Baby diagnosed with coronavirus in Australia

Maltese Health Ministry launches specific Co-Vid19 website

A woman wearing a face mask is seen on a street as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, China March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

A baby in South Australia has been diagnosed with coronavirus after its mum first came down with the illness.

South Australia Health announced the baby and another new case this afternoon, taking the total number of cases for the state to seven according to reports in Australian media. The baby belongs to a 40-year-old woman who was also diagnosed with the virus after just returning from Iran.

In Iran, the health ministry said on Tuesday that 92 people had died so far from coronavirus, one of the highest death tolls outside China where the epidemic originated late last year. It said 2,922 people had been infected with the disease.

Italy‘s tally of deaths rose to 107 on Wednesday, with the number of cases since the outbreak surfaced 13 days ago climbing to more than 3,000.  Meanwhile, the government of Italy said that it is likely to increase to 5 billion euros (4.4 billion pounds) the value of measures to help its economy withstand Europe’s largest coronavirus outbreak, Deputy Economy Minister Laura Castelli said on Thursday. 

On Wednesday, Rome imposed stringent measures to tackle the virus, closing all schools and universities and taking other emergency steps.

Mainland China reported a rise in new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Thursday, reversing three straight days of declines, because of a spike in new infections in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak. Mainland China had 139 new confirmed cases as of Wednesday, the National Health Commission (NHC) said, bringing the total accumulated number of cases to 80,409. Authorities reported 119 new cases the previous day and 125 the day before that. The increase was driven by more cases in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, where the virus is believed to have emerged in a market late last year. There was no immediate elaboration and health officials were due to hold a briefing later in the day.

In the U.S. death toll from coronavirus infections rose to 11 on Wednesday as new cases emerged around New York City and Los Angeles, while Seattle-area health officials discouraged social gatherings amid the nation’s largest outbreak. The person had underlying health problems and likely had been exposed on a cruise ship voyage between San Francisco and Mexico last month.

Meanwhile, Israel on Wednesday ordered travellers arriving from Germany, France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland to go into home quarantine over coronavirus concerns and cancelled a military exercise with troops from the U.S. European Command.

The measure effectively cut off foreign tourism from those countries, whose citizens, the Health Ministry said, would not be allowed into Israel unless they could show they had made quarantine arrangements ahead of time.

In Malta, the recommendation for self-quarantine remains for those countries and regions where there is high sustained transmission which are as previously notified:

  1. Northern part of Italy – Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Emilia Romagna
  2. China, including Hong Kong
  3. Singapore
  4. Japan
  5. Iran
  6. South Korea

The government of Malta has also reminded the general public that it can call the COVID-19 helpline on 21324086 or visit a specific website www.covid19.gov.mt.