By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a dashboard containing significant figures on the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) which has been declared as a global health emergency.
The dashboard contains a map illustrating the number of confirmed cases globally, with focus on China and its affected provinces and special administrative regions, and and how the reported number of cases rose in the past few weeks.
It also lists other countries with confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV ARD. There are currently 24 countries affected by the new coronavirus strain.
As of 7 a.m. of February 4, the WHO dashboard indicated that there are a total of 17, 238 cases in China. Internationally, as of February 3, there are 17,391 confirmed cases.
It was reported that the 2019-nCoV ARD originated in China’s Wuhan City, allegedly from a wet market that sells exotic meat and live animals.
Health authorities said the 2019-nCov ARD spreads through aerial droplets, or when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The WHO appealed to the public to avoid close contact with persons who have respiratory infections, and to frequently wash hands.
The public can access the WHO dashboard at: http://who.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/c88e37cfc43b4ed3baf977d77e4a0667
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