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COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

On April 28, Nigerian health officials declared the emergency phase of the 2020 Lassa fever outbreak over after reporting the largest Lassa fever outbreak ever reported in any country, ‘anywhere in the world’.

The Lassa fever cases do continue and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported nine additional cases during the most recent reported week, bringing the total confirmed case count to 1,000 through May 10.

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COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covid-19 cases:

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials reported five additional confirmed Lassa fever cases the week ending May 3, including two deaths a week after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) declared the emergency phase of the 2020 Lassa fever outbreak over. Lassa fever cases have dropped dramatically from the weekly high of 115 cases in mid-February.

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COVID-19

The countries with the 10 greatest number of Covod-19 cases:

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 10 additional confirmed Lassa fever cases the week ending April 12, bringing the country total to 973 since the beginning of the year. It’s the largest Lassa fever outbreak ever reported in any country anywhere in the world.

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COVID-19

Globally, the death toll from the virus has risen to almost 10,000 with more than 232,000 cases in 158 countries and territories.

The number of infections in Italy has also risen to more than 41,000, while cases in Germany, Iran and Spain rose to more than 15,000 each. Cases in the US also surged past 13,000, while the number of deaths hit 200, forcing the state of California to order a state-wide lockdown.

Germany – Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said the number of cases of COVID-19 rose by 2,958 overnight to 13,957. The number of fatalities rose by 11 to a total of 31 so far.

Spain – Spain’s Ministry of Health continue to report large numbers of COVID-19 cases. The latest numbers put the country at nearly 18,000 total cases and more than 800 fatalities.

Iran – As of Thursday, the official number of infections in Iran has reached more than 18,000 with 1,284 deaths.

South Jorea – South Korea has reported 87 new cases of the novel coronavirus and three more deaths, bringing its totals to 8,652 cases and 94 deaths.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigerian CDC reported an additional 51 confirmed Lassa fever cases during the week ending March 15, bringing the total for the first 11 weeks of 2020 to 906.

Ebola – DR Congo

There have been no new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) reported in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 17 February 2020. However, because there is still a risk of re-emergence of EVD, it is critical to maintain surveillance and response operations until and after the end of outbreak declaration.

Coronavirus – Natural Pathogen

A new study finds that the coronavirus responsible for the current worldwide health crisis is a product of natural evolution and was not created in a lab as some rumors have claimed.

The evidence for natural evolution came from comparing the genome sequences of previously known coronavirus strains with that causing COVID-19.

If a new coronavirus had been engineered as a pathogen, it would have been constructed from the backbone of a virus known to cause illness, according to lead researcher Kristian Andersen of Scripps Research.

But writing in the journal Nature Medicine, Andersen and his team say they instead found that the backbone of the virus responsible for COVID-19 differs substantially from previously known coronaviruses, and mostly resembles viruses already found in bats and pangolins.

Coronaviruses can cause illnesses ranging widely in severity. The first known severe illness caused by a coronavirus emerged during the 2003 SARS epidemic in China. A second outbreak of severe illness began during 2012 in Saudi Arabia with a disease known as MERS.

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COVID-19

Spain and France have announced sweeping new restrictions on daily life in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreaks in their countries, as the Philippines seals off Manila in the most aggressive response to the pandemic yet seen in Southeast Asia, and Australia orders all arrivals from overseas to go into quarantine for 14 days.

The Vatican said its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers.

Spain – Two weeks ago the country reported 32 cases. Today, Spanish health officials put the outbreak total at 5,753 cases, an increase of some 1,500 cases in 24 hours. The death toll is now at 136.

Italy – The Italian Health Ministry reported an additional 3,497 coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total to 21,157. In addition, 175 new deaths have been recorded. Italy is now reporting a total of 1,441 fatalities.

Iran – Iran’s death toll from the new coronavirus has reached 724, with 113 new deaths in the past 24 hours, an Iranian health official said, adding that about 13,938 people have been infected across the country.

Malaysia – Malaysia reported 190 new cases of coronavirus, most linked to a religious event at a mosque that was attended by more than 10,000 people from several countries. The new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 428.

