Coronavirus Live Updates (Sunday): Authorities Carry Out Rescue Operation at Quarantine Hotel Collapse
Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m.
The coronavirus epidemic continues to sweep the world. The top ten countries with the most infections include China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, the U.S. and Switzerland.
Local authorities in Quanzhou, a city in South China’s Fujian province, continue to carry out rescue work at the site where a quarantine hotel collapsed on Saturday evening. The death toll from the collapse has climbed to 11.
Global jitters continue
• More than 26,000 infections had been reported outside China, as of Sunday evening, according to government data and media reports compiled by Caixin.
• First death in South America was reported on Saturday. A 64-year-old man, who had traveled to Europe and was diagnosed with the Covid-19, died in Argentina on Saturday, the country’s health ministry said (link in Spanish).
• Park Neunghoo, South Korean health and welfare minister, said on Sunday that “the spreading pace of the respiratory illness in Daegu and the North Gyeongsang Province appears to be at an initial stage of slowing down,” Yonhap news agency reported.
Daegu mayor also said that the increase in the number of infection cases is showing signs of slowing down, according to Yonhap. The total number of infection cases in Daegu stands at 5,381.
• Bangladesh reported its first three cases on Sunday, the Dhaka Tribune reported citing the country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research. Two of the affected people recently returned from Italy, according to the report.
• Hong Kong saw another death on Sunday, bringing the death toll to three. A 76-year-old female patient confirmed to have the COVID-19 infection passed away on Sunday afternoon, Hong Kong’s hospital authority said.
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Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m.
• The Italian government is set to impose a lockdown of its northern region, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said early Sunday morning (link in Chinese). The move will turn cities such as Milan and Venice into quarantine zones, restricting people from entering or leaving the region until at least April 3, although the exact details are yet to be published.
Italy has confirmed nearly 5,900 infections, and reported the highest death toll of over 230 among the three countries.
• By the end of Saturday, China had confirmed 80,859 cases of infection, including 3,100 deaths, according to the latest official data (link in Chinese).
• The number of new daily infections on the Chinese mainland remained below 100 for the second consecutive day on Saturday, reflecting a possible sign the epidemic is stabilizing.
• Suspected cases on the mainland, which have shown a downward trajectory for about one month from a peak of nearly 29,000 (link in Chinese) on Feb. 8 and despite a few upticks, stood at 458 on Saturday.
• A hotel in Quanzhou, a city in the southern province of Fujian, collapsed (link in Chinese) on Saturday evening, with about 70 people trapped in the debris, according to a notice released by the local district government.
The hotel was being used as an isolation facility for people who had come into close contact with patients confirmed as having Covid-19, several local residents told Caixin. As of Sunday morning, about 48 people had been rescued or escaped danger by themselves, according to local rescue authority.
In other coronavirus-related news outside China:
• As of Saturday morning Beijing time, at least 96 countries and regions outside China had reported more than 25,000 infections, including 501 deaths, according to government data and media reports compiled by Caixin.
• South Korea, Italy and Iran remained the hardest hit countries. South Korea has reported over 7,100 confirmed cases, including 50 deaths.
• The U.S. has reported more than 450 cases of infection, including 19 deaths.
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