Deaths due to the novel Covid-19 coronavirus have exceeded 2,600, including 2,592 deaths in mainland China, as of the end of 23 February.
The number of confirmed infections surged to more than 79,000, with the cases in mainland China crossing 77,100. In other countries, the cases reached at least 1,300.
Across China, the total number of new coronavirus cases has progressively decreased. Furthermore, daily recoveries have surpassed new confirmed infections since 18 February.
The total number of recoveries rose to more than 24,900 globally.
However, the new coronavirus has led to a surge of infections in some other parts of the world. South Korea and Italy are among the hard-hit regions.
South Korea reports new Covid-19 cases and more deaths
South Korea has announced 161 new positive cases of coronavirus, bringing its total to 763, as of early 24 February. With two additional deaths, the toll increased to seven.
Majority of the new cases are in Daegu city and linked to the Shincheonji church cluster. The two new casualties were patients associated with the Cheongdo Daenam Hospital cluster.
The government raised infectious disease alert to the highest. Asiana Airlines and Korean Air suspended flights to the Daegu city until 9 March and 28 March, respectively.
Covid-19 cases in Italy increase to 150
Italy has now become the most affected country in Europe with more than 150 Covid-19 cases. The country also reported the third death from the new virus.
Coronavirus ‘hotspot’ towns have been sealed to control the spread. The country also halted public gatherings, including suspension of the Venice carnival.
Furthermore, Austria temporarily stopped train services from Italy as two passengers displayed symptoms of fever. The train was carrying 300 passengers from Venice, Italy to Munich, Germany.
The train service was resumed approximately four hours later after the two passengers tested negative for the coronavirus Covid-19.
Iran’s neighbours close borders over coronavirus fears
Iran was the first to report deaths in the Middle East region. The country has recorded eight deaths and 43 cases as of the end of 23 February.
Over coronavirus fears, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan imposed travel and immigration restrictions, while Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Armenia closed their borders with Iran.
With three confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (n-COV) in India, the focus remains on treatment as well as prevention of the deadly virus that is said to have its origin from a seafood market in China’s Wuhan.
Anti-viral foods to build immunity and keep diseases away
there is an immediate need to take precautions, where the key is to focus on building one’s immunity as well as overall health.
Highlighting how it is important to not just follow basic hygiene guidelines, but also take steps to boost immunity.
what should be done to prevent diseases like n-COV.
“Learn how you can use your body’s natural defence mechanism, ‘immunity’, to prevent the deadly coronavirus infection,”
“Since it is a virus which has never mutated in human beings before, there is no current solution to it. Prevention is the best way. How we keep our immune system strong will not just help us with Coronavirus but everyday bugs that exist all around us as well as pollution, contamination in food.”
Symptoms of Coronavirus:
A runny nose accompanied by fever, cough, headaches, sore throat, breathing issues, inflammation in the lungs, but not to be confused with pneumonia. This virus has an incubation period of 14 days. So if you have any of these symptoms persisting for more than six-seven days, consult a medical practitioner. The faster you boost your immunity, the better it is.
What can we do to boost our immunity?
While Coutinho suggested basic hygiene practices like washing hands as a necessity, he also said it’s important to include anti-viral foods in one’s diet.
*Washing hands: The good old soap and water is the best. If you are travelling, use an essential oil-based sanitiser that just takes away the dirt leaving the microbes in place.
*Keep your hands and fingers away from your mouth, eyes and nose.
*Avoid crowded places.
*Avoid consumption of raw foods including raw meat, raw egg, raw vegetables.
*Wear a mask wherever you can.
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