World US coronavirus cases surpass 5,000, up fivefold from a week ago
Third COVID-19-related death in Australia after man in his 80's dies in Sydney hospital
NSW Health confirms a man in his 80s died in a Sydney hospital after contracting COVID-19, which brings the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Australia to three.The health department confirmed the 82-year-old man was from the same aged care facility in Sydney's north where another resident, a 95-year-old woman, died on Tuesday night.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 5,000 in the United States on Tuesday, increasing fivefold over seven days as states ramp up testing and the new flu-like coronavirus sweeps across the country.
Across the country, the virus has infected more than 5,145 and killed at least 91 people as of noon Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, the virus has infected more than 189,386 people and killed at least 7,504, according to Hopkins. The number of cases changes by the minute as test results roll in and countries and U.S. states expand their testing capacity.
World Health Organisation declares COVID-19 a 'pandemic'
The World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declares the coronavirus a global pandemic as the number of cases tops 118,000 in 114 countries.WHO's Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the number of cases outside of China had increased 13-fold in the past two weeks, but added "all countries can change the course of this pandemic".
U.S. officials confirmed the virus had infected. Due to restraints on U.S. testing capacity and nationwide screening for the virus, state and local officials have acknowledged that the true number of cases in the country is likely much higher.
New York's "numbers are spiking because our testing capacity is going up," Cuomo said last week.
Six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Vic, another three in SA
Another six cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Victoria, bringing the state's total to 27. Authorities said one man who tested positive for the virus was in the crowd at the T-20 Cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Meanwhile, in Victoria, six new cases have brought the state’s total to 27.
Almost half of all confirmed U.S. cases are concentrated in three states: Washington, California and New York.
The virus has now been reported in every state except for West Virginia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The West Virginia department of health says it has tested 84 people for the virus, though that does not include tests run by commercial labs and some hospitals that are increasingly equipped to screen for the virus.
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Ruby Princess passenger dies after coronavirus diagnosis .
A female passenger aboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship has died with COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to eight. The woman in her 70s was transported directly to hospital from the Ruby Princess which docked in Sydney on March 19. She passed away in RPA Hospital on Tuesday morning. "This patient was one of the initial three passengers who were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive following testing of retained specimens from on-board the Ruby Princess," NSW Health said.She is the seventh person in NSW and the eighth person nationally to die with coronavirus.