China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates
People wear masks after deaths and new confirmed cases revealed from the coronavirus in Tehran, Iran on February 21, 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/ Anadolu]
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the window of opportunity to stem the deadly coronavirus pidemic was “narrowing” amid concern over a surge in cases with no clear link to China, including in a range of countries in the Middle East.
Lebanon and Israel confirmed their first cases on Friday, while Iran’s health ministry reported two more deaths among 13 new cases of the infection, known as COVID-19. That brings the toll in Iran to four and the number of infections to 18.
Italy meanwhile reported its first death from the coronavirus as authorities moved to close schools, bars and other public spaces in 10 northern towns.
In mainland China, the death toll stood at 2,236 while the number of infections reached 75,465.
Here are the latest updates:
Saturday, February 22
First Italian patient dies of coronavirus
A patient in the northern city of Padua has died after being infected with the coronavirus, becoming the first Italian victim of the disease, Ansa news agency reported.
The dead man was aged 78, it said.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies