»Relive the events of the day on Friday 28 February:
9:20 p.m.. 83,853 cases worldwide, including 2,873 deaths, in 56 countries. The number of cases of new coronavirus worldwide amounted to 83,853 in early afternoon Friday, including 2,873 deaths, in 56 countries and territories, according to a report established by AFP from official sources (national authorities and World Health Organization).
China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao), where the epidemic broke out at the end of December, had 78,824 cases, including 2,788 deaths. Elsewhere in the world, 5,029 cases were listed on Friday, including 85 deaths and 966 new cases.
The virus is now spreading the fastest in South Korea, with 571 new cases in the past 24 hours. This country is the second most affected after China, with 2337 cases and 13 deaths. Italy (650 cases, 17 deaths) followed by Iran (388 cases, 34 deaths) and Japan (210 cases, 8 deaths). Japan has also recorded more than 700 cases on the cruise ship Diamond Princess moored off Yokohama.
The Netherlands, Nigeria, New Zealand, Belarus, Mexico, Azerbaijan and Lithuania joined the list of affected countries.
9:10 p.m.. Swiss Post has suspended shipments to China. The sending of mail and parcels to China is temporarily suspended due to « logistical constraints », assured La Poste, while many airlines have adjusted their offer in the face of the coronavirus crisis. “Since February 17, letters and parcels to China have been temporarily suspended. This suspension is linked to logistical constraints, ”said the company. According to La Poste, « the export flows processed by Colissimo are no longer prioritized by the airlines which still provide connections to China », while « the import flows are maintained ».
However, Chronopost shipments to China, outside quarantine zones, are still possible, added the group.
21 hours. The international tourism fair canceled in Berlin. The Berlin International Tourism Fair (ITB), the industry’s biggest event, scheduled to take place March 4-8, has been canceled by authorities due to the risks associated with the coronavirus epidemic in Germany. This fair was to welcome more than 160,000 people and 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries. The organizers deplored the “impossibility” of “verifying that each participant has not recently gone to a risk zone” or “has not had contact with a person” in this situation, a condition posed by the authorities for maintain the living room.
8:50 p.m.. Blanquer could go « to close an establishment ». Almost 2,000 students had not resumed school on Friday because they were returning from an area affected by the epidemic. The Minister of Education indicated on BFMTV that he would not hesitate to go « until closing one establishment, or several, in a given area », after a case by case analysis by the Regional Health Agency .
19.45. France has 19 new cases. « We have 57 cases this Friday evening », 19 more than on Thursday, announces Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health. “No new deaths have been reported. Six patients are listed in Annecy, among travelers returning from Egypt. 18 patients were diagnosed in the Oise, six more than on Thursday.
A new stage in the epidemic has been reached, « we are now going to stage 2 », added the Minister, explaining that « the virus is circulating on our territory and we must curb its spread ». Several clusters have been identified, « whose chains of transmission remain identifiable and the contamination explicable, » he reassures.
The Minister ended his intervention on prevention messages. “I now recommend avoiding the handshake. […] It’s the little gestures that make the big protections. «
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7:10 p.m.. Debate Wednesday in the Senate. The government has requested the inclusion on the Senate agenda, Wednesday March 4 at 9:30 pm, of a government statement followed by a debate, « on public health measures facing the risks of an epidemic of coronavirus Covid-19 in France, « announced the Senate. The president of the Senate Gérard Larcher (LR) had asked for the organization of a debate on the coronavirus during the meeting on Thursday in Matignon of the leaders of parties represented in the Parliament, presidents of parliamentary groups and presidents of assemblies.
19 hours. A Defense Council and an « exceptional » Council of Ministers on Saturday. The Elysée Palace announces that a Defense Council will take place on February 29 at 10 am, followed by a Council of Ministers at 11 am, shortly before a new point from the Minister of Health on the epidemic.
18.50. Uncertainty about the death toll in Iran. The number of patients who died in Iran could far outnumber the authorities. The country reported 34 dead on Friday morning, but sources within the health care system told the BBC that the death toll could be as high as 210. These figures were denied by Iranian ministry spokesman of Health, Kianouche Jahanpour.
