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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
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
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.

Italy
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
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
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
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.

Spain
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.

USA
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
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
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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  • terrible!! Now there are more than 100 countries with coronavirus cases!!!!
  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    terrible!! Now there are more than 100 countries with coronavirus cases!!!!
    Take care, guys!!!
  • masayang_pinoymasayang_pinoy Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Coronavirus cases in the United States approach 1,000 and death toll from coronavirus rises to 30, thanks to Trump's ignorance of this deadly disease.
  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    Italy yesterday expanded its COVID-19 lockdown to include the whole country, affecting about 60 million people, as the World Health Organization (WHO) today said the threat of a pandemic from the COVID-19 virus is very real, signaling a tone of increased urgency.
  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    The Philippines yesterday declared a health emergency, which was followed by an announcement of 10 more confirmed cases, raising the country's total to 20. 
  • More than 10,000 people in Italy have coronavirus


    A total of 631 people have died from the virus in the country, the Italian Civil Protection department said Tuesday, up from 463 the day prior.

    On Monday, the country extended the lockdown to include the entire nation after some 16 million people in the country’s “red zone” in Venice and Milan were ordered to isolate on Sunday.

    “We all have to renounce something for the good of Italy,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a news conference announcing the quarantine.

    “We have to do it immediately,” he added.

    Italy’s government has urged residents to not leave their homes unless they’re going to work, to visit a doctor or for necessary grocery items.

    A total of 10,149 people have contracted the virus in the country since the outbreak first hit Italy last month..

  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    Coronavirus cases in the United States approach 1,000 and death toll from coronavirus rises to 30, thanks to Trump's ignorance of this deadly disease.

    Trump still insists that all these are fake news, see the following:

    The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, "The risk is low to the average American."

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

    He is not telling the truth and choosing to pretend this is a fake problem and, worse, seems to think he can convince the country and the world that it is, too.

  • libren_anginlibren_angin Member PEx Rookie ⭐

    Italy’s coronavirus crisis could be America’s

    Three weeks ago, Italy barely had a coronavirus problem. Back then, when there were just three confirmed cases, shops and cafes were open, tourists flowed in and out of the country’s magnificent holiday destinations, and quarantines were relegated to history: 14th-century Venice during the Black Death.

    Now, Italy has the second-highest number of reported Covid-19 cases and deaths outside China: more than 10,100, and more than 630, respectively, as of March 10. Those figures are higher than that of two other coronavirus outbreak centers — Iran and South Korea — and higher than that of any other country in Europe.

    In an effort to slow the spread of infection, the government on Monday announced an extraordinary measure for a Western democracy — one that hasn’t been tried in modern times at the country level: The entire peninsula was put under quarantine orders until, at least, April 3. Even weddings and funerals are banned.

    One big reason for the extreme response: The coronavirus has overwhelmed the country’s health system, particularly in the north. More than 80 percent of the hospital beds in Lombardy, the hardest-hit province, are being occupied by coronavirus patients, according to Bloomberg. Intensive care units are overloaded while elective surgeries have been canceled in the process to free up beds. Stories abound on social media about doctors rationing care, having to choose who among the needy patients showing up should get treatment.

    But hidden behind the official Covid-19 numbers is a much broader health crisis, accumulating across the country. Even greater than the official coronavirus toll may be the collateral damage wrought by an over-stretched health system: The pregnant women and babies, cancer and HIV patients, and children in need of vaccines who are now less likely to get the health care they need.  

  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐

    More than 10,000 people in Italy have coronavirus


    A total of 631 people have died from the virus in the country, the Italian Civil Protection department said Tuesday, up from 463 the day prior.

    On Monday, the country extended the lockdown to include the entire nation after some 16 million people in the country’s “red zone” in Venice and Milan were ordered to isolate on Sunday.

    “We all have to renounce something for the good of Italy,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a news conference announcing the quarantine.

    “We have to do it immediately,” he added.

