The department noted that as of today in the world 69 thousand 261 laboratory-confirmed cases of new coronavirus infection COVID-19 have been registered, of which 1 thousand 669 are fatal.
They also recalled that on February 12-13, leading health experts from around the world met at the headquarters of the World Health Organization to assess the current level of knowledge about COVID-19, coordinate work together to accelerate the priority research needed to end this outbreak.
As we reported before, the cruise ship Diamond Princess staff confirmed 70 new cases of infection with coronavirus. This was announced by Minister of Health of Japan Kato Katsunobu, as Reuters reported. Thus, the number of patients on the liner increased to 355 people. Those who become infected were transferred to Japanese hospitals.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry said on February 16 that all passengers should pass coronavirus testing by Monday. Therefore, verification results should be published later on February 19. By then, the ship will be on quarantine.