COVID-19: Latest numbers, new online courses from WHO

The number of patients in England to have tested positive for coronavirus remains at 9, as it has been for over a week. According to the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, as of 19th February, a total of 5,216 people have taken themselves to be tested for the virus.

Official World Health Organisation data, also from the 19th February, reports 75,204 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus globally, of which 1,872 were confirmed in the previous 24 hours – down on the previous 24 hours and almost all of which (1,752) were in China. Again, there have been no new countries reporting cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

In addition to working on its own new models and analysis, WHO has also added a number of online courses related to COVIDS-19 to its OpenWHO platform. These include a general introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronaviruses: and a health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases:

Diamond Princess repatriation

Today, the UK’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab confirmed the evacuation flight for British people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

“We’ve organised an evacuation flight for British nationals on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship to depart Tokyo on Friday," Raab said. “Details have been sent to those who have registered for the flight. We urge other British nationals still seeking to leave to contact us.

“We will continue to support British nationals who wish to stay in Japan.”

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