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Global Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
(Updated - March 09, 2020)
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”) a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.
With 100 countries confirming coronavirus cases, and several countries reporting suspected cases, the outbreak has already placed the world on a public health high-alert.
Here list the top ten most affected countries by the Covid-19 coronavirus:
China, including Hong Kong and Macau, is the worst affected country by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, officially named Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).China has 17,721 confirmed cases and has recorded 3136 deaths as of 09 March.
The number of cases in China, however, has been on the decline starting March due to the rapid control measures and response by the Chinese government.
South Korea is hit the most by coronavirus infection outside China due to its proximity to the latter. Coronavirus cases in South Korea started surging in February and are currently close to reaching 7,500.
Deaths due to coronavirus in South Korea reached 53. The country is being assisted by China, whose experience in containing the outbreak has resulted in controlling the local spread of the epidemic.
Coronavirus is getting severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Travel to Italy and Italians travelling to other countries during the outbreak has been traced to have caused Covid-19 spread.
Northern Italy, where the majority of the Italian Covid-19 cases are recorded, is kept on a high alert with affected cities locked-down. The Italian government’s early measures such as closing educational institutions temporarily might have limited the spread, although the aged population remains a concern.
Coronavirus deaths in Italy are 366 as of 09 March.
Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has 6,566 confirmed cases and has recorded 194 deaths. Iran has been suspected to have delayed acknowledging the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.
A number of countries have traced their coronavirus-infected cases having been contracted during travel to Iran. Many government officials and politicians including MPs in Iran have contracted coronavirus, some of who died.
Amid fears of further coronavirus spread, Iran announced the temporary release of approximately 70,000 prisoners, according to Mizan news agency.
France is the second most-affected European nation by the 2019 coronavirus. Covid-19 nCoV cases in France have crossed 1,200.
The French government has banned public gatherings involving more than 1,000 people. The popular Louvre Museum in Paris was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The Paris city has reported Covid-19 coronavirus-positive cases, apart from other regions including Amiens, Bordeaux, and Eastern Haute-Savoie.
A worker at Disneyland Paris was reported by Reuters as having contracted the coronavirus. France currently has only a few clusters with coronavirus. The ongoing outbreak remains a concern to the French tourism industry as coronavirus fears are resulting in a drop in visitors.
Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, also has hundreds of coronavirus-positive cases, which stand at 1,151 currently.
Similar to its neighbour France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds in order to prevent spread. Trade fair, The Hannover Messe, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak situation.
No coronavirus deaths have occurred in Germany so far, though.
Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish Covid-19 nCoV-infected cases have got closer to 1,000 as of 09 March.
Spain is the fourth most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll has increased to 25 making the government and citizens nervous.
Tourism, a crucial sector for Spain, is expected to face an adverse impact due to the global coronavirus fears. The Spanish government has advised companies to ask employees to work from home to avoid spread.
Coronavirus situation in the US is grim with the cases and deaths increasing fast. The US Covid-19 cases reached 566 and the death toll reached 22 , and still new cases emerging every day.
Community spread and delayed testing is currently a major concern to Americans as enough test kits are not available across states.U.S. health officials announced they would send out test kits for as many as 400,000 people by the end of this week, however, only 1,583 people in the U.S. have been tested for COVID-19 through the CDC tests(as of March 7).
Japan was among the countries that reported first coronavirus cases early following the Wuhan outbreak. In addition to the cases reported on cruise ship Diamond Princess docked in Japanese waters, the country reported 511 Covid-19 cases as of 09 March.
The Japanese government’s response to containing the spread among those onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship met with criticism.
Japan has witnessed 17 deaths due to coronavirus and is likely to feel an impact on travel and trade.
Switzerland, a popular tourist destination, is the fifth most affected European country by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The positive Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Switzerland, whose borders are close to Milan, Italy, reached 374.
Some of the major cities in Switzerland, such as Geneva and Zurich, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.
Two deaths have been reported in Switzerland due to coronavirus. The Swiss hotel and tourism industries will be affected if the coronavirus situation continues to stay for long.
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