Patients infected by Covid-19 nearing 80,000 globally


A mother adjusting her son's facemask as he plays at a playground in Beijing on Saturday (Feb 22). The death toll in China from the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak rose by 109, China's National Health Commission said Saturday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 2,345. - AFP

UNITED NATIONS/BEIJING: The Covid-19 (coronavirus) has infected nearly 78,000 people globally. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Saturday in Beijing:

- Mainland China: 2,345 deaths among 76,288 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei

- Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths

- Macao: 10 cases

- Japan: 752 cases, including 634 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths

- South Korea: 433 cases, 2 deaths

- Singapore: 86 cases

- United States: 35 cases; separately, 1 U.S. citizen died in China

- Thailand: 35 cases

_Iran:28 cases, 5 deaths

- Taiwan: 26 cases, 1 death

- Australia: 23 cases

- Malaysia: 22

- Italy: 19 cases; 1 death

- Vietnam: 16 cases

- Germany: 16

- France: 12 cases, 1 death

- United Arab Emirates: 11 cases

- United Kingdom: 9

- Canada: 9

- Philippines: 3 cases, 1 death

- India: 3 cases

- Russia: 2

- Spain: 2

- Lebanon: 1

- Israel: 1

- Belgium: 1

- Nepal: 1

- Sri Lanka: 1

- Sweden: 1

- Cambodia: 1

- Finland: 1

- Egypt: 1

By The Associated Press

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