El Salvador – El Salvador has not reported a single confirmed case of coronavirus, but congress there has declared a state of emergency and approved a partial suspension of the country’s constitution to tackle any outbreak.

Japan – Japan’s Health Ministry has announced 64 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 780. The death toll stands at 29.

South Korea – South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its morning update on the country’s coronavirus outbreak, down from 107 on Saturday. The country now has 8,162 confirmed cases of the virus, with 75 deaths.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

Nigeria health officials reported an additional 81 confirmed Lassa fever cases the week of Mar. 2-8, bringing the country total to 855 since the beginning of the year. This total is nearly double the 472 confirmed cases reported during the same period last year.

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COVID-19

More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, with at least 3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran.

At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday added that 124 people have died.

China – China reported 143 new cases Friday with 30 deaths.

South Korea – South Korean health authorities reported 518 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, bringing to 6,284 the total number of infections nationwide, according to Yonhap news agency. 42 people, mostly elderly with underlying illnesses, have died.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 85 additional confirmed Lassa fever cases during the past week, bringing the total for 2020 to date to 775. Eleven additional deaths were reported among confirmed cases. The death toll from Lassa fever over the first nine weeks of the year now stands at 132.

Ebola – DR Congo

No new cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported since 17 February, and on 3 March, the only person confirmed to have EVD in the last 21 days (Figure 1) was discharged from an Ebola Treatment Centre after recovering and testing negative twice for the virus. This is an important milestone in the outbreak.

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COVID-19

The coronavirus is spreading more quickly in Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world than in China where the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan at the end of last year. The number of new infections inside China was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy, Iran and South Korea emerging as new hotspots for COVID-19.

The disease was also detected for the first time in Estonia, Denmark, Georgia, Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria.

China – Mainland China reported 433 new cases of coronavirus infections on February 26. The total number of confirmed cases on mainland China has now reached 78,497, the health authority said. The number of new deaths stood at 29, the lowest daily rate since January 28, and down from 52 the previous day. A total of 2,744 people have now died as a result of the outbreak.

South Korea – South Korea reported hundreds of additional cases of the new coronavirus, raising the total tally to 1,766, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials reported an additional 102 confirmed Lassa fever cases, bringing the total to 689 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year through Feb. 23. This is a slight decrease in cases from the prior week.

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Novel Coronavirus

Vietnam – Villages in Vietnam with 10,000 people close to the nation’s capital were placed under quarantine on Thursday after six cases of the deadly new coronavirus were discovered there, authorities said. The locking down of the commune of Son Loi, about 40 kilometres from Hanoi, is the first mass quarantine outside of China since the virus emerged from a central Chinese city late last year.

Japan – Japan has announced its first death from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, taking the global total to 1,710.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

Nigerian National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Thursday reported that the death toll from an outbreak of Lassa fever has risen to 70, and 472 confirmed cases have also shot up.

Ebola – DR Congo

This week, the case incidence continued to be low in the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Figure 1). From 5 to 11 February, three new confirmed cases were reported in Beni Health Zone, North Kivu Province.

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Novel Coronavirus – China

The death toll and number of people infected by the Wuhan coronavirus continues to grow, with no signs of slowing despite severe quarantine and population control methods put in place in central China.

The number of confirmed cases globally stood at 28,256 as of Thursday morning, with more than 28,000 of those in China. The number of cases in China grew by 3,694, or 15%, on the previous day. There have been 563 deaths so far, all but two of which were in China, with one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong.

Lassa fever – Nigeria

In a follow-up on the Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported an additional 104 confirmed cases the week ending February 2, bringing the outbreak total for 2020 to 365 confirmed cases. Of this total, six additional fatalities were reported. 

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Novel Coronavirus – China

The spread of the Wuhan coronavirus shows no signs of slowing, as China reported another major spike in both confirmed cases and deaths in the region at the heart of the epidemic.

The total number of confirmed cases in China stands at 20,438 as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 3,235 on the previous day — an over 18% jump. The death toll is now at 425 in China, an increase of around 65 from Sunday.

Outside of China, the prevalence of the virus remains far lower, but more than 185 cases have been reported in over two dozen countries and territories. Two people have died outside mainland China since the outbreak began. One in the Philippines, and another in the semi-autonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong.