18.30. Two French people detained in a hospital in Brazil. Brazilian justice has authorized the municipal authorities of Paraty, a seaside town near Rio, to keep two French tourists suspected of having coronavirus confined in a hospital against their will. The town hall of Paraty (South-East) explained to the G1 news site that the French couple had arrived in Rio from Barcelona on February 20, before going to the seaside town on Monday. On Thursday, they were admitted to the municipal hospital after showing symptoms of the flu. The fact that the two French have repeatedly expressed their desire to leave motivated the request for a judicial decision authorizing the extension of their hospitalization, according to the municipality.
18 hours. Meeting of EU health ministers on March 6. They had already met on February 13. EU health ministers will meet again next Friday in Brussels « to discuss measures regarding the coronavirus, » a European Council spokesman said on Friday.
5:40 p.m.. A second Covid-19 patient in Mexico. Earlier in the day, Mexican authorities announced their first confirmed case: a 35-year-old man from Mexico City, considered the zero patient. He is in « stable condition », « he has no pneumonia, he has symptoms similar to those of a cold ». The epidemiological survey of people who had been in contact with this patient indicated that another 41-year-old man, located in the state of Sinaloa (North-West), had been infected. The contamination of the two men probably took place in Bergamo, in Lombardy, a hotbed for the spread of the epidemic.
17.20. First case reported in Iceland. The Icelandic authorities report a first case of coronavirus contamination in the Nordic country, a man returning from Italy but having stayed « outside a risk zone ». The man, a forties from Iceland, « is not seriously ill but has symptoms typical of Covid-19 disease, » said the department of civil protection in a statement. He is currently being treated at the Landspitali University Hospital Center, in the capital Reykiavik.
5:10 p.m.. A contaminated doctor from Rouen. A doctor who works at the Rouen University Hospital and also gives consultations to the SNCF medical office was declared positive at Covid-19, says France 3 Normandie. He is confined to his home in Bois-Guillaume. It is the first confirmed case in Normandy. Five SNCF agents and a medical secretary from the firm’s office were placed in the fortnight.
4:55 p.m.. The virus had been circulating « unnoticed for weeks » in Italy. Researchers at a specialized hospital in Milan have managed to isolate the Italian version of the new coronavirus, which « has been going unnoticed for weeks » in the peninsula, according to these specialists who are trying to trace the source of the epidemic. « The virus has been present for a long time, perhaps already since mid-January, » said Professor Massimo Galli, director of the Sacco hospital in Milan. And to specify that the Italian version « is certainly the result of a mutation, especially since this virus is modified from person to person ».
4:35 p.m.. WHO raises the international threat to « very high ». The World Health Organization (WHO) announces to have raised to « very high » the level of the threat related to the new coronavirus, which contaminated some 79 000 people in China and more than 5000 in the rest of the world. « We have now increased our assessment of the spread and impact risk of Covid-19 to a very high level globally, » said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
4:25 p.m.. Wall Street sees red at the opening. The New York Stock Exchange plunged at the start of the session Friday, preparing to end its worst week since the global financial crisis of 2008 against a background of heightened fears around the coronavirus. Around 3:15 p.m. GMT, its flagship index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, collapsed by 3.71% to 24,811.92 points, after having released more than 4% a few minutes earlier. The Nasdaq, with a strong technological coloring, lost it 2.93% to 8,315.70 points, and the widened S&P 500 index fell by 3.47% to 2,875.53 points.
4:15 p.m.. Can pets catch and transmit coronavirus? A first case of domestic dog tested positive for Covid-19 was identified this Friday in Hong Kong. Not enough to alarm the WHO or the specialists. Our article to read here.
16 hours. The patient hospitalized in Brest in a « stable state ». The 72 year old Breton contaminated by the coronavirus and hospitalized at the CHRU of Brest in medical intensive care is now in « a stable state ». « His wife, who traveled with him to Egypt, is also hospitalized in Brest in the infectious diseases department to be diagnosed, » said the Regional Health Agency (ARS) in Brittany.
3:45 p.m.. More medical teleconsultations to limit the epidemic? The union of liberal specialists Avenir Spé claims that a « massive deployment of teleconsultation tools » could « avoid the overcrowding of emergencies and calls to the Samu » and « limit the spread » of the coronavirus. « In the event of an epidemic, the 15th will be quickly overwhelmed, like the toll-free number » put in place by the government, said the president of Avenir Spé, Patrick Gasser. This gastroenterologist believes that remote consultation via the Internet could be useful in order to « identify patients at risk » without exposing healthcare professionals to potential contamination.
