COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic update: 1 million+ cases, 50,000+ deaths.

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Thursday, April 3

The number of cases of COVID-19 around the world crosed a million on Thursday while the U.S. death toll climbed above 5,000. There are now 1,003,221 cases globally and 50,230 people have died, the data show. About 204,720 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus that has sickened people in 180 countries. The U.S still has the most number of cases worldwide, at 226,374 and 5,316 deaths. Another 8,826 people have recovered. Italy has the second highest number of cases at 115,242 but the highest mortality rate at at least 13,915 deaths. Spain's tally comes to 110,238 cases and at least 10,003 deaths. China, where the virus was first detected in December, has 82,432 cases and 3,322 deaths. Germany has 81,728 cases and 997 deaths; France has 57,807 cases and at least 4,043 deaths. Iran has 50,468 cases and at least 3,160 deaths. The UK counted 34,165 cases and the number of deaths now stands at 2,926.

Thursday, March 26

There are now 474,202 cases of COVID-19 and  21,570 people have diedglobally. About 115,850 people have recovered from coronovirus. In the U.S., there are now 69,196 cases and 1,046 deaths. New York state remains the worst hit with 30,811 cases as of Wednesday, a 20% increase over Tuesday.

Iran has 27,017 cases and 2,077 deaths (Iran's numbers have not updated since Wednesday); Germany has 37,323 cases and 222 deaths; and Spain has 49,515 cases and 3,647 deaths. In Italy, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in recent weeks, there are now 74,386 cases and 7,503 deaths. France has reported 25,604 cases and 1,333 deaths. In South Korea, which has been cited as a model for containment, there are 9,241 cases and 131 deaths.

Wednesday, March 25

There are now at least 451,350 cases of the illness and at least 20,490 people have died, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering's Centers for Systems Science and Engineering. At least 112,982 people have already recovered. In the U.S., there are now 55,243 cases and at least 802 deaths. The U.S. Senate agreed on a stimulus package worth about $2 trillion in the early hours. The bill includes provisions to extend bridge loans to companies, boost the duration and size of unemployment benefits and provide tax rebates, among other features.

Italy has 69,176 cases and 6,820 people have died (Italy's numbers have not updated since Tuesday). In Spain, there are at least 47,610 cases and 3,434 people have died. That means that more people have died in Italy and Spain than in China. China has 81,661 cases and 3,285 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data. China reported 47 new cases overnight, but none in Wuhan.

In Germany, there are 35,353 cases and at least 181 people have died. In France, the tally is 22,637 