SUMMARY

The COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and abroad with confirmed cases exceeding 234,000 globally.

 

In China: 81,416 confirmed cases; 3,261 deaths (including four in Hong Kong and two in Taiwan); 71,876 recovered.

For the last three days, central China’s Hubei Province has reported no new COVID-19 cases.

Outside China: Over 164,000 confirmed cases; over 8,000 deaths.

European Union has closed its borders for 30 days.

The U.S. has confirmed over 18,500 cases, with over 220 deaths; New York, California, Illinois and Connecticut announced stay-at-home order over rapid virus spread.

Italy on Friday saw the biggest day-to-day rise in deaths with 627 new deaths reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 4,032,

The lockdown will be extended.

State leaders and senior officials on alert: Prince Albert II of Monaco tested positive for COVID-19; EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, announced he has tested positive for the virus; Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is under self-quarantine.

And yet the following report shows what we have always known