Coronavirus outbreak: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive, say reports

Brazil, Mar 13: As the global Coronavirus death toll crossed 5,000 and has infected as many as 1,34,530, countries across the world are on caution and are undertaking severe precautionary steps to combat the contagious virus. While China’s Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, has seen a drop in fresh cases, the country on Friday confirmed eight deaths, taking the toll to 3,176.
Local media reports emerged late Friday evening that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has also tested positive. US President Donald Trump, however, said he was not concerned about 64-year old Bolsonaro being monitored after both of them met at a Florida resort, last weekend. The Brazil President’s communications director, Fabio Wajngarten who tested positive for Covid-19 recently, had also traveled with Bolsonaro to meet Trump.
Italy, the European epicentre of the virus outbreak and the hardest-hit country outside Wuhan, has registered over 1,000 deaths with more than 15,000 testing positive. Iran, which is yet another world’s worst affected countries, again registered the highest single-day toll today with 85 deaths, taking the total to 514.
Besides these, over 120 countries have reported the infection. Trinidad and Tobago as well as Ghana reported their first cases, while Algeria, Azerbaijan, Greece, India, Norway and Poland recorded their first fatalities.
Asian shares plunged, then recovered slightly as markets continued to reel from uncertainty over the coronavirus crisis. Benchmarks in Japan, Thailand and India sank as much as 10% following Wall Street’s biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 fell nearly 6%. As the climbing season draws close, Nepal has closed all of its Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest because of heightening Coronavirus fears, a government minister was quoted as saying by Reuters. Nepal is home to eight of world’s 14 highest peaks and earns over $4.4 million a year through permit fees from climbers.