Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera 14 Feb 2020

Nearly 65,000 people are infected worldwide with coronavirus


The number of coronavirus infection cases has reached nearly 64,000 in China.
Almost all of the cases are in China's Hubei province.
It has also seen more than 95 percent of the 1,380 deaths so far.
Nearly 500 cases have been confirmed in 24 other countries.
The Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan have each reported one death from the virus.
Victor Gao, the vice president at the Center for China and Globalization, discusses the outcome with Al Jazeera.

All passengers and crewmembers aboard a cruise ship stuck off the coast of California will be tested after 21 people on board already tested positive for the virus.
Across the globe, people have found creative and cheerful ways to cope through the covid-19 outbreak.
Mr Gove says that the best analysis shows the rate of infection in the UK has been doubling every three to four days.

"These figures are a powerful reminder of the need for all of us to act," he says. "Strict social distancing measures have been put in place to restrict the spread of Covid-19."

The head of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, tells the briefing there are currently 6,200 patients with coronavirus in hospital.

He says the NHS is "pulling out all the stops" to ensure they and those who will be hospitalised in future get the treatment they deserve.

An extra 33,000 beds are being created for coronavirus patients as part of an "extraordinary effort" to reconfigure the health service, he adds.

He confirms that there will be two new major Nightingale hospitals built on the sites of Birmingham's NEC and the Manchester conference centre.
Large sporting venues have been transformed into makeshift triage zones in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients.

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