The Coronavirus – Report 2
London, 25 February 2020
In his press briefing of 24 February 2020, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed that China had reported a total of 77,362 cases of the new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV, also increasingly called COVID-19). This includes 2618 deaths.
In the previous 24 hours, China had reported 416 new confirmed cases, and 150 deaths. Outside China, there were 2074 cases in 28 countries, and there had been 23 deaths.
To date, there has been no significant change in the DNA of the virus. The fatality rate is between 2% and 4% in Wuhan, and 0.7% outside Wuhan. For people with mild disease, recovery time is about two weeks; people with severe or critical disease recover within three to six weeks.
It is understood that the measures taken in China have averted a significant number of cases but the sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are a concern.
The WHO are keen to stress that the outbreak is containable and should not be described as a pandemic.
Download: WHO Report 24 Feb 2020
Revealed Travel will continue to monitor the outbreak and to provide updates but believes some perspective is also necessary. Two statistics will suffice:
- Every year in the UK more than 1,700 people are killed on the roads (and more than 20,000 are injured).
- Seasonal ‘flu kills more than 11,000 people in the UK each winter.
There are no reported cases of coronavirus in Latin America.
In South-East Asia the incidence remains low: