid-19: This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (colored in orange) isolated from a patient in the US. Credit: NIAID-RML.

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Deaths due to Covid-19 coronavirus has increased to 2,360, including 2,345 deaths in Mainland China, as of the end of 21 February. The Hubei province has reported 2,250 deaths so far.

The total number of confirmed cases increased to more than 77,000. Mainland China has reported 76,288 confirmed cases while 11,477 are said to be in serious condition.

The total number of recoveries has also increased to more than 20,800.

Iran’s deaths climb to five

Iran has reported three more Covid-19 deaths two on Friday and one more on Saturday, taking the country’s cases to five.

With 10 new confirmed cases reported on 22 January, Iran now has 28 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Italy reports two deaths; 20 confirmed cases

Italy has announced two Covid-19 deaths in the country, one each from Padua and Lombardy regions.

The country also reported 16 new cases, taking the country’s total to 20, as of the end of 21 February.

Officials from the northern part of Italy have closed the schools and other public places in around ten towns. Additionally, public activities have been closed for one week.

US confirmed cases rise to 35

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 35 confirmed cases of coronavirus, which includes 14 cases in the country and 21 repatriated citizens.

Of the repatriated citizens, three were from Wuhan while 18 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Of the 14 cases in the country, 12 cases were travel-related, and 2 of household transmission.

UAE confirms two additional cases

The United Arab Emirates has confirmed two additional cases, bringing the total to 11 in the country.

The patients are a 34-year-old from the Philippines and a 39-year-old from Bangladesh. The Health Ministry stated that the patients were in a stable condition.

Lebanon confirms one case

Lebanon has confirmed its first Covid-19 case, a 45-tear-old woman who arrived from Iran.

Lebanon officials received information from Iran that the flight could carry potential cases of coronavirus. The woman is admitted to the Beirut hospital and is in isolation.

Israel reports one case from Diamond Princess cruise ship

Israel’s Health Ministry has announced one case of the coronavirus who arrived from the ‘coronavirus-stricken’ Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The country evacuated 11 of its citizens via a chartered flight on 20 February, and the woman tested positive after arrival when she failed a breath sample test.

The patient is admitted to a hospital and is under isolation.

WHO director-general says ‘window of opportunity is narrowing’

Speaking about the international spread of Covid-19, World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that: “The window of opportunity is narrowing, so we need to act quickly before it closes completely.

“This outbreak could go in any direction. If we do well, we can avert any serious crisis, but if we squander the opportunity then we will have a serious problem on our hands.”

He added that the epidemic can still be contained.


Read death toll update of 21 February here.

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