15:30. How « investigators » trace the thread of contamination. While the number of cases declared in France doubled Thursday and raises fears of a wider contagion phenomenon, specialized services are responsible for diving into the diaries of patients to understand the origin of their contamination. And list the people they may have infected. How are these investigations carried out? The answer in our article.
3:25 p.m.. The government is fighting fake news. The government took stock this Friday in Bercy with the main search engines and social networks on the fight against false news on the coronavirus. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Qwant, TikTok were present at this meeting, which also included government side Sibeth Ndiaye (government spokesperson), Cédric O (digital) and Adrien Taquet (solidarity and health).
Social networks and search engines have acted to highlight government information sites, in response to requests from Internet users for the coronavirus, according to the government. They have also put in place measures to prevent the dissemination of advertisements on so-called miracle cures.
3:15 p.m.. The Basel watch fair adjourned. Faced with the decision of the Swiss authorities to ban events gathering more than 1000 people, the organizers of the Basel watch fair decided to postpone the event. It was to be held from April 30 to May 5.
15.05. Why the number of cases doubled in one day in France. Thursday evening, the health authorities announced 20 new cases in our country. It was expected and there is nothing to worry about, say the specialists. The explanations in our article.
15 hours. A first case in Mexico. Mexican authorities announced on Friday that a first patient had tested positive for Covid-19. « The individual is in a stable state […], he has no pneumonia, he has symptoms similar to those of a cold. He is a young man, ”said the under-secretary for prevention of the Ministry of Health, Hugo Lopez-Gatell.
He is the second patient identified in South America. The coronavirus arrived in Latin America earlier this week, with a first individual diagnosed in Brazil: a 61-year-old man who was returning from Italy.
2:45 p.m.. All you need to know about the Covid-19 in an infographic to print. Given the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in France and worldwide, Le Parisien offers you a summary of good practices. It allows you to take stock of the transmission of the virus, its symptoms, its duration of incubation, the good reflexes to have to protect yourself and especially how to react if you return from a risk zone or if you think you are affected. .
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2:40 p.m.. Death of a Briton. It is the first Briton to succumb to the new coronavirus, announced the media across the Channel. Hospitalized in Japan, he was one of the travelers in quarantine on the liner Diamond Princess. Five other cruise passengers – all Japanese – died, while nearly 700 people who left this boat, docked in the port of Yokohama, were declared positive at Covid-19.
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2:25 p.m.. A Formula 2 driver in quarantine in Tenerife. Danish Christian Lundgaard, 18, is in quarantine on the Spanish island of Tenerife after the discovery of cases of Covid-19 in his hotel – four Italians-, announced his team and the sector of young drivers of Renault, of which he is a part. . Two other Renault Sport Academy drivers, the French Hadrien David and the Brazilian Caio Collet, as well as the manager of the sector Mia Sharizman, are also in quarantine.
14.15. A special show by Michel Cymes on Tuesday evening. The PAF star doctor will offer a special live broadcast on France 2 on March 3 at 9:05 p.m. to answer questions from the French on the coronavirus. For more than two hours, viewers will be able to question specialists on the set via SMS questions, to which Michel Cymes, Professor Eric Caumes, head of service at Pitié-Salpêtrière, and his colleague Arnaud Fontanet, epidemiologist at Institut Pasteur, will respond. .
14 hours. Still canceled sports competitions. The last two stages of the UAE Cycling Tour (UAE Tour) scheduled for this Friday and Saturday were canceled after the discovery of contamination by coronavirus from two members of a team management.
1:50 p.m.. New assessment in Iran: nearly 400 cases. The country reported this morning the death of eight people infected with the virus among 143 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 34 dead. In total, 388 people were infected and the 143 new cases were detected in majority in the Tehran province (64) of Gilan (25) as well as those of Qom (16) and Isfahan (10).
13.30. Reassuring news from Nantes. The 58-year-old patient infected with the coronavirus after having been in contact with a patient in the Oise is hospitalized at the Nantes University Hospital (Loire-Atlantique) and shows « no sign of seriousness », assured Jean-Jacques Coiplet, Director General of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Pays de la Loire, during a press conference. And to specify: « There is no chain of transmission in Pays de Loire ».
1:20 p.m.. Switzerland postpones a day of football championship. In the wake of its decision to ban at least until March 15 any public event involving more than 1000 people in Switzerland, the Football League (SFL) announces the complete postponement of the 24th day of the Championship which was to take place this week -end. « The SFL shows understanding for this ban and postpones all matches for the 24th day, » said the Federation in a press release. The SFL will inform on the future course of the championship during the next week in close collaboration with the authorities and the clubs.
