Today's biggest headline:
The outbreak gets worse in South Korea, including one American serviceman, the CDC finally gets serious, and markets tank for the third day straight.
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Today's Biggest Developments
- There are now over 1,200 cases across South Korea.
- The CDC has finally told American to take the outbreak seriously, saying "this could be bad."
- France reported its first death.
- Armenia has closed its border with Iran, as several coronavirus cases spreading through the Middle East appear to have links with one Iranian province.
- Markets dropped for the third day in a row across Europe, Asia, and the US. The Dow Jones has now lost over 2,000 points.
- An American serviceman in South Korea has been infected.
- The Philippines has banned travellers from South Korea's North Gyeongsang province.
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The Latest Stats
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Confirmed Cases by Country / Region
- 78,064 Mainland China
- 1,261 South Korea
- 705 Others
- 322 Italy
- 178 Japan
- 139 Iran
- 91 Singapore
- 89 Hong Kong
- 57 US
- 40 Thailand
- 32 Taiwan
- 23 Bahrain
- 22 Australia
- 22 Malaysia
- 18 Germany
- 16 Vietnam
- 14 France
- 13 United Arab Emirates
- 13 UK
- 11 Canada
- 11 Kuwait
- December 8: First patient develops symptoms of coronavirus in Wuhan.
- December 31: Earliest cases of virus reported to World Health Organization (WHO).
- January 1: Seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, is closed for disinfection.
- January 7: Chinese authorities confirm they have identified the virus as a novel coronavirus.
- January 9: First person dies of the virus, though his death wasn't announced until January 11.
- January 13: Thailand reports its first case -- a Chinese national who had arrived from Wuhan.
- January 16: Japan confirms its first case.
- January 21: The United States confirms its first case.
- January 23: Wuhan and several other cities are placed on lockdown, and Lunar New Year celebrations are canceled across China. WHO says virus is not yet a public health emergency of international concern.
- January 28: Death toll tops 100. The number of confirmed cases in mainland China overtakes the deadly 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
- January 30: WHO declares a public health emergency of international concern.
- February 2: A Chinese man dies in the Philippines -- the first coronavirus death outside China.
- February 4: The Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked under quarantine in Japan's Yokohama Bay with more than 3,700 people on board.
- February 6: Death toll tops 500 globally.
- February 7: Chinese whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who was targeted by Wuhan police, dies of the coronavirus. Chinese social media is flooded with grief, anger, and calls for freedom of speech.
- February 8: The US Embassy in Beijing confirms that a US national died in Wuhan on February 6, marking the first confirmed death of a non-Chinese national.
- February 11: Death toll tops 1,000 globally. The WHO names the coronavirus Covid-19.
- February 15: The first coronavirus death in Europe is confirmed.
- February 17: American passengers on the Diamond Princess are evacuated out of Japan.
- February 20: Death toll tops 2,000 globally.
- February 23: Cases in South Korea surge past 600 after several hundred new infections were reported in 48 hours, with more than half the cases linked to a branch of a religious group. Italy also sees a spike -- cases rise from three to 152 over the same weekend.
European stocks drop as the spreading coronavirus hits travel shares https://t.co/iDDgv3bPQG— Bloomberg (@business) February 26, 2020