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A high-profile infectious disease researcher warns COVID-19 is in the early stages of attacking the world, which makes it difficult to relax stay-at-home orders without putting most Americans at risk.
Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said the initial wave of outbreaks in cities such as New York City, where one in five people have been infected, represent a fraction of the illness and death yet to come.
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"This damn virus is going to keep going until it infects everybody it possibly can," Osterholm said Monday during a meeting with the USA TODAY Editorial Board. "It surely won’t slow down until it hits 60 to 70%" of the population, the number that would create herd immunity and halt the spread of the virus.
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Even if new cases begin to fade this summer, it might be an indicator that the new coronavirus is following a seasonal pattern similar to the flu.
During the 1918 flu pandemic that sickened one-third of the world's population, New York City and Chicago were hit hard in the first wave of illness that largely bypassed other cities such as Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. The second wave of illness was much more severe nationwide.
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If COVID-19 retreats only to return in the fall, the number of cases could peak and overwhelm hospitals that must deal with cases of flu and respiratory viruses. Furthermore, Asian nations such as South Korea and Singapore, lauded for strict controls and rapid testing to avoid damage during the first wave, might be vulnerable to a second wave of infections, he said.
"It’s the big peak that’s really going to do us in," he said. "As much pain, suffering, death and economic disruption we’ve had, there’s been 5 to 20% of the people infected, ... That’s a long ways to get to 60 to 70%."
Still, there are key differences between COVID-19 and the flu. The average incubation period for the new virus is five days, compared with just two days for the flu, according to a Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy report comparing the pandemics.
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The longer incubation period and a higher transmission rate suggest the COVID-19 virus spreads more easily than the flu.
There were nearly 80,000 deaths and more than 1.3 million confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. at noon Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data tracker. New York state has been hit the hardest with more than 26,000 deaths, and preliminary antibody testing suggests about 20% of New York City-area residents have been infected.
Worldwide, more than 283,000 people have died and 4.1 million have been infected.
Osterholm said only an effective vaccine can slow the virus before a large enough segment of the population becomes infected and develops some level of immunity. Even if a vaccine works, Osterholm said, it's unknown whether it would be durable enough to confer long-lasting protection from SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Most states are easing stay-at-home orders though patchwork measures that vary from one to the next. Georgia began opening in late April amid national criticism, allowing tattoo parlors, bowling alleys and hair and nail salons to reopen with restrictions. California has taken a slower, phased approach, allowing some retailers and manufacturers considered low-risk to resume operations.
Governors worry about the economic harm social distancing measures have caused with shuttered businesses and the growing ranks of jobless Americans. Unemployment has reached 15% nationwide, and a Trump administration economic adviser warned unemployment could soon reach 20%.
Osterholm acknowledges that the nation "can't lock down for 18 months" and said political and business leaders need to find a way to resume activities while adapting to a virus that won't soon disappear. He doesn't believe there has been enough of a frank assessment on the economic harm the virus will cause over coming months and its disruption to international supply chains.
"We all have to confront the fact there’s not a magic bullet, short of a vaccine, that’s going to make this go away," he said. "We’re going to be living with it. And we’re not having that discussion at all."
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As many as 25 percent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns — a startlingly high number that complicates efforts to predict the pandemic’s course and strategies to mitigate its spread. In particular, the high level of symptom-free cases is leading the C.D.C. to consider broadening its guidelines on who should wear masks. “This helps explain howIn particular, the high level of symptom-free cases is leading the C.D.C. to consider broadening its guidelines on who should wear masks.
Antoinette van Zalinge, principal of the public elementary school De Notenkraker, who dressed up to show the need of social distancing, welcomes pupils in Amsterdam, May 11, 2020, as primary schools, barber shops and libraries reopened after a partial lockdown because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A woman wearing a face mask takes a selfie while visiting the Disneyland amusement park in Shanghai on May 11, 2020. Disneyland Shanghai reopened on May 11 to the public after being closed since January due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Visits will be limited initially and must be booked in advance, and the company said it will increase cleaning and require social distancing in lines for the various attractions.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing protective gear and observing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, study the Talmud and rabbinic literature at an improvised outdoors Kollel (gathering place for religious studies) at a park in their Ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, on May 11, 2020.
Spanish priest Antonio Gomez wearing a face mask and an acrylic shield gives the holy communion to worshippers at the San Miguel Basilica in Palma de Mallorca on May 11, 2020 as Spain moved towards easing its strict lockdown in certain regions. One of the worst-hit countries, Spain plans a phased transition through the end of June, with around half of the 47 million population being allowed out to socialize to a limited degree from Monday and restaurants offering some outdoor service.
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Seats display social distancing signs at Victoria Station, London, May 11, 2020, as the country continues in lockdown to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Members of a coronavirus testing station stand on the factory premises of the Westfleisch meat processing company in Hamm, western Germany, on May 10, 2020, as all workers of the company have to be tested on the novel coronavirus after a spike in cases at their slaughterhouse.
A woman weaing a face mask exercices in Madrid on May 9, 2020, during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Spain's two biggest cities Madrid and Barcelona will not enter the next phase out of coronavirus lockdown along with many other regions next week, the government said.
Police personnel distribute grocery items to people in need after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus,in Amritsar on May 9, 2020.
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An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man wears a protective face mask as he shops at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, on May 8, 2020. Markets and shopping malls have reopened across Israel after temporarily being closed for more than a month in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.
A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant at the Lahore railway station during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on May 7, 2020.
An Indian woman checks in at the Dubai International Airport before leaving the Gulf Emirate on a flight back to her country, on May 7, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. The first wave of a massive exercise to bring home hundreds of thousands of Indians stuck abroad was under way today, with two flights preparing to leave from the United Arab Emirates.
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A man sits next to a mural of a man wearing a face mask in Acapulco, Mexico, on May 6, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic.
Buddhist monks wearing facemasks take their places for prayers inside the Wat Bowonniwetwiharn temple as Thais are encouraged not to gather inside places of worship, in an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, on Visaka Bucha Day in Bangkok on May 6, 2020.
An Indian health worker checks the temperature of a child who had been stranded for weeks due to the lockdown to curb the spread of new coronavirus before allowing her to board a bus, in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. India partly relaxed its lockdown this week.
Medical staff claps and waves from the balcony of the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Skopje on May 5, 2020, in support for the invaluable work that nurses and midwives do to ensure clean care for patients, mothers and babies, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditional Thai dancers wearing protective face shields perform at the Erawan Shrine, which was reopened after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 4, 2020. Thailand began easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 3 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be reimposed should cases increase again.
A woman holds a yoga posture as she exercises by the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 4, 2020, as Italy starts to ease its lockdown, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Stir-crazy Italians will be free to stroll and visit relatives for the first time in nine weeks on May 4, 2020 as Europe's hardest-hit country eases back the world's longest nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
An employee works to set up a medical facility to accomodate COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms at the Nippon Foundation Para Arena in Tokyo on May 4, 2020. Japan's government prepared on May 4 to extend its nationwide state of emergency to the end of May as it braces for a lengthy battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Life-size cutouts depicting a crowd of spectators are seen placed in empty seating during a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) game between the Rakuten Monkeys and CTBC Brothers at the Taoyuan Baseball Stadium on May 2, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Global fans starved of baseball are flocking to Taiwan's league as the island basks in the glow of being one of the few places in the world hosting live sports.
A woman walks home with groceries next to barbed wire in the coronavirus locked down area of Selayang Baru, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. The Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the economy needs to be revived as billions have been lost during the partial lockdown that began in March.
A man takes a selfie photo with healthcare workers in protective suits at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, encouraging people who exercise outside, early on May 2, 2020, during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, for the first time since the beginning of a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
Board Chair of Kenyatta National Hospital George Opondo Ooko, right, speaks to a patient in a ward for those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, at the infectious disease unit of Kenyatta National Hospital, located at Mbagathi Hospital, in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, May 1, 2020.
A municipal employee, wearing a special suit to protect against coronavirus, cleans and disinfects an almost empty of pedestrians Garden Ring during a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 1, 2020.
A residents from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. South Africa will begin a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, although confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase.
A visitor in a plexiglass lock talks to a resident at Les Jardins d'Astrid, a rest home in Maurage, La Louviere, on April 29, 2020, as the visits to residents of rest homes are possible from today in Wallonia.
Israeli policemen wearing protective face masks, scuffle with merchants in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, on April 26, 2020, protesting against the continued closure of the landmark open air market, after authorities reduced some lockdown measures imposed in order to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, by allowing shops to reopen.
A security personnel wearing protective gear checks the passports of British nationals before check-in for a special flight to London during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar, India on April 25, 2020.
A boy tries to wear a face mask as members of coalition for grassroots human rights defenders Kenya (CGHRD'S Kenya) work for their food distribution, a bag contains 2kg of maize flour, 1kg each of sugar and rice, soap, tea, salt and a face mask, to vulnerable families that have lost their income in the menace of the COVID 19 coronavirus in Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya on April 25, 2020. President Kenyatta announced to the nation to extend another 21 days of night curfew.
South Koreans wear masks and sit according to social distancing as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19), as they prepare for an insurance planner examination of General Insurance Association of Korea at Seokyeong University playground on April 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 10,718.
Inmates from Villa Devoto Prison burn mattresses during a riot demanding measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after Covid-19 cases were allegedly confirmed inside the prison, in Buenos Aires on April 24, 2020.
A paramedic sprays Minister of Information Manal Abdul-Samad with disinfectant as she arrives for a parliament meeting, in Beirut, Lebanon, April 21, 2020. Lebanon's parliament began a three-day legislative session Tuesday at a Beirut theater so that legislators can observe social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, as protests against the country's ruling elite in the crisis-hit country resumed.
A resident living close to a boarding house, which housed foreign students from Malaysia, gets his temperature taken by an Indonesian health officer amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on April 20, 2020.
Novice monks wearing face shields as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus attend religious studies at Wat Molilokkayaram Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand on April 20, 2020.
An employee of the municipal corporation drives through a disinfection tunnel outside their office building during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Faridabad, India on April 20, 2020.
A nurse wearing protective clothing and face mask, takes care of a COVID-19 patient at the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) department in the Karolinska hospital in Solna, near Stockholm, Sweden, on April 19, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
An Indian wearing a face mask looks out from a gate during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the world's largest coronavirus lockdown to head off the epidemic's peak, with officials racing to make up for lost time.
A man reacts as a medical staffer tests shoppers who volunteered at a pop-up community COVID-19 testing station at a supermarket carpark in Christchurch, New Zealand, April 17, 2020. New Zealand is into week four of a 28-day lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
A civic worker sprays disinfectant on a policeman standing guard after a protest by migrant workers against the extension of the lockdown, in a slum in Mumbai, India, April 14, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the world's largest coronavirus lockdown to head off the epidemic's peak, with officials racing to make up for lost time.
A man pushing a shopping cart asks a woman kneeling in prayer to get out of the way because she is obstructing people trying to get into a supermarket, in Lima, Peru, Saturday, April 11, 2020. The woman was praising God for cleansing the earth of heathens using the new coronavirus.
Catholic believers, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing to protect from coronavirus, are blessed by priest outside a church as religious services continue in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, April 11, 2020. The Catholic community in predominantly Orthodox Christian Belarus prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
A technician sprays disinfectant along the streets of the French Riviera city of Cannes France, on April 10, 2020, on day twenty-five of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.
A woman stands next to a makeshift checkpoint, part of a community safety initiative in the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on April 9, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
This photo taken through a glass window at a maternity ward shows nurses putting a face shield on a newborn baby, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok on April 9, 2020.
An employee of France's biggest coffin-maker, OGF group pushes a coffin in a storage room in Jussey, eastern France, on April 8, 2020, amid the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
A mariachi band serenades the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City, on April 7, 2020 to give hope to those fighting COVID-19 and the medical personnel during the coronavirus pandemic. The serenade was organized by the Tequila and Mezcal Museum with the aim of encouraging the sick and medical personnel and the whole of Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volunteers from Sonko Rescue Team, an NGO privately funded by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, fumigate a street to curb the spread of COVID-19 during a joint operation with Nairobi county during curfew at a residential area in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 6, 2020. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 6 imposed a three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus "infected areas," including the capital Nairobi, ahead of the usually busy Easter weekend. Kenya currently counts 158 cases and six deaths from the virus, most of them in the capital, with a few cases also along the coast.
An honor guard wearing protective masks due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus prepare for the arrival of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida at the King Rama I monument to mark Chakri Memorial Day that honors the founding of the ruling Chakri Dynasty in Bangkok on April 6, 2020.
A Sri Lankan fire brigade person disinfects his colleagues after they assisted transporting the coffin of a person who died not because of the new virus during a curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Migrant workers wait for lunch at a camp set up by Delhi Government during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi on April 1, 2020.
A medical staff watches from a platform of the Gare d'Austerlitz train station on April 1, 2020 in Paris through the window of a medicalized TGV high speed train before its departure to evacuate patients infected with the COVID-19 from Paris' region hospitals to other hospitals in the western France Brittany region where the outbreak has been limited so far. France has been on lockdown since March 17 in a bid to limit the contagion caused by the novel coronavirus, a situation it has extended until at least April 15.
New employees of Japan's defense ministry sit on chairs spaced apart for social distancing due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, as they watch a video message of Defense Minister Taro Kono during a ceremony in Tokyo on April 1, 2020.
A volunteer sprays disinfectant in Shwedagon Pagoda compound as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Yangon on March 31, 2020. Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death a 69-year-old man who returned to the country in mid-March after receiving cancer treatment in Australia.
Motorists are sprayed with disinfectant in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak at the gate of a housing complex in South Tangerang, Indonesia, March 31, 2020. Indonesia will close its doors to foreign arrivals in an attempt to curb the coronavirus spread while the country plans to bring home more than a million nationals working abroad.
Police inspector Rajesh Babu, wearing coronavirus-themed helmet, speaks to a family on a motorbike at a checkpoint during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Chennai, India, on March 28, 2020.
A member of the South African Police Service enforces social distancing as he makes shoppers hold their hands out in front of them to ensure that they are at least one meter apart from one another while they wait outside a supermarket in Yeoville, Johannesburg, on March 28, 2020.
Members of the Charitable Brotherhood of Saint-Eloi de Bethune, each wearing a face mask, carry a coffin towards a grave, at Pierrette cemetery in Bethune, on March 27, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Founded in 1188, the Charitables have for eight centuries taken care of funerals for the inhabitants of Bethune regardless of religion or wealth. Rarely, though, are they done behind almost-closed doors.
A doctor (L) shows the welcome desk of a consultation center dedicated to covid19 suspected patients in Tinteniac, France on March 27, 2020. The consultation center is located in an intermunicipal venue to remove patients at risk of infection from doctors' offices in order to continue caring for other patients.
The iconic Matterhorn mountain is illuminated by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter aiming to send messages of hope, support and solidarity to people suffering from the global coronavirus disease, COVID-19, pandemic in the alpine resort of Zermatt, Switzerland, Thursday, March 26, 2020.
An opera tenor singer performs the song O sole mio from his window in Paris on March 26, 2020 on the evening of the tenth day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.
The just married couple Laila and Boualem Bellil walk in the Stall Courtyard, a most frequented tourist spot, in Dresden, eastern Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2020. They celebrate today without wedding guests because of the government regulations and want to make up for the party next year. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
Members of the Danish Parliament stand in line to vote one by one on another emergency law to combat the coronavirus pandemic, outside the Parliament at Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 26, 2020.
Barber Eugenio Lafargue, reflected in a mirror wearing a protective face mask against a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, styles a customer's hair, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on March 25, 2020 as protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
A Serbian military personal wearing a protective mask walks amongst beds set up inside a hall at the Belgrade Fair to accommodate people suffering from mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 on March 24, 2020. More than 200,000 coronavirus cases have been declared in Europe, according to an AFP tally on March 24, 2020.
A temple worker wearing a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus COVID-19 attaches a name card with a wish to a lantern at Jogyesa Temple as Buddhists prepare to celebrate Buddha's birthday on March 23, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing for the next two weeks, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, 64 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 8,961.
A replica of an elephant with a face mask is driven on trailer pulled by a car to bring awareness during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed by the government amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Chennai on March 22, 2020.
Don Giuseppe Corbari, parson of the Church of Robbiano, adjusts prints of selfies sent by his congregation and glued to empty pews before celebrating Sunday mass in Giussano on March 22, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on March 21, 2020, ordered all non-essential companies and factories to close nationwide to stem a coronavirus pandemic that has killed 4,825 people in the country in a month. "The decision taken by the government is to close down all productive activity throughout the territory that is not strictly necessary, crucial, indispensable, to guarantee us essential goods and services," Conte said in a late-night TV address.
Muslim men perform Friday prayer at the distance of about one meter (3 ft) to each other as a social distancing effort to prevent the spread of new coronavirus outbreak at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, March 20, 2020.
Passengers ride the tube on March 19, 2020 in London, England. Transport for London announced the closure of up to 40 stations as officials advised against non-essential travel. Bus and London Overground service will also be reduced.
