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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered on 31st December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause was reported by health authorities in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China and an investigation was launched in early January 2020.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

As of 16 March, more than 183,000 cases of the disease have been reported in over 160 countries and territories, resulting in more than 7,100 deaths and around 79,000 recoveries. Regions affected by major outbreaks include mainland ChinaEuropeIranSouth Korea, and the United States.

 

Countries and territories[a] Cases[b] Deaths Recov.[c] Ref.
147 182,768 7,169 79,916
China (mainland)[d] 80,881 3,226 68,690 [30]
Italy 27,980 2,158 2,749 [31][30]
Iran 14,991 853 4,996 [30]
Spain 9,942 342 530 [32][33]
South Korea 8,320 81 1,401 [34]
Germany 7,588 17 67 [35]
France[e] 6,633 148 12 [36]
United States[f] 4,740 85 17 [37]
Switzerland[g] 2,353 19 4 [30]
United Kingdom[h] 1,543 55 52 [38]
Netherlands[i][j] 1,417 24 [40][30]
Norway[k] 1,347 3 1 [41]
Austria 1,132 3 8 [42]
Sweden[l] 1,121 7 1 [30][43]
Belgium 1,058 10 1 [30]
Denmark[m] 932 1 1 [30][44]
Japan 814 24 164 [30][45]
Cruise ship side view.svg Diamond Princess[n] 712 7 458 [30][45]
Malaysia 553 0 42 [46][47]
Canada 441 4 11 [30][48]
Qatar 439 0 4 [49][30]
Australia 401 5 27 [50][51]
Greece 352 4 8 [30]
Czech Republic 344 0 3 [52]
Portugal 331 1 3 [30][53]
Israel 298 0 4 [30][54]
Finland 278 0 10 [30]
Slovenia 253 1 0 [55]
Singapore 243 0 109 [56][57]
Brazil 234 0 2 [58][30]
Bahrain 229 1 81 [59][60]
Ireland 223 2 5 [30]
Estonia 205 0 1 [61]
Iceland 199 0 0 [62]
Philippines 187 12 4 [63][64]
Pakistan 184 1 2 [30][65]
Romania 184 0 16 [66]
Poland 177 4 0 [67]
Egypt[o] 166 4 32 [30]
Hong Kong 157 4 88 [68]
Chile 156 0 0 [69]
Thailand 147 1 38 [70][71]
Indonesia 134 5 8 [72][73]
Iraq 133 10 32 [30][74]
Saudi Arabia 133 0 6 [30]
India 129 3 13 [30]
Kuwait 123 0 9 [30][75]
San Marino 115 9 4 [76]
Lebanon 109 3 1 [77]
United Arab Emirates 98 0 26 [78][79]
Russia[p] 93 0 4 [80][81]
Peru 86 0 1 [82]
Luxembourg 81 1 0 [83]
Taiwan 77 1 22 [84][85]
Slovakia 72 0 0 [86][87]
Panama 69 1 0 [88]
Argentina 68 2 3 [30][89]
Croatia 65 0 4 [90][30]
Bulgaria 62 2 0 [91][92]
South Africa 62 0 0 [93][94]
Vietnam 61 0 16 [95]
Algeria 60 4 10 [96]
Ecuador 58 2 0 [30]
Serbia 57 0 1 [97]
Brunei 54 0 0 [98]
Colombia 54 0 1 [99]
Mexico 53 0 4 [30]
Armenia 52 0 1 [30]
Albania 51 1 0 [100]
Turkey 47 0 0 [101]
Cyprus[q] 46 0 0 [30]
Costa Rica 41 0 0 [102]
Hungary 39 1 1 [103]
Palestine 39 0 0 [30]
Morocco 38 1 1 [104]
Belarus 36 0 3 [105]
Latvia 34 0 1 [106][30]
Georgia 33 0 1 [107][108]
Venezuela 33 0 0 [109]
Malta 30 0 2 [110]
Jordan 29 0 1 [30][111]
Moldova 29 0 1 [112]
Uruguay 29 0 0 [30]
Sri Lanka 28 0 1 [113][114]
Kazakhstan 27 0 0 [115][116]
Senegal 27 0 2 [30]
Azerbaijan 25 1 6 [30][117]
Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 0 2 [30]
Cambodia 24 0 1 [118]
North Macedonia 24 0 1 [30][119]
Oman 24 0 9 [120]
Afghanistan 21 0 1 [121][122]
Dominican Republic 21 0 0 [30]
Tunisia 20 0 0 [30][123]
Lithuania 18 0 1 [30]
Burkina Faso 15 0 0 [30][124]
Jamaica 15 0 2 [125]
Andorra 14 0 0 [30][126]
Maldives 13 0 0 [30]
Kosovo 13 0 0 [127]
New Zealand 12 0 0 [30]
Macau 12 0 10 [30][128]
Bolivia 11 0 0 [30]
Monaco 9 0 0 [129]
Bangladesh 8 0 3 [30][130]
Guatemala 8 1 0 [30]
Paraguay 8 0 0 [131]
Uzbekistan 8 0 0 [30][132]
Syria 7 3 0 [133]
Guyana 7 1 0 [30]
Ukraine 7 1 0 [134]
Liechtenstein 7 0 0 [30]
Rwanda 7 0 0 [30]
Ghana 6 0 0 [30]
Honduras 6 0 0 [30][135]
Northern Cyprus 6 0 0 [136]
Ethiopia 5 0 0 [30]
Cameroon 4 0 0 [30]
Cuba 4 0 0 [30]
Ivory Coast 4 0 0 [137]
Mongolia 4 0 0 [30]
Trinidad and Tobago 4 0 0 [30][138]
Kenya 3 0 0 [30]
Seychelles 3 0 0 [139]
DR Congo 2 0 0 [30]
Namibia 2 0 0 [30]
Saint Lucia 2 0 0 [30]
Nigeria 2 0 1 [30][140]
Sudan 1 1 0 [30]
Antigua and Barbuda 1 0 0 [30]
Benin 1 0 0 [30]
Bhutan 1 0 0 [30]
Bahamas 1 0 0 [30][141]
Central African Republic 1 0 0 [142]
Republic of the Congo 1 0 0 [143]
Equatorial Guinea 1 0 0 [30][144]
Eswatini 1 0 0 [145]
Gabon 1 0 0 [146]
Guinea 1 0 0 [30]
Liberia 1 0 0 [30]
Mauritania 1 0 0 [147]
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 1 0 0 [30]
Somalia 1 0 0 [30]
Suriname 1 0 0 [148]
Tanzania 1 0 0 [30]
Togo 1 0 0 [30]
Vatican City 1 0 0 [30]
Nepal 1 0 1 [30]
As of 17 March 2020 (UTC) · History of cases: Chinainternational

Credit: UN and Wikipedia

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