Thailand, US, Australia report first deaths


Thailand, the United States and Australia reported their first deaths caused by the coronavirus, while South Korean cases jumped by 376 but the number of new deaths fell in epicentre of Hubei, China.

The chief of the World Health Organization said the window is narrowing to contain the new coronavirus after the Thailand, the US, and Australia reported their first fatalities.

There’s no need for fear and panic in the markets, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the world body, said in Riyadh Sunday. While countries need to prepare for a pandemic, facts show there’s no such threat yet, he said. “We shouldn’t abandon the containment strategy because we see it’s working in some countries.”

Thailand said a 35-year-old retail worker passed away in a Bangkok suburb. In the US, Washington State health officials said the man who died was in his 50s. In Australia, a 78-year-old man died in a Perth hospital after being quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, a local health official said. 

On Sunday, China reported 35 new deaths — the lowest in three days — and 573 more cases for Feb. 29, with 570 of the fresh infections in Hubei. South Korea added 376 more cases, taking the total to 3,526, according to News1.



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