South Korea reported 477 new cases of coronavirus on the morning of March 3, bringing the total to 4,812 cases, including 29 fatalities. The situation in the United States is also escalating, with four fatalities reported on March 2 to bring the total to six. So far, there are 14 states with confirmed cases.
Despite our best efforts, six of those cases have died.
On March 2, the United States reported four additional coronavirus disease 2019 deaths, bringing the total to six fatalities. All of them occurred in Washington state. Local government officials warned that it's no longer a matter of whether the outbreak will expand, but when.
(There are) likely many mild cases in the community that we're not aware of. We're going to see a lot of sick people and we're going to have a tremendous challenge on our health care system.
Local researchers said it's possible that the novel coronavirus has been spreading in the state for six weeks without anyone knowing. King County, where the majority of the deaths occurred, canceled classes at 11 schools. The local government also announced a plan to buy a motel to use as a hospital. COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 14 U.S. states so far, and the total number of cases has exceeded 100. However, Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the U.S. response to COVID-19, said the threat of the coronavirus to the U.S. people remains low, while President Donald Trump said he has already asked pharmaceuticals to accelerate their vaccine research and development.
Meanwhile, the outbreak continues to expand in South Korea. The country reported around 400 new cases on the morning of March 3, bringing the total to nearly 5,000. The majority of the cases occurred in Daegu, which has 3,600 cases. Of that number, 60 percent are related to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. The number of cases in Seoul rose from 91 on March 2 to 98.
Over in Italy, the number of confirmed cases has surpassed 2,000.
However, we still had 18 fatalities, 15 in Lombardy and three in Emilia-Romagna, bringing the total number of deaths to 52.
Rome reported its first COVID-19 family cluster infection on March 1. The Italian government has enacted a new injunction for the supervision of at-risk areas. In the hard-hit Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna regions, all sports, entertainment, cultural, and religious activities before March 8 have been suspended.
In France, the number of confirmed cases is at nearly 200 with four fatalities. On March 1, two mayors were diagnosed, including one that had attended the Paris Agricultural Fair. The government is trying to trace all the people they were in contact with. Employees of the Louvre Museum went on strike on March 1 to express their dissatisfaction over how museum officials have not rolled out disease prevention countermeasures, shuttering the museum for the day. The strike continued on March 2 and the museum remained closed.