UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide – on Friday it became known about the first confirmed cases of infection in Belarus, Lithuania, Nigeria and New Zealand.
The number of countries where a new virus has been fixed has exceeded 50.
UN Secretary General António Guterres called for “urgent action.” According to him, the situation is approaching a pandemic.
The World Health Organization is not in a hurry to declare a pandemic. Its CEO, Tedros Adan Gebreyesus, said the situation outside of China is a matter of concern, but “decisive early action can prevent the spread of the virus until it has gained strength.” He cited eight countries as an example, including Russia, where the coronavirus was previously detected, but no new cases have been recorded in the last two weeks.
The situation continues to negatively affect the economy. Decrease in trading on major Asian exchanges ended, key US indices collapsed by about 4.5%. Dow Jones lost almost 1,200 points, which was the most serious fall in its history, if you count in points.
According to AP and Bloomberg, this week has already become the most unlucky for the US stock market since October 2008.
The Mosbirzhi and RTS indices retreated to the levels of October 2019 – at the opening, they fell below 2800 and 1350 points, respectively.
World oil prices are also falling – May futures for Brent on Friday morning fell by almost 3%, the price approaches $ 50 per barrel. The last time she was below this level in the summer of 2017.
– Virus spread –
In China, 327 new infections have been confirmed over the past 24 hours, 44 people have died.
Thus, according to authorities, more than 78.8 thousand people have become ill since the outbreak of the coronavirus, about 36.1 thousand of them recovered. The number of victims of the virus almost reached 2.8 thousand.
In South Korea, which has become the largest focus of infection outside the PRC, the number of infected has exceeded 2 thousand, 13 people have died. Hyundai Motor was forced to suspend production at one of its plants in Ulsan due to a coronavirus from a staff member. The South Korean stock index KOSPI fell by more than 2%.
In Japan (more than 900 cases, 8 dead), authorities officially asked to temporarily close all schools in the country due to the threat of the spread of coronavirus. The main Japanese stock exchange index Nikkei on Friday fell 3.67% (during the day the decline reached 4.5%), the TOPIX index fell 3.65%. Thus, the main indicators of the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell to the lowest level since September 2019.
The situation in Italy remains difficult (650 infected, 17 victims). From March 5, Russia decided to cancel the Moscow-Nice train, the route of which passes through Italian territory. The services of Aeroflot and Alitalia flights arriving in Sheremetyevo from Italy were transferred to Terminal F, where they operate aircraft from China and South Korea. The Russians were advised to refrain from traveling to Italy.
The number of people infected in the United States doubled – at least 33 new cases were detected in California. Vice President Michael Pence, tasked with coordinating the fight against the spread of coronavirus, nevertheless assured that the threat of an epidemic in the country remains low.
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