COVID-19 Update 24 February 2020

Today's biggest headline:

Fears are growing that the coronavirus outbreak could reach pandemic scale as more cases emerge around the world.

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Today's Biggest Developments

  • WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Friday that the window of opportunity to contain the virus was "narrowing". "The tipping point after which [we lose] our ability to prevent a global pandemic seems a lot closer after the past 24 hours," he said on Monday.
  • Gold surged to its highest price in seven years as stock markets around the world tumbled.
  • Iran said on Sunday it had 61 confirmed cases of the virus, most of them in the holy city of Qom. Twelve of those infected have died, the highest number of deaths outside China.
  • North Korea has quarantined 380 foreigners.
  • South Korea - which has the largest number of confirmed cases outside China - reported another 231 infections on Monday taking the total there to more than 830. Eight people have died.
  • Italy has the largest number of cases in Europe, 165, and announced a series of drastic measures over the weekend to try to contain the outbreak.

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The Latest Stats



+0.5% since Friday



+15.4% since Friday



+32.5% since Friday

COVID-19 Growth

Confirmed Cases by Country / Region

  • 77,150 Mainland China
  • 833 South Korea
  • 691 Others
  • 230 Italy
  • 159 Japan
  • 89 Singapore
  • 79 Hong Kong
  • 61 Iran
  • 35 Thailand
  • 35 US
  • 30 Taiwan
  • 22 Australia
  • 22 Malaysia
  • 16 Germany
  • 16 Vietnam
  • 13 United Arab Emirates
  • 13 UK
  • 12 France
  • 10 Canada
  • 10 Macau
  • 3 Kuwait
  • 3 Philippines
  • 3 India
  • 2 Russia
  • 2 Spain
  • 2 Oman
  • 1 Afghanistan
  • 1 Nepal
  • 1 Cambodia
  • 1 Bahrain
  • 1 Israel
  • 1 Belgium
  • 1 Lebanon
  • 1 Finland
  • 1 Sweden
  • 1 Iraq
  • 1 Egypt
  • 1 Sri Lanka

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Attention is moving away from China, where numbers were never really very reliable anyway, and toward the rest of the world. While not formally classified as a pandemic yet, COVID-19’s intractable march outward and ability to pop up in unexpected places has the hallmarks of one.

The economic and political implications of coronavirus are just beginning to ripple out. If you work in a manufacturing job that gets products from China, it would be sensible to ensure you have enough savings to skip a few paychecks.

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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