A 90 – year-old Bulgarian woman has become the first to die of the coronavirus in the country, its health ministry said today.
The woman was taken to an emergency hospital in Sofia yesterday with severe pneumonia. She was the sixth Bulgarian with a confirmed coronavirus infection.
The country’s first four confirmed cases were only announced on Sunday.
First death reported in Ireland
The Irish Times reports
It says that the patient, understood to be elderly, died in the east of the republic, where they had been treated in recent days after initially presenting with respiratory symptoms.
Ireland has 46 confirmed cases to date.
Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gave the House oversight committee the latest official figures on the US outbreak – (national cases in) states plus the District of Columbia, and deaths in the United States.
He said the CDC diagnostic test is now in (US public health labs in all states, with the capacity in the public health system to test up to 99, 14 people.
On 2 March, the administration promised that a million tests would be available by the end of that week. Carolyn Maloney, the committee chair, wanted to know why the actual number is so much lower and why “South Korea can test more people in one day than we tested over the past two months”.
Redfield said that a test had been developed quickly but added:
We rapidly tried to expand that and scale it up with a contractor so each public health lab in this country would have that test. During that process of quality control we found that one of the reagents wasn’t working appropriately. And we had to modify that with the FDA, and that took several weeks to get that completed.
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European travel restricted in Malta
Travel between Malta and Switzerland, Germany, France and Spain is being banned as from midnight tonight, the government has announced, according to the
Times of Malta (@ TheTimesofMalta)