COVID-19: here's what happened this weekend


  • Heather Mason
  • Univadis Medical News
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The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly. Here are some of the developments that emerged over the weekend:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) global risk assessment was raised from high to ‘very high’.
  • As of 1 March 2020, there were 87,137 confirmed cases, 1,739 within the previous 24 hours.
  • The global death toll reached 2,977.
  • Approximately 14% experience severe disease and 5% become critically ill, authorities say.
  • 58 countries have confirmed cases, including seven new EU member states, Mexico, San Marino, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Ireland, Monaco, Scotland, the Czech Republic and Qatar.
  • WHO publishes updated clinical guidance and training material and launches global clinical data platform.
  • After a period of decline, the number of cases in Hubai has increased for two successive days.
  • WHO updates international traffic recommendations, advising that sick or elderly travellers should avoid or delay travel to affected areas.
  • Cases jump sharply across Europe.
  • Italian death toll reaches 34 as infections rise 40% in 24 hours.
  • The number of German cases almost doubles to 129.
  • France and Switzerland ban public gatherings and recommend against the kiss greeting.
  • The UN releases $15 million dollars help contain the spread of COVID-19, particularly in vulnerable countries with weak healthcare systems.