A passenger wears a face mask and plastic food bags on her face as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus after landing at Hong Kong's international airport on March 19, 2020. On March 18, Hong Kong authorities began ordering all arrivals from overseas to wear electronic bracelets, connected to an app to mark your location, and two weeks self-quarantine.
Health personnel measure the temperature of a visitor at the entrance of the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on March 18, 2020. The Government of Kenya confirmed new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 18, 2020, bringing the total official number of cases in the East African country to 7. African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.
Thousands of Muslims attend a prayer session asking for safety amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, near Raipur in Lakshmipur district on March 18, 2020.Thousands of Muslims have joined a special prayer in a southern Bangladesh town seeking protection from the coronavirus to almighty, officials said on March 18 as the south Asian nation confirmed its first casualty by Covid-19.
Volunteers pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant that will be distributed for free in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on March 18 2020, as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
A deliveryman wearing a protective face mask pauses by a double-deck tourist bus decorated with a huge mask in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on March 18, 2020. Ukraine late on March 16 announced shutdowns of public transport, bars, restaurants and shopping malls to stem the spread of the coronavirus after President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to act "harshly, urgently, perhaps unpopularly". The government supported Zelensky's proposals and introduced restrictions on domestic movement, including full closure of the country's three metro systems in Kiev, Kharkiv and Dniprom until April 3.
A man sprays commuters with hand sanitizer as a preventive measures in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 18, 2020. African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.
The UME (Emergency Army Unit) attend the train station in Granada, Spain March 17, 2020. Police checked passports and IDs at the Pyrenees' border with France and along the 1,200 kilometer shared border with Portugal, as Spain re-established controls for incoming and outgoing travellers to stem the new COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
People clap their hands and wave, in Rome, Saturday, March 14, 2020. At noon in Italy, people came out on their balconies, terraces, gardens or simply leaned out from open windows to clap for several minute in a gesture of thanks for the doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and ambulance crews who have been treating and helping infected patients.
Employees of the Istanbul Municipality wearing protective gear disinfects a subway carriage to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul on March 12, 2020. Turkey announced on March 11, 2020 its first coronavirus case, a man who had recently travelled to Europe and is in good health.
Workers place a mask on the figure of the Fallas festival in Valencia, Wednesday March 11, 2020. The Fallas festival which was due to take place on March 13 has been cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
A disinfectant worker sprays anti-septic solution against COVID-19 aboard a firetruck along a street on March 11, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declared a state of public health emergency as the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country rose to 33 from just 3 cases last week. With over 115,000 confirmed cases around the world, the coronavirus has so far claimed over 4,000 lives.
Medical staff celebrate after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 9, 2020. China closed most of its makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work on March 9 as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic.
A protester sprays protesters with sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus during a rally demanding women's right during the International Women's Day in Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Medics treat a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 8, 2020. With the approaching Persian New Year, known as Nowruz, officials kept up pressure on people not to travel and to stay home. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who gave Iran's new casualty figures Sunday, reiterated that people should not even attend funerals.
Volunteers spray disinfectant with a robot at a residental area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 3, 2020. The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on March 3 but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six.
Medical personnel attend to a patient in critical condition at a hospital designated for coronavirus patients in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, March 1, 2020. China on Sunday reported a slight uptick in new cases exceeded 500 over the past 24 hours. They remain almost entirely confined to the hardest-hit province of Hubei and its capital, the epicenter of Wuhan.
Mask-clad commuters make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on Feb. 28, 2020. Tokyo's key Nikkei index plunged nearly three percent at the open on February 28 after US and European sell-offs with investors worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a bus garage in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus infections in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military reported its first case among its soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with an illness cluster.
A shopper wearing face mask pushes a shopping cart in front of an empty shelves inside a grocery store on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong has 29 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with over 37,500 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 800 lives.
A Chinese woman wears a protective mask as she has her temperature checked before entering a park with her child on Feb. 9, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 37000 in mainland China Sunday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities have put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and municipalities in other parts of the country affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 810 on Sunday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and screening has been stepped up at airports around the world. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travelers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China.
A Chinese girl wears a plastic bottle as makeshift homemade protection and a protective mask while waiting to check in to a flight at Beijing Capital Airport on Jan. 30, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to over 7000 in mainland China Thursday as the country continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and neighboring municipalities affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 170 on Thursday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and France. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert, and its emergency committee is to meet later on Thursday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency.
Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on Jan. 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.
Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday and cases have been reported in other parts of Asia including in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
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