Egypt 'confirms first coronavirus case'

Egypt confirms case of coronavirus the first in Africa | Coronavirus outbreak news

She added that the risk for the region, as globally, is high in view of the region's proximity to and connectivity with China and the epicentre of the outbreak - Wuhan.

Egypt confirmed on Friday its first coronavirus case and said the affected person was a foreigner who had been put into isolation at hospital.

WHO has renamed the 2019-nCoV to COVID-19, under agreed guidelines between WHO, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to represent the entire viral outbreak under one category as "Corona Virus Disease" (COVID).

The overwhelming majority of fatalities have been reported from China, with Hong Kong, Japan, and the Philippines also reporting deaths due to COVID-19. China's daily death toll from a new virus topped 100 for the first time and pushed the total past 1,000 dead, authorities said Tuesday after leader Xi Jinping visited a health center to rally public morale amid little sign the contagion is abating. Henceforth, the Coronavirus disease will be referred to as COVID-19, as it was identified in Wuhan, China towards the end of previous year.

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO health emergencies programme, said that he believed the WHO-led team would include USA health officials, but gave no details.

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There are around 43,000 cases of the illness around the world, and it has killed over 1,000 people so far.

She also said World Health Organization is continuing to analyse information on both current and any new cases as this is critical to enhancing our understanding of the severity of the illness.

Battling the epidemic is a "big test for the country's governance system and governance ability", said Chinese President Xi Jinping, who chaired a political meeting on government reforms, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

"Viruses can have more powerful consequences than any terrorist action", he said but also claimed that we have a "chance of stopping this outbreak".

Social media giant Facebook said it is cancelling a global marketing summit scheduled to take place next month in San Francisco over coronavirus concerns.

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