The respiratory infection, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO), is closely related to SARS and MERS. The majority of cases are no longer in China, and the disease has been diagnosed in more than 100 other countries, including the United States.
For the first time since the new Coronavirus outbreak began in December, China — once the epicenter of what would become a global pandemic — reported no new domestic cases Thursday. The National Health Commission, however reported 34 new cases, all of which were imported from outside China. It’s been 81 days since the first case was announced in Wuhan, China. There have been more than 81,000 cases in China and more than 3,200 deaths there.
Italian officials reported 793 additional deaths on Saturday, (March 20) the largest single-day increase so far in that country, the New York Times reported. More than half of its cases and death have come in the past week. Over the past few days, Italy moved ahead of China as the country with the most deaths. The country has more than 53,000 cases and more than 4,800 deaths.
In a White House briefing Saturday, (March 20) President Trump and other officials said that testing for COVID-19 had expanded. At the same time, they said they did not know yet how much of an effect social distancing efforts are having on its spread.
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