Early Thursday, the World Health Organization warned that they were concerned about new cases of the coronavirus, which have nearly doubled in one day in England, with 22 new cases announced in London’s Leicester district and many more infections in the Kent area of southeast England. In addition, there were two new deaths reported — the last on Friday — by the London hospital, King’s College, where they were taking part in an investigation.
Here’s a full, updated look at the current situation:
• Officials who have been monitoring the case in England’s Leicester district told BBC News that, as of today, there are six probable cases of the viral disease, the second time such a figure has been reported.
The WHO is warning that between 35 and 40 people have been hospitalized in England as a result of infection. Those individuals, the officials explained, all have previously traveled to the Middle East or Africa. None of the 25 people who were on a Saudi Arabian cruise line cruise ship at the time of the illness has shown symptoms of the illness. The spokesperson also said that a Saudi doctor on board has been diagnosed with the virus but that no other officials on the crew have shown any symptoms of the virus.
• Another 18 people who were directly exposed to the infection are currently undergoing quarantine at hospital. According to the same BBC News report, four patients are being treated in intensive care, two are on kidney dialysis and six are being treated for symptoms of the virus. As for the 35 to 40 other people potentially infected, WHO warns that they will not be tested until they have developed symptoms. Health officials said that some samples have been sent off for testing in Europe, the U.S. and Egypt. In other cases, none of the samples were sent off for tests because they did not show symptoms.
• The investigation in Leicestershire includes measures for “clinically isolating and monitoring” the patient as well as ensuring that other people on the cruise line have been identified, according to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, health officials are testing pig rations shipped from the ship for the virus, BBC News reported.
“There is no immediate public health risk,” chief executive Nick Mohr assured everyone.
“If you are feeling unwell, please seek medical advice.”
• Officials are monitoring the condition of five of the six probable cases in Leicestershire to date. The king, who died on March 9, had not gone to Leicester for treatment. (The fact that the patient and the virus weren’t in Leicester initially could be another reason for concern.)
“Individuals displaying symptoms that are similar to these should seek medical advice and observe strict hygiene practice.”
England’s National Health Service says that there are no serious complications associated with the illness itself. More than 400 people in the United Kingdom were infected with coronavirus in 2009 and 2010.
• The WHO announced that in early March, the coronavirus was circulating in 23 countries across the world, and that it was continuing to “occur in people.” This is according to one of the global public health organization’s spokesperson, who stressed that they could not yet be certain about any risk it posed.
• Here’s what the World Health Organization said about the current cases in Britain.
“It is important to note that this outbreak is considered so far as an isolated event, and there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission. Further investigation is ongoing to assess the risk of sustained transmission and human-to-human spread. “There is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission. At present, most patients are hospitalized and mostly do not need hospitalization. … This is the case in most countries where the illness is occurring. “We do not know which countries could be infected or where the virus can be found. We do not know whether or not the virus has evolved since 2009 and are therefore also cautioning against any assumption that current cases are isolated events.”