US officials will postpone a meeting of leaders of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) that was scheduled to host on March 14, in light of concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, two US officials said on Friday.
US President Donald Trump has invited leaders of the 10-nation bloc to meet in Las Vegas after he missed the bloc’s summit in Bangkok in November.
The US State Department has not yet responded to a request for comment.
The first confirmed case of the mutated Corona virus (Covid 19) also appeared in Iceland.
Icelandic authorities said today that it has been confirmed that a young man who was in northern Italy shortly before the Coruna virus, SPA has published.
The authorities added that his condition was not difficult, but that he had symptoms of the mutated Covid-19 virus infection, noting that he had been isolated inside the National University Hospital in Reykjavík.
And the National Health Commission of China said on Saturday that it had detected 427 new cases of coronavirus inside the country on Friday, compared to 327 cases the previous day.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the virus in China to 79,251 cases so far.
By the end of Friday, the number of deaths in the virus in China reached 2,835, an increase of 47 from the previous day.
Hubei Province, home to the virus, has reported 45 new deaths, including 37 in Wuhan, the provincial capital.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tadros Adhanum, expressed his deep concern over the rapid increase in the incidence of the new coronavirus outside China, pointing out that the number of cases reached 3474 cases in 54 countries.
“We are in a critical stage, especially since the number is increasing,” Adhanum said at a press conference held on Friday in Geneva, noting that during the last twenty-four hours, 7 countries reported, for the first time, cases of infection, namely: Brazil, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan and Romania.