Countries where coronavirus has been confirmed

By | March 2, 2020

Coronavirus is jumping borders, with at least 67 countries having now confirmed at least one case of infection.

Stock markets around the world have been savaged, and countries are scrambling to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, implementing emergency plans and travel restrictions on the worst-affected places.

“We are in uncharted territory,” World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in a briefing.

The viral outbreak that began in China two months ago has infected nearly 90,000 people globally and killed more than 3000.

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Bruce Aylward, the leader of a joint WHO-China mission of experts, warned countries they needed to do more to get ready for coronavirus cases.

“Think the virus is going to show up tomorrow. If you don’t think that way, you’re not going to be ready,” he said.

“This is a rapidly escalating epidemic in different places that we have got to tackle super fast to prevent a pandemic.”

CHINA

Confirmed cases: 80,025

Deaths: 2912

The epidemic is believed to have peaked in China between January 23 and February 2.

Most cases in other countries around the world have involved people who travelled from China, where the outbreak originated in the city of Wuhan.

While more than 2500 people have died from the disease in China, the WHO concluded on February 24 that the measures imposed by the Chinese government — sealing off cities, shutting down businesses and schools and ordering people to remain indoors — may have saved hundreds of thousands of people from infection.

“There’s no question that China’s bold approach to the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of what was a rapidly escalating and continues to be a deadly epidemic,” said Dr Bruce Aylward, who led the WHO delegation.

There are concerns, however, that as people begin returning to work in China, the virus could flare up again.

SOUTH KOREA

Confirmed cases: 4335

Deaths: 26

South Korea is struggling to deal with the growing coronavirus crisis, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise.

Within a week, confirmed cases jumped from a few dozen to more than 900, with the fringe Christian group Shincheonji Church identified by authorities as the heart of the country’s outbreak.

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Jung Eun-kyeong, director of the South Korean Centre for Disease Control, suggested that “there is a possibility that the characteristics of many people sitting close together in a very confined space and holding service for more than an hour” would have led to “a few who were exposed infecting other infectees”.

ITALY

Confirmed cases: 1835

Deaths: 52

In Europe, Italy is the country that’s been hit the hardest, with the number of reported cases rising 45 per cent in one day on February 26.

Schools, museums and theatres in the two regions where the clusters have formed have been closed, and troops are enforcing quarantines around towns in Lombardy and the epicentre of the Veneto cluster, Vo’Euganeo.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte acknowledged that the rise in cases was “worrisome”, but that he trusted that “with the measures we’ve implemented there will be a containing effect in the coming days”.

Authorities have advised people aged 65 and over to stay at home as much as possible over the next fortnight as the region tries to contain the virus.

National health institute officials said it could be 10 to 14 days before it is known if Italy’s restrictive measures is slowing the spread of the virus.

IRAN

Confirmed cases: 1501

Deaths: 66

The worsening situation in Iran has been accompanied by concern for its top leaders after a member of the council that advises the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader died of COVID-19.

Despite civilian authorities’ calls to close them, Major Shiite shrines remain open, and the holy cities of Mashhad and Qom have had high numbers of infections.

The country’s deputy health minister tested positive for the virus last week, just hours after he appeared pale and sweaty in a TV press conference downplaying the crisis.

An MP from the capital Tehran, Mahmoud Sadeghi, also said he had tested positive for the virus, and according to Reuters tweeted that he didn’t “have a lot of hope of continuing life in this world”.

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Officials have urged people to stay indoors, although there is no mandatory quarantine.

JAPAN

Confirmed cases: 961

Deaths: 8

Speculation is mounting as to whether the 2020 Olympic Games, which begin on July 24 in Tokyo, will be cancelled as a result of coronavirus.

While organisers, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have all insisted cancellation is not being considered, one of the IOC’s most senior members said that the future of the Tokyo Games is largely out of the IOC’s hands and depends on the course the virus takes.

Dick Pound, the committee’s longest-serving member, estimated there is a three, possibly even two, month window to decide the fate of the games, meaning a decision could be put off until late May.

