Considered as the most powerful country in the world, the US has reported its first death from the new coronavirus in the north-west state of Washington. Officials said on Saturday that the patient was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions. President Donald Trump said more cases were “likely” but that the US was prepared for any circumstance. Officials said they were expanding travel restrictions on Iran and urged Americans to avoid hard-hit parts of Italy and South Korea.
At this point, it would be very prudent for countries which haven’t had any coronavirus case yet to put measures in place to prevent or contain the deadly virus in anticipation, as its spread seems to be inevitable.
More than 85,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in 57 countries around the world and almost 3,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The vast majority of infections and deaths are in China, where the virus emerged late last year.