Coronavirus Update: Coronavirus Now a Pandemic, WHO Says; Two-Thirds of Germans Could Become Infected, Says Merkel

By Anna Breuer on 11 March 2020
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The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that there have been 118,162 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and that the death toll worldwide is 4,290.

The new coronavirus is now active in 113 countries, areas, and territories.

The number of cases in the United States passed 1,000 Tuesday night.  People in 37 states as well as in the District of Columbia have tested positive for Covid-19. There have been at least 31 deaths attributed to the virus.

In start contrast to the beginning of the month, when only Italy had reported a major outbreak, Britain, France, Germany and Spain now have well over 1,000 cases each.  There are over 10,000 cases in Italy at this time.


03-11 The World Health Organization declared that the novel coronavirus is a officially a pandemic. “This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

03-11 GermanChancellor Angela Merkel said that the spread of the virus needs to be slowed down, warning, along with Health Minister Jens Spahn und the president of the Robert-Koch-Institut, Lothar Wieler, that “up to 70% [of the population] could become infected.”

03-11 As a response to the spread of the coronavirus in Germany, all large cultural performances in large cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and elsewhere, including football matches, have either been canceled or will take place without spectators.

03-10 Apple said it was ok for iPhone and iPad users to clean their devices with a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to remove germs from the display. Prior to the announcement, the company had advised against chemicals that have the potential to damage the oleophobic coating on the display.

03-10 Supermarkets in many parts of the United States are being forced to ration staples and are trying to restock faster to keep up with demand caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus.

03-09 The U.S. Travel Association issued a statement on behalf of 150 organizations including airlines industry groups, hotel associations, and tourism boards advising that healthy travelers “can confidently travel in this country.” Calling for making “calm, rational, and fact-based decisions,” the group said the organizations have been working with officials in government and the allied health professions to ensure the health and safety of visitors.


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