Healthcare officials in America have warned that an outbreak of coronavirus in the USA is a very real possibility.
They also asked schools and companies to prepare themselves for the outbreak.
WHAT DID THEY SAY?
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention organized a news briefing on Tuesday. They warned Americans citizens against the “inevitable” outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.
Dr Nancy Messonnier said, “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a question of exactly when this will happen.” Dr Messonnier is the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
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The briefing also stated that planning for “social distancing measures” is now imminent. These include dividing school classes into smaller groups of students or closing schools altogether. For companies, they would have to arrange work-from-home options for employees.
“We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare, in the expectation that this could be bad,” Dr Messonnier said.
CDC officials are worried because of the spread in more than 2 dozen countries, even though the rates of new infections have plunged in China.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT GLOBAL STATE OF CORONAVIRUS?
According to the WHO, the spread of the virus has slowed in China. The number of new cases has dropped from 2,000 a day to 508 a day in a month.
In the USA, there are 57 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Out of these, 40 cases are connected to the Diamond Princess. It is a cruise ship that has been docked in Japan since one of the passengers tested positive for a virus. However, in 2 weeks of quarantine, the number of confirmed cases on the ship went from 10 to nearly 700. It is currently the largest cluster of the virus outside of China.
There are nearly 5 cases of the virus in Germany, along with 2 in Lebanon, and one in Brazil.
South Korea currently has the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world, at 893. 49 of the 60 newly confirmed cases are in Daegu. It is the city in the centre of SK’s outbreak.
So far, this deadly virus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries.
It is also responsible for causing more than 2,600 deaths globally.