Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storms.

NewsBytes:

UK – Rainfall data from the Met Office has shown that last month was the wettest February since records began. An average of 202.1mm rainfall fell, surpassing records for February 1990, when 193.4mm fell. Storm Jorge is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the UK, causing yet more disruption to flood-hit areas. Dozens of flood warnings are still in place across England, Wales and Scotland, meaning immediate action is required.

Environment

China Pollution Declines

Pollution levels over China have declined significantly, US space Agency NASA says, partly due to the economic slowdown following the coronavirus outbreak. Satellite images shared by NASA show falling levels of nitrogen dioxide. The gas is emitted by motor vehicles, power plants and industrial facilities.

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Disease

COVID-19

China – Mainland China reported 573 new confirmed coronavirus cases on February 29, up from 427 on the previous day, the country’s health authority said on Sunday. The number of deaths stood at 35, down from 47 on the previous day, bringing the total death toll in mainland China to 2,870.

South Korea – In South Korea, authorities have reported 210 new cases on Sunday afternoon. Earlier on Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 376 cases and one death linked to the virus. The country’s total infection stands at 3,736.

USA – The Washington State Department of Health has reported the first death due to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.