1:10 p.m.. First case in Azerbaijan. The former Soviet Republic has announced the first confirmed case of Covid-19. He is a Russian citizen who arrived via Iran in this Caucasian country bordering the Caspian Sea. « He has been placed in solitary confinement, » the government said in a statement, adding that his condition is « stable ». Earlier, Belarus had also announced a first case on its territory: is an Iranian student who arrived in the country via Azerbaijan last week.
12:50. Government at the bedside of businesses. After a meeting organized this morning with the social partners, the Ministers of Economy (Bruno Le Maire), Labor (Muriel Pénicaud) and Health (Olivier Véran) took stock of the French economic situation in this context of coronaviruses. Bruno Le Maire notably declared that the virus was considered « a case of force majeure » for companies.
This means that « for all public procurement in the state, if there is ever a delay in delivery on the part of SMEs or companies, we will not apply a penalty « Said the Minister.
Muriel Pénicaud also announced « possibilities of recourse to partial activity » and « the spreading of social and fiscal charges for companies that will need it » for companies in difficulty.
VIDEO. « A case of force majeure for companies », announces Bruno Le Maire
12:45. Urssaf in support of companies in difficulty. While the epidemic shakes the stock markets and slows the economy, the Urssaf explain in a press release that they will « take into account the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the activity of certain companies ». And to detail: « The support of the Urssaf network for companies in difficulty is reflected in particular by the granting of deadlines (payment installments) and the delivery of surcharges and late penalties over the target periods. «
12:30. Japan at the « crossroads ». Norio Ohmagari, specialist in infectious diseases and adviser to the Japanese government, is rather confident about the management of the crisis in Japan in an interview with AFP. « We are now at a crossroads to contain the Covid-19, » he said in particular. If we continue like this, we have a good chance of containing or eliminating this Covid-19 ”.
12:05. The concern of the inhabitants of Lagos, economic capital of Nigeria. In this sprawling megalopolis of 20 million inhabitants, pharmacies and supermarkets are taken by storm by Lagosiens looking for hand sanitizer and masks, after the announcement of a first case of coronavirus. Health Minister Osagie Enahire announced that he was an Italian working in Nigeria, where he returned from the Italian city of Milan on February 25. « The patient is in stable clinical condition and has no disturbing symptoms, » said the minister.
11:50. Black week for the world stock exchanges. They show their worst fall since the 2008 financial crisis. Most European markets have lost around 12-13% since last Friday. At this time, the CAC 40 unscrews by more than 3%.
11:35. The Geneva Motor Show canceled. As a result of the Swiss decision to ban any event bringing together more than 1000 people, the Geneva Motor Show, which was to be held from March 5 to 15, is officially canceled.
11:20. AT Hong Kong’s sick pets will be quarantined. After the discovery of traces of the coronavirus on the dog of a sick woman, the Hong Kong authorities announce that all the pets of the affected people will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.
11:05. The United Arab Emirates Cycling Tour stopped, riders stranded at the hotel. Two masseurs from an Italian team are positive for the coronavirus, which led to the cancellation of the cycling event and the confinement of the riders, including the Englishman Christopher Froome.
10:55. Pakistan suspends flights with Iran. Pakistan has suspended all direct flights to Iran, officials said on Friday, two days after detecting its first two cases of the new coronavirus, travelers recently returned from the Islamic Republic.
10:40. Brussels Airlines is reducing its flights to northern Italy. The airline Brussels Airlines announces that it was reducing its flights to the north of Italy due to the drop in demand due to the coronavirus, which also forced it to study « economic measures ».
« Brussels Airlines will reduce its flight offer to northern Italy by 30% for the next two weeks (March 2-14), namely to Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Rome, Venice and Bologna », indicates the company Belgian.
10:20. Switzerland bans all major events due to the coronavirus. Switzerland decides to ban at least until March 15 any public or private event bringing together more than 1000 people, due to the epidemic of the new coronavirus which has contaminated nine people on its territory.
10:05. A dog tested positive for coronavirus placed in quarantine in Hong Kong. The dog of a woman affected by the coronavirus is placed in quarantine in Hongkong after samples taken from the animal have tested positive for coronavirus, announce this Friday the authorities, even if there is no risk of contagion of the pet to man is not proven. The dog has no symptoms of the disease, said the Hong Kong Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environmental Protection.