FRANCE

Confirmed cases: 191

Deaths: 2

GERMANY

Confirmed cases: 150

SPAIN

Confirmed cases: 120

SINGAPORE

Confirmed cases: 106

HONG KONG

Confirmed cases: 98

Deaths: 2

UNITED STATES

Confirmed cases: 96

Deaths: 6

Washington state health authorities now say four more people have died from coronavirus, bringing America’s death toll to six.

Researchers said earlier that the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in Washington state, where officials said a lab was testing hundreds of people each day.

In New York, where a woman in her 30s was identified as the city’s first case, governor Andrew Cuomo said there was “no doubt” more cases would be identified.

“We’re a gateway to the world. People are going to test positive, not just one or two or three or five, there will be many who test positive,” he said.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned the American public to prepare for an outbreak of the disease.

“We expect we will see community spread in this country,” said CDC’s Nancy Messonnier.

“It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but the rather more correct question to be asking is, ‘When this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness?’”

BAHRAIN

Confirmed cases: 47

KUWAIT

Confirmed cases: 45

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THAILAND

Confirmed cases: 43

Deaths: 1

TAIWAN

Confirmed cases: 41

Deaths: 1

UK

Confirmed cases: 36

MALAYSIA

Confirmed cases: 29

AUSTRALIA

Confirmed cases: 29

Deaths: 1

Australia has had its first human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, days after its first virus death.

Chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy said an outbreak in Australia was likely inevitable, stating “it’s no longer possible to absolutely prevent new cases coming in”.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has suggested Australians think twice before shaking or hands or kissing, and advised people to be “cautious but not alarmed”.

James Kwan, a 78-year-old retired travel agent from Perth, was diagnosed with the virus after going on the infected Diamond Princess cruise ship, and spent his final moments alone because he was quarantined.

Mr Kwan’s death comes after the Australian government activated its emergency response plan for global pandemics, entitled “The COVID-19 plan”.

“The novel coronavirus outbreak represents a significant risk to Australia,” the document says. “It has the potential to cause high levels of morbidity and mortality and to disrupt our community socially and economically.”

SWITZERLAND

Confirmed cases: 27

CANADA

Confirmed cases: 22

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Confirmed cases: 21

IRAQ

Confirmed cases: 21

NORWAY

Confirmed cases: 19

NETHERLANDS

Confirmed cases: 18

VIETNAM

Confirmed cases: 16

SWEDEN

Confirmed cases: 14

AUSTRIA

Confirmed cases: 14

MACAU

Confirmed cases: 10

LEBANON

Confirmed cases: 10

ISRAEL

Confirmed cases: 10

SAN MARINO

Confirmed cases: 8

GREECE

Confirmed cases: 7

CROATIA

Confirmed cases: 7

FINLAND

Confirmed cases: 6

OMAN

Confirmed cases: 6

ECUADOR

Confirmed cases: 6

INDIA

Confirmed cases: 5

MEXICO

Confirmed cases: 5

PAKISTAN

Confirmed cases: 4

DENMARK

Confirmed cases: 4

PHILIPPINES

Confirmed cases: 3

Deaths: 1

ALGERIA

Confirmed cases: 3

GEORGIA

Confirmed cases: 3

ROMANIA

Confirmed cases: 3

AZERBAIJAN

Confirmed cases: 3

CZECH REPUBLIC

Confirmed cases: 3

ICELAND

Confirmed cases: 3

QATAR

Confirmed cases: 3

BRAZIL

Confirmed cases: 2

BELGIUM

Confirmed cases: 2

RUSSIA

Confirmed cases: 2

EGYPT

Confirmed cases: 2

NEPAL

Confirmed cases: 1

NEW ZEALAND

Confirmed cases: 1

AFGHANISTAN

Confirmed cases: 1

NORTH MACEDONIA

Confirmed cases: 1

ESTONIA

Confirmed cases: 1

NIGERIA

Confirmed cases: 1

BELARUS

Confirmed cases: 1

LITHUANIA

Confirmed cases: 1

MONACO

Confirmed cases: 1

IRELAND

Confirmed cases: 1

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Confirmed cases: 1

SENEGAL

Confirmed cases: 1

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