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As global deaths approach 150,000, the WHO says it will issue guidance over the weekend on serologic testing.
Three main hot spots saw no slowdown in cases, and Argentina and Chile became the latest countries in the Americas to report their first cases.
As concerns deepen about Iran, the WHO is in the process of sending a mission to the country, with UAE help.
The JAMA study reveals a 49% death rate in critically ill patients; for a much smaller study it was 62%.
Also today, 79 more Diamond Princess infections were reported—raising cruise ship totals to 621— and the WHO details stepped-up response measures regarding the Westerdam ship in Cambodia.
While officials investigate imported cases not apparently linked directly to China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, says, "This is still first and foremost an emergency for China."
In a new Q&A, the WHO answers common questions and dispels myths.
Australia has barred travelers from China, a move the US took yesterday.
The main worry is the possible effect on weaker nations.
Outbreak cases top 6,000 in China, with 133 deaths now confirmed, while Finland and the United Arab Emirates record their first cases and other countries report disease spread.
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