Amazon is informing employees that one of its Seattle-based workers has been diagnosed with coronavirus.
According to a mass email for all staff members in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, the employee infected with the novel coronavirus became ill on February 25 and has not been back to work since that time.
The company said it has directly notified all coworkers who had been in close contact with the patient. The worker was based at the downtown office building the company refers to as Amazon Brazil, according to the email.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the email to CNN, adding, “We’re supporting the affected employee.”
It was not immediately clear whether the case was included in Washington state’s count of coronavirus patients in King County, which stood at 21 on Monday.
One week ago, Iran had fewer than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, Iranian authorities said there were 2,336 confirmed cases, making the Middle Eastern country one of the worst affected in the world.
There are now 77 confirmed deaths from coronavirus, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said on state TV Tuesday.
Here's what's going on:
From CNN's Eric Cheung in Hong Kong
Australia has confirmed two new cases of novel coronavirus in New South Wales, bringing the country's total to 40, Health Minister Greg Hunt said.
Speaking during an interview with CNN affiliate Sky News Australia on Wednesday, Hunt said the two patients are a man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s.
According to a news release from the New South Wales government, the man began feeling unwell after he arrived in Australia from Iran on Sunday.
The woman had not traveled outside of Australia and is believed to have acquired the illness locally, the news release added.
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There are seven new cases of novel coronavirus confirmed in Malaysia, bringing the country's total to 36, Noor Hisham Abdullah, the director general of Health Malaysia, announced on Twitter Tuesday.
The director general said all the new cases are close contacts of a patient who previously contracted the virus and they are currently in a stable condition.
From CNN’s Shanshan Wang in Beijing
At least 3,200 people around the world have died from coronavirus and 92,862 have been infected.
In China, another 38 people died as of the end of Tuesday, bringing the death toll in mainland China to 2,981, according to China’s National Health Commission (NHC).
Of the 38 people who died, 37 were in Hubei province, where the outbreak began
Confirmed cases in mainland China increased by 119, as of the end of Tuesday, with 115 in Hubei.
In total, 80,270 people have been infected with coronavirus in mainland China since the start of the outbreak. According to the NHC, a total of 49,856 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.
A total of 219 deaths have been recorded outside mainland China.
Here's the breakdown: