March 4

119 new cases, 38 new deaths (37 in Hubei) and 2,652 new discharges occurred in China on March 3, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.

142 new cases in South Korea

3 new cases in Canada (British Columbia)

March 3

Bruce Aylward, World Health Organization Joint Mission to China:

“I think the key learning from China is speed — it’s all about the speed. The faster you can find the cases, isolate the cases, and track their close contacts, the more successful you’re going to be.

People keep saying [the cases are the] tip of the iceberg. But we couldn’t find that. We found there’s a lot of people who are cases, a lot of close contacts — but not a lot of asymptomatic circulation of this virus in the bigger population. And that’s different from flu.

China got patients in treatment early and have highly sophisticated health care treatment procedures. They are really good at keeping people alive with this disease. They have a survival rate (with a mortality rate of just under 1% outside of Hubei province) for this disease I would not extrapolate to the rest of the world. What you’ve seen in Italy and Iran is that a lot of people are dying.

Panic and hysteria are not appropriate. This is a disease that is in the cases and their close contacts. It’s not a hidden enemy lurking behind bushes. Get organized, get educated, and get working.”

1 new case in New Zealand: The woman arrived in Auckland from Singapore on Feb. 25 with Air New Zealand flight NZ0283 on her return from Italy.

3 new cases in Canada, bringing the total to 30 in the country: 20 in Ontario; 9 in British Columbia and 1 in Quebec.

1 in British Columbia: a man in his 50s who also recently returned from Iran

2 in Ontario: a woman in her 70s with travel history to Egypt and a man in his 50s who returned from Iran

The United States CDC reported a total of 122 cases on March 3: 74 domestic and 48 repatriated (45 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, and 3 from Wuhan, China).

1 new case in Ireland “a female in the east of the country and is associated with travel from northern Italy.” Dr Tony Holohan, Ireland’s chief medical officer told Reuters.

1st case in Chile

1st case in North Carolina, United States.   Authorities said the case is linked to the Life Care Center in Kirkland, northeast of Seattle, where 5 residents (among the about 200 people living or working there), got infected and later died of the virus.

6 new cases in the United Arab Emirates.    Schools closed for 4 weeks    Concerts, sports events cancelled to reduce the spread of coronavirus

Kenya suspends flights from Milan and Verona, Italy.

3 new cases in Algeria

1 new case in Senegal

6 new cases in Denmark including:

2 who had been on holiday in Northern Italy and both returned to Denmark on Saturday, Feb. 29

2 new cases in Portugal: one in Lisbon and another one in Porto

1 new case in Estonia

6 new cases in Sweden, all in Stockholm

3 new deaths in the United States: for a total of 9 deaths, all in Washington State

USA: a total of 108 cases and 6 deaths have been officially confirmed in 12 states of the United States:   60 domestic cases (of which 22 travel-related, 11 person-to-person spread , and 27 under investigation),  48 among persons repatriated (45 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, and 3 from Wuhan, China)

45 new cases and 1 new death (first in the country) in Spain

1st case in Argentina

5 new cases in Iraq

466 new cases and 27 new deaths in Italy, for a total of 2,502 cases and 79 deaths to date.

Among the 2,263 active cases, 1,034 (46%) are hospitalized, 229 of which (representing 10% of active cases) are in intensive care.

Among the 239 closed cases, 160 (67%) have recovered, 79 (33%) have died.

1st case in Liechtenstein: a young man who had contacts with an infected person in Switzerland.

1st case in Sweden has recovered: a 20 year-old woman who had tested positive to the virus on Jan. 31 after returning home from Wuhan in China on Jan. 24.

6 new cases in Austria

851 new cases and 4 new deaths in South Korea

21 new cases and 1 new death in France

2 new cases in Oman: all related to travel to Iran, four are Iranian nationals and two are Bahraini citizens

2 new cases in Iceland, and 1 new recovery (the first confirmed case in the country). The two new cases had boarded flights from Verona in Italy on Saturday and had stayed in ski areas in northern Italy.

12 new cases in the UK.    The government is working on the basis that it will take 2 – 3 months after the first sustained human to human transmission for the outbreak to peak. That potentially key point on time frames was spelled out by Britain’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance. After that, it would take another 2 – 3 months for it to taper off.

1st case in Gibraltar. a person who had recently returned from Northern Italy. “Recovery is proceeding well”    Public Health England previously reported the number of cases for March 2 as 40, however this dropped to 39 after a patient diagnosed over the weekend had a confirmatory test come back negative.

2 new cases in Singapore

China: Travelers from the virus hotspots of South Korea, Japan, Iran, and Italy arriving in the capital will have to be isolated and placed in a 14-day quarantine, a Beijing official said. Shanghai and Guangdong announced similar restrictions earlier.    Out of the 11 new cases confirmed in China outside of Hubei yesterday, 7 where Chinese citizens returning from Italy. They worked at a restaurant in Bergamo and were close contacts with a previous case

1 new case in Romania:  a man from Timisoara, who came in contact with an already diagnosed patient, who recently returned from Italy

1 new cases in Croatia

2 new cases in San Marino

5 new cases in the Netherlands (an additional one previously reported was later retracted)

5 new cases in Belgium

8 new cases in Norway

31 new cases in Germany

9 new cases in Sweden: 4 in  Stockholm County, 3 in Gothenburg County, 1 in Skane County, and 1 in Jonkoping County. All cases are linked to travel in Northern Italy.

1st case in Ukraine: a man who traveled from Italy, now hospitalized since Saturday, Feb. 29 n the western city of Chernivtsi.

835 new cases, 11 new deaths, and 144 new recoveries in Iran

1 new case in the Czech Republic: a classmate of an infected American woman in Prague. She had tested negative the first time. The first Czech fell ill after returning from an Italian university.

28 new cases in Switzerland.

6 new cases in Australia, of which at least 4 in New South Wales

(2 new cases in Portugal,  a 24-year-old doctor and a doctor from Vila Real, have not been confirmed)

1 new case in Qatar:  a Qatari citizen who was evacuated from Iran by Qatar on a private plane on Feb. 27.

1 new case and 1 new discharge in Hong Kong

7 new cases in Malaysia

1 new case in Taiwan

1 new case in Pakistan

19 new cases in Japan

8 new cases in the United States including: 1 in New York, 2 in Georgia: an individual who was in Milan, Italy and a close contact in the household.  1 in Massachusetts: a woman in her 20s who lives in Norfolk County and recently traveled to Italy with a school group. She is recovering at home.

1 new case in Ecuador

1 new case in Australia (Queensland)

125 new cases, 31 new deaths (all in Hubei) and 2,742 new discharges occurred in China on March 2, as reported by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China.