9:50. White plan triggered at the Dijon CHU. This exceptional health system will make it possible to isolate the contaminated patients in this CHU where four people have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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9:38. First case confirmed in Nice. Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, informs on Twitter that a first case was confirmed this Friday morning at the Nice hospital. It is a woman returning from Milan.
9:25. A distance education system is ready according to Jean-Michel Blanquer. The Minister of National Education assures on Europe 1 that a distance education device could be deployed on a large scale if necessary: “We have been preparing for it for several weeks with the Cned. From the large kindergarten section to the Terminale there can be 7 million connections at the same time. «
9:15. The Paris Bourse fell 3.36% to 5,310.82 points at the opening. The market is still by the progression of the coronavirus in the world and its consequences on the economy. Since the beginning of the week, the index of main stocks has dropped by nearly 11%.
Similar declines are recorded in London, Milan, Madrid and Frankfurt.
9:12. 571 new cases registered in 24 hours in South Korea.
9:10. New Russian measures against Iran and South Korea. Russia announces the introduction of entry restrictions for Iranian citizens and travelers from South Korea.
8:28. Nearly 2,000 quarantined students announced Jean-Michel Blanquer. The Minister of Education announces on Europe 1 that nearly 2,000 pupils returning from risk areas, such as China or Italy, were confined to their homes for 14 days.
Jean-Michel Blanquer indicates that this figure will « of course increase next week ».
8:10. Closure of all public establishments in La Balme-de-Sillingy. « I am very concerned about the situation, » said François Daviet, the mayor of this commune of 5,000 inhabitants after the detection of two new cases of coronavirus. « We made the decision to close the crèche, the leisure center and all the municipal halls, » he continues.
7:58. Two new cases at La Balme-de-Sillingy, in Haute-Savoie. François Daviet, the mayor of this small town in Haute-Savoie, said this Friday morning on BFMTV that two new cases are detected. A total of six residents have contracted the coronavirus and others are awaiting test results.
7:45. The Tokyo Disneyland / DisneySea complex closes two weeks. The Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea theme park complex, in the suburbs of the Japanese capital, will close for two weeks due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus, the operator announced on Friday.
This decision is not the first of its kind, but it is one of the most significant, from a place that receives some 32.5 million visitors per year.
7:35. K-pop megastars, BTS, cancel four concerts. In South Korea, K-pop megastars, BTS, are canceling four giant concerts slated for Seoul in April.
7:30. About fifty affected countries. Outside of China, the coronavirus now affects around fifty countries around the world, with more than 4,000 infections and more than 60 deaths.
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7:22. 256 additional contaminations in South Korea. This Friday, South Korea reported 256 additional infections, bringing the total to 2,022, including 13 dead.
7:15. First case of coronavirus in Belarus. Belarus announces this Friday morning that it has registered its first case of coronavirus. He is an Iranian student who arrived via Azerbaijan last week. The Ministry of Health indicates that the patient’s condition was « satisfactory ». The people with whom he has been in contact since his arrival in Belarus on February 22 have been placed in quarantine at the Minsk Hospital for Infectious Diseases.
7:10. The Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 3.67% at the close. The Tokyo Stock Exchange recorded another massive fall on Friday, weighed down by the repercussions of the coronavirus. At the end of the transactions, the Nikkei index of 225 star stocks dropped 3.67%, or more than 800 points, to 21,142.96 points, and the widened Topix index fell in similar proportions (-3 , 65%) at 1,510.87 points.
6:50. 44 new deaths in China. China, where the virus had appeared in December, released a new toll of 327 new cases and 44 deaths in the past 24 hours on Friday. This is the lowest death toll in the country since January 24.
A total of 78,824 cases and 2,788 deaths have been recorded in mainland China since the start of the epidemic.
6:45. Fear of a pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls on all countries still spared to prepare for the arrival of Covid-19.
6:40. First case in sub-Saharan Africa. A case of contamination with the new coronavirus is confirmed in Nigeria, in Lagos, economic capital of 20 million inhabitants, recalling the fears triggered during the Ebola epidemic.
6:30. 20 additional cases in France. Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, announced Thursday evening that the number of people infected in France has increased to 38 confirmed cases, against 18 the day before.
In particular, a household of twelve people, probably in contact with the first patient who died in the Oise, was identified.