BEIJING, March 1: A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 86,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.
The latest figures, based on WHO and national counts:
— Mainland China: 2,870 deaths among 79,824 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei
— Hong Kong: 94 cases, 2 deaths
— Macao: 10 cases
— South Korea: 3,526 cases, 17 deaths
— Italy: 1,128 cases, 29 deaths
— Japan: 947 cases, including 705 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, 12 deaths