Countries where coronavirus has been confirmed

By | March 11, 2020

Coronavirus is jumping borders, with at least 100 countries having now confirmed at least one case of infection.

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

“Now that the coronavirus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real,” World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in a briefing.

The viral outbreak that began in China three months ago has infected more than 122,000 people globally and killed more than 4500 people.

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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: 80,921

Deaths: 3161

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 close to 4000 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.

The WHO said that of about 80,000 people who have been sickened by COVID-19 in China, more than 70 per cent have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

ITALY

Confirmed cases: 12462

Deaths: 827

Outside of China, Italy is the country that’s been hit the hardest, causing the government to take drastic action in an attempt to slow the virus outbreak.

The Prime Minister announced a sweeping coronavirus quarantine that will affect about a quarter of the country’s population.

The entire Lombardy region in the country’s north, including Milan and at least 15 provinces in neighbouring regions, are now in lockdown.

Entry and exit to affected areas is forbidden, weddings and funerals banned, cinemas, gyms, pubs and museums closed. Anyone violating the new law can be arrested and fined.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has also restricted travel nationwide.

IRAN

Confirmed cases: 9000

Deaths: 354

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, 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”.

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

Iran is the only country other than China that Australians have been banned from travelling to.

SOUTH KOREA

Confirmed cases: 7755

Deaths: 61

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.

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”.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has now extended Australia’s coronavirus travel ban to South Korea. Any Australian citizens or permanent residents returning from Korea will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days when they return home.

SPAIN

Confirmed cases: 2231

Deaths: 54

GERMANY

Confirmed cases: 1908

Deaths: 3

FRANCE

Confirmed cases: 1784

Deaths: 33

JAPAN

Confirmed cases: 1277

Deaths: 16

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.

UNITED STATES

Confirmed cases: 1107

Deaths: 32

At least eight states in America have declared states of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak as the number of deaths and infections steadily increases.

Washington, Florida, California, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Utah and Oregon have made the declarations, and will now be able to tap into their emergency resources including the activation of reserves of emergency volunteer healthcare professionals.

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.

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?’”

SWITZERLAND

Confirmed cases: 613

Deaths: 4

NORWAY

Confirmed cases: 598

NETHERLANDS

Confirmed cases: 503

Deaths: 5

SWEDEN

Confirmed cases: 500

Deaths: 1

DENMARK

Confirmed cases: 442

UK

Confirmed cases: 373

Deaths: 6

BELGIUM

Confirmed cases: 314

Deaths: 3

QATAR

Confirmed cases: 262

AUSTRIA

Confirmed cases: 206

SINGAPORE

Confirmed cases: 178

MALAYSIA

Confirmed cases: 149

AUSTRALIA

Confirmed cases: 149

Deaths: 3

Australia now has more than 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus, following its third death from the disease.

The 82-year-old man was from the same aged care facility in Sydney’s north where a 95-year-old female, who became the second Australian to die after becoming infected with coronavirus, was also a resident.

Both the man and woman lived at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge nursing home facility at Sydney’s Macquarie Park, where a 50-year-old worker was diagnosed with the virus last week, NSW Health confirmed in a statement.

Australia’s first victim, 78-year-old retired travel agent James Kwan, 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 came 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.”

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”.

HONG KONG

Confirmed cases: 120

Deaths: 3

BAHRAIN

Confirmed cases: 110

CANADA

Confirmed cases: 101

Deaths: 2

GREECE

Confirmed cases: 90

ICELAND

Confirmed cases: 85

ISRAEL

Confirmed cases: 79

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Confirmed cases: 74

KUWAIT

Confirmed cases: 72

IRAQ

Confirmed cases: 71

Deaths: 7

CZECH REPUBLIC

Confirmed cases: 63

LEBANON

Confirmed cases: 61

Deaths: 3

SAN MARINO

Confirmed cases: 60

Deaths: 2

EGYPT

Confirmed cases: 60

Deaths: 1

INDIA

Confirmed cases: 60

Deaths: 1

THAILAND

Confirmed cases: 59

Deaths: 1

FINLAND

Confirmed cases: 59

PORTUGAL

Confirmed cases: 59

SLOVENIA

Confirmed cases: 57

PHILIPPINES

Confirmed cases: 49

Deaths: 1

TAIWAN

Confirmed cases: 47

Deaths: 1

BRAZIL

Confirmed cases: 37

VIETNAM

Confirmed cases: 35

IRELAND

Confirmed cases: 34

Deaths: 1

INDONESIA

Confirmed cases: 34

Deaths: 1

ROMANIA

Confirmed cases: 32

POLAND

Confirmed cases: 27

WEST BANK & GAZA

Confirmed cases: 26

GEORGIA

Confirmed cases: 23

SAUDI ARABIA

Confirmed cases: 21

ALGERIA

Confirmed cases: 20

RUSSIA

Confirmed cases: 20

ARGENTINA

Confirmed cases: 19

Deaths: 1

PAKISTAN

Confirmed cases: 19

OMAN

Confirmed cases: 18

ECUADOR

Confirmed cases: 17

CHILE

Confirmed cases: 17

CROATIA

Confirmed cases: 16

COSTA RICA

Confirmed cases: 13

ESTONIA

Confirmed cases: 13

SOUTH AFRICA

Confirmed cases: 13

ALBANIA

Confirmed cases: 12

HUNGARY

Confirmed cases: 12

SERBIA

Confirmed cases: 12

AZERBAIJAN

Confirmed cases: 11

PERU

Confirmed cases: 11

MACAU

Confirmed cases: 10

SLOVAKIA

Confirmed cases: 10

LATVIA

Confirmed cases: 10

BELARUS

Confirmed cases:9

COLOMBIA

Confirmed cases: 9

PANAMA

Confirmed cases: 8

MALDIVES

Confirmed cases: 8

AFGHANISTAN

Confirmed cases: 7

MEXICO

Confirmed cases: 7

LUXEMBOURG

Confirmed cases: 7

NORTH MACEDONIA

Confirmed cases: 7

TUNISIA

Confirmed cases: 7

BULGARIA

Confirmed cases: 6

BRUNEI

Confirmed cases: 6

MALTA

Confirmed cases: 6

CYPRUS

Confirmed cases: 6

MOROCCO

Confirmed cases: 5

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Confirmed cases: 5

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Confirmed cases: 5

NEW ZEALAND

Confirmed cases: 5

PARAGUAY

Confirmed cases: 5

SENEGAL

Confirmed cases: 4

BANGLADESH

Confirmed cases: 3

CAMBODIA

Confirmed cases: 3

LITHUANIA

Confirmed cases: 3

MOLDOVA

Confirmed cases: 3

BURKINA FASO

Confirmed cases: 2

BOLIVIA

Confirmed cases: 2

CAMEROON

Confirmed cases: 2

FAROE ISLANDS

Confirmed cases: 2

HONDURUS

Confirmed cases: 2

SRI LANKA

Confirmed cases: 2

NIGERIA

Confirmed cases: 2

ARMENIA

Confirmed cases: 1

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Confirmed cases: 1

BHUTAN

Confirmed cases: 1

JAMAICA

Confirmed cases: 1

JORDAN

Confirmed cases: 1

MONACO

Confirmed cases: 1

MONGOLIA

Confirmed cases: 1

NEPAL

Confirmed cases: 1

TOGO

Confirmed cases: 1

TURKEY

Confirmed cases: 1

UKRAINE

Confirmed cases: 1

VATICAN CITY

Confirmed cases: 1

ANDORRA

Confirmed cases: 1

GIBRALTAR

Confirmed cases: 1

LICHTENSTEIN

Confirmed cases: 1

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