    Italy’s government has urged residents to not leave their homes unless they’re going to work, to visit a doctor or for necessary grocery items.

    A total of 10,149 people have contracted the virus in the country since the outbreak first hit Italy last month..

    Italy’s government is doing the right thing...According to the Chinese experience and the good result, lockdown is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. God bless Italy!!!
  • masayang_pinoymasayang_pinoy Member PEx Rookie ⭐

    NEVER LOOK DOWN ON THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS


  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐

    NEVER LOOK DOWN ON THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS


     B) 
  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐

    Countries with Confirmed or Suspected Coronavirus Cases  (Updated - March 11, 2020)

    With 109 countries confirming coronavirus cases, and several countries reporting suspected cases, the outbreak has already placed the world on a public health high-alert.

    China

    China witnessed more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 74% of the global coronavirus cases as of 09 March, which quickly came down to approximately 67% by 11 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged.

    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.

    Italy

    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. 

    Iran

    Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has more than 9,000 confirmed cases and has recorded 354 deaths. Iran has been suspected to have delayed acknowledging the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.

    South Korea

    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 7,800.

    Deaths due to coronavirus in South Korea reached 54. The country is being assisted by China, whose experience in containing the outbreak has resulted in controlling the local spread of the epidemic.

    Spain

    Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish Covid-19 nCoV-infected cases got closer to 1,000 in early hours of 09 March and rised sharply to 2,026 by 11 March.

    Spain is the second most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll has increased to 35 making the government and citizens nervous.

    France

    France is the second most-affected European nation by the 2019 coronavirus. Covid-19 nCoV cases in France have reached 1,784.

    Germany

    Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, also has hundreds of coronavirus-positive cases, which stand at 1,622 currently.

    USA

    Coronavirus situation in the US is grim with the cases and deaths increasing fast. The US Covid-19 cases nearly doubled in two days, to cross 1,000 on 11 March, while the death toll passed 30.

    Community spread and delayed testing is currently a major concern to Americans as enough test kits are not available across states.

    Japan

    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 581 Covid-19 cases as of 11 March.

    Japan has witnessed 17 deaths due to coronavirus and is likely to feel an impact on travel and trade.

    Switzerland

    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, crossed 600 on 11 March.

    Three 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. 

  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐

    More than 10,000 people in Italy have coronavirus


    A total of 631 people have died from the virus in the country, the Italian Civil Protection department said Tuesday, up from 463 the day prior.

    On Monday, the country extended the lockdown to include the entire nation after some 16 million people in the country’s “red zone” in Venice and Milan were ordered to isolate on Sunday.

    “We all have to renounce something for the good of Italy,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a news conference announcing the quarantine.

    “We have to do it immediately,” he added.

    Italy’s government has urged residents to not leave their homes unless they’re going to work, to visit a doctor or for necessary grocery items.

    A total of 10,149 people have contracted the virus in the country since the outbreak first hit Italy last month..

    Italy shuts almost all shops after surge in COVID-19 cases as WHO declares a pandemic

  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐

    NEVER LOOK DOWN ON THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS


    Financial markets plunged; Italy ordered nearly all businesses to close; and the World Health Organization declared a pandemic as the virus spread. Take care!
  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    BREAKING:The US is failing to produce even small number of testing kits for COVID-19 extraction despite Trump & Pence statements. Labs and states are worried. Expect next to no availability to continue for weeks. It is vital to self-quarantine.
  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐

    Congressional Doctor Expects 70M to 150M People in US Will Contract Coronavirus 

    Updated on March 11, 2020

    Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court, said he expects 70 million to 150 million people in the United States will become infected with COVID-19, NBC News reported Wednesday, citing two sources.

    Monahan made the comments to Senate staff during a closed-door meeting Tuesday afternoon, according to NBC News. The meeting did not include senators and was for administrative office staff and personnel from both parties, NBC News reported.