Lassa fever – Liberia

The Liberia Ministry of Health reports an increase in Lassa fever cases since the beginning of the year. In just the week ending Jan. 26, the country saw 10 confirmed cases. Since the beginning of 2020, the West African country reported a cumulative total of 55 cases.

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Lassa fever – Nigeria

The Lassa fever case count and death toll continues to rise in Nigeria this January. The Nigerian CDC reported an additional 81 confirmed Lassa cases during the week ending Jan. 19, bringing the case tally for 2020 to 163 to date. In addition, 10 more deaths were reported that week.

Novel Coronavirus

Vietnam – Health officials in Vietnam are reporting (computer translated) two positive 2019-NoCv cases.

Singapore – The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) reported today the confirmation of a imported case of novel coronavirus infection in the city-state.

Ebola – DR Congo

Nine new confirmed cases were reported from 15 to 21 January in the ongoing Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Lassa fever – Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone health officials, supported by WHO, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, are responding to an outbreak of Lassa fever.

On 20 November 2019, WHO was informed by The Netherlands’ International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point of one imported case of Lassa fever from Sierra Leone. The patient was a male doctor, a Dutch national who worked in a rural Masanga hospital in Tonkolili district, Northern province in Sierra Leone.

On 22 November 2019, WHO was informed of a second laboratory confirmed case of Lassa fever in another Dutch health care worker, who also worked in the Masanga hospital.

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Plague – China

The Inner Mongolia Health Authority of Mainland China announced a confirmed case of bubonic plague Wednesday. This is the fifth case of plague to be reported by China and the fourth this month.

Lassa Fever – Netherlands

On 20 November 2019, WHO was informed by The Netherlands’ International Health Regulations (IHR) National Focal Point of one imported case of Lassa fever from Sierra Leone. The patient was a male doctor, a Dutch national who worked in a rural Masanga hospital in Tonkolili district, Northern province in Sierra Leone.

Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 – Pakistan

Through national disease surveillance, an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2) has been confirmed in Pakistan in 2019. Between 7 July and 3 November 2019, 11 children have been paralysed from cVDPV2 in Pakistan.

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Plague – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the plague cluster reported in Ituri Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), health officials have reported seven additional cases. Through November 3, 38 cases of bubonic plague including eight deaths have been reported.

Lassa Fever – Sierra Leone

This week, the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone formally notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of the Lassa fever outbreak in the country. To date, the Lassa fever cluster has accounted for eight cases, including three deaths.

Measles – DR Congo

In a follow-up on the measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), health officials have now reported 250,270 total cases through November 3. In addition, the measles death toll has risen to 5,110 in 2019. During the most recent week, officials saw an additional 7,559 measles cases including 172 deaths.

Measles – Tonga

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Tonga, health authorities are reporting 310 confirmed or suspected measles cases through November 19.

Dengue Fever – Vietnam

Through October 11, the General Department of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health, Vietnam has reported 241,863 cases, including 43 deaths since the beginning of the year.

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Rubber Tree Fugal Disease – Thailand

A key rubber tree-growing area in Thailand has been hit by an outbreak of a fungal disease, which could halve the area’s output. Thailand is the world’s top producer and exporter of the natural rubber, accounting for up to 40% of global rubber supply.

The disease, called Pestalotiopsis, has spread into Thailand after hitting plantations in neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia. The three countries account for around 70% of the world’s natural rubber production.

The Rubber Authority of Thailand said the disease, which causes leaves to turn yellow and spotted as it spreads, was recently found in three districts in Narathiwat, a key rubber growing province in southern Thailand.

Measles – Lebanon

Lebanon health officials are reporting a measles outbreak in the country. Since November 2018, a total of 1,171 cases have been reported and no deaths. Measles cases have been reported in all eight Lebanese governorates.

Lassa Fever – Nigeria

Nigerian health officials reported five additional confirmed Lassa fever cases in the week ending Oct. 13. No deaths were reported. This brings the outbreak total for 2019 to 726 confirmed cases, including 154 deaths (21% CFR).