COVID-19 Update 26 February 2020

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
  • 10 Macau
  • 9 Spain
  • 5 Iraq
  • 4 Oman
  • 3 India
  • 3 Philippines
  • 2 Israel
  • 2 Russia
  • 2 Austria
  • 1 Afghanistan
  • 1 Nepal
  • 1 Cambodia
  • 1 Algeria
  • 1 Belgium
  • 1 Finland
  • 1 Sweden
  • 1 Croatia
  • 1 Switzerland
  • 1 Egypt
  • 1 Lebanon
  • 1 Sri Lanka

  • Update Timeline

    • 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.

    Carter Hopkins

    Carter is a former US Army Ranger, US Army intelligence officer, and counterintelligence officer with the Defence Intelligence Agency. He has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown.

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