    Monahan also told staffers that ultimately, 80 percent of those who contract the coronavirus will be fine, NBC News reported.

    The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the coronavirus, which has rapidly spread to more than 121,000 people, including in the United States, a global pandemic. While the virus is slowing in China where it originated in December, it’s picking up pace across other parts of the world, world health officials said. In the U.S., the number of cases erupted over the last week to more than 1,030 spread across at least 36 states, according to Johns Hopkins.

    Infectious disease experts say the virus so far appears to be deadlier and more contagious than the seasonal flu, with many experts and U.S. health officials saying the mortality rate is likely somewhere around 1%, making it at least 10 times more lethal than the flu. Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard, said earlier this month that he thinks about 40% to 70% of the world’s population could become infected with the virus, and of those, 1% will die.

    During a congressional hearing earlier Wednesday, a top health official said the worst is yet to come with the coronavirus in the United States.

  • crazy legscrazy legs Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited March 13
    Even though children are being infected too they are apparently not getting sick.  Those who are vulnerable are older people and adults with weaker immune systems.  Is this nature's way of "thinning the herd"?

    The 1918 flu outbreak killed many people but today that same flu is relatively harmless to your average person today.  The novel virus will eventually be like that.  Humans will develop a natural immunity after their systems figure it out.  

    I might get infected but not old enough that I think I could die from it.  Not scared of getting infected and getting sick.   I'm just scared that I might be forced to get quarantined.  

    And everything getting cancelled.  NBA, school, public transportation, concerts, public gatherings etc.
  • Herr_StarrHerr_Starr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Best not to dwell on the philosophical questions. 

    One of the best articles I've read has to do with the events around the Diamond Princess cruise ship that spent weeks quarantined in Japan.

    ...But the most straightforward and compelling evidence that the true case fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 is well under 1 percent comes not from statistical trends and methodological massage, but from data from the Diamond Princess cruise outbreak and subsequent quarantine off the coast of Japan.

    A quarantined boat is an ideal—if unfortunate—natural laboratory to study a virus. Many variables normally impossible to control are controlled. We know that all but one patient boarded the boat without the virus. We know that the other passengers were healthy enough to travel. We know their whereabouts and exposures. While the numbers coming out of China are scary, we don’t know how many of those patients were already ill for other reasons. How many were already hospitalized for another life-threatening illness and then caught the virus? How many were completely healthy, caught the virus, and developed a critical illness? In the real world, we just don’t know.

    Here’s the problem with looking at mortality numbers in a general setting: In China, 9 million people die per year, which comes out to 25,000 people every single day, or around 1.5 million people over the past two months alone. A significant fraction of these deaths results from diseases like emphysema/COPD, lower respiratory infections, and cancers of the lung and airway whose symptoms are clinically indistinguishable from the nonspecific symptoms seen in severe COVID-19 cases. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the death rate from COVID-19 in China spiked precisely among the same age groups in which these chronic diseases first become common. During the peak of the outbreak in China in January and early February, around 25 patients per day were dying with SARS-CoV-2. Most were older patients in whom the chronic diseases listed above are prevalent. Most deaths occurred in Hubei province, an area in which lung cancer and emphysema/COPD are significantly higher than national averages in China, a country where half of all men smoke. How were doctors supposed to sort out which of those 25 out of 25,000 daily deaths were solely due to coronavirus, and which were more complicated? What we need to know is how many excess deaths this virus causes.

    This is where the Diamond Princess data provides important insight. Of the 3,711 people on board, at least 705 have tested positive for the virus (which, considering the confines, conditions, and how contagious this virus appears to be, is surprisingly low). Of those, more than half are asymptomatic, while very few asymptomatic people were detected in China. This alone suggests a halving of the virus’s true fatality rate.

    On the Diamond Princess, six deaths have occurred among the passengers, constituting a case fatality rate of 0.85 percent. Unlike the data from China and elsewhere, where sorting out why a patient died is extremely difficult, we can assume that these are excess fatalities—they wouldn’t have occurred but for SARS-CoV-2. The most important insight is that all six fatalities occurred in patients who are more than 70 years old. Not a single Diamond Princess patient under age 70 has died. If the numbers from reports out of China had held, the expected number of deaths in those under 70 should have been around four.

  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    Even though children are being infected too they are apparently not getting sick.  Those who are vulnerable are older people and adults with weaker immune systems.  Is this nature's way of "thinning the herd"?

    The 1918 flu outbreak killed many people but today that same flu is relatively harmless to your average person today.  The novel virus will eventually be like that.  Humans will develop a natural immunity after their systems figure it out.  

    I might get infected but not old enough that I think I could die from it.  Not scared of getting infected and getting sick.   I'm just scared that I might be forced to get quarantined.  

    And everything getting cancelled.  NBA, school, public transportation, concerts, public gatherings etc.
    Things will get better if everything is in control. Be more careful, when go outside, wear masks and wash hands.

    BTW, if you are not infected, why will you be forced to get quarantined? Come on, we will see a light at the end of the tunnel :)


  • JoseSantos12JoseSantos12 PEx Rookie ⭐
    Best not to dwell on the philosophical questions. 

    One of the best articles I've read has to do with the events around the Diamond Princess cruise ship that spent weeks quarantined in Japan.

    ...But the most straightforward and compelling evidence that the true case fatality rate of SARS-CoV-2 is well under 1 percent comes not from statistical trends and methodological massage, but from data from the Diamond Princess cruise outbreak and subsequent quarantine off the coast of Japan.

    A quarantined boat is an ideal—if unfortunate—natural laboratory to study a virus. Many variables normally impossible to control are controlled. We know that all but one patient boarded the boat without the virus. We know that the other passengers were healthy enough to travel. We know their whereabouts and exposures. While the numbers coming out of China are scary, we don’t know how many of those patients were already ill for other reasons. How many were already hospitalized for another life-threatening illness and then caught the virus? How many were completely healthy, caught the virus, and developed a critical illness? In the real world, we just don’t know.

    Here’s the problem with looking at mortality numbers in a general setting: In China, 9 million people die per year, which comes out to 25,000 people every single day, or around 1.5 million people over the past two months alone. A significant fraction of these deaths results from diseases like emphysema/COPD, lower respiratory infections, and cancers of the lung and airway whose symptoms are clinically indistinguishable from the nonspecific symptoms seen in severe COVID-19 cases. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the death rate from COVID-19 in China spiked precisely among the same age groups in which these chronic diseases first become common. During the peak of the outbreak in China in January and early February, around 25 patients per day were dying with SARS-CoV-2. Most were older patients in whom the chronic diseases listed above are prevalent. Most deaths occurred in Hubei province, an area in which lung cancer and emphysema/COPD are significantly higher than national averages in China, a country where half of all men smoke. How were doctors supposed to sort out which of those 25 out of 25,000 daily deaths were solely due to coronavirus, and which were more complicated? What we need to know is how many excess deaths this virus causes.

    This is where the Diamond Princess data provides important insight. Of the 3,711 people on board, at least 705 have tested positive for the virus (which, considering the confines, conditions, and how contagious this virus appears to be, is surprisingly low). Of those, more than half are asymptomatic, while very few asymptomatic people were detected in China. This alone suggests a halving of the virus’s true fatality rate.

    On the Diamond Princess, six deaths have occurred among the passengers, constituting a case fatality rate of 0.85 percent. Unlike the data from China and elsewhere, where sorting out why a patient died is extremely difficult, we can assume that these are excess fatalities—they wouldn’t have occurred but for SARS-CoV-2. The most important insight is that all six fatalities occurred in patients who are more than 70 years old. Not a single Diamond Princess patient under age 70 has died. If the numbers from reports out of China had held, the expected number of deaths in those under 70 should have been around four.

    Hey, keep safe, don't got infected.

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