Nearly 5,000 people have died and as many as 1,34,530 have been infected by the deadly coronavirus across the world, according to a Reuters tally. While China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, has seen a drop in fresh cases, the country on Friday confirmed eight deaths, taking the toll to 3,176.
Italy, the European epicentre of the virus outbreak and the hardest-hit country outside Wuhan, has registered over 1,000 deaths with more than 15,000 testing positive. Iran, which is yet another world’s worst affected countries, again registered the highest single-day toll today with 85 deaths, taking the total to 514.
Besides these, over 120 countries have reported the infection. Trinidad and Tobago as well as Ghana reported their first cases, while Algeria, Azerbaijan, Greece, India, Norway and Poland recorded their first fatalities.
Asian shares plunged, then recovered slightly as markets continued to reel from uncertainty over the coronavirus crisis. Benchmarks in Japan, Thailand and India sank as much as 10% following Wall Street’s biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell nearly 6%.
As the climbing season draws close, Nepal has closed all of its Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest because of heightening Coronavirus fears, a government minister was quoted as saying by Reuters. Nepal is home to eight of world’s 14 highest peaks and earns over $4.4 million a year through permit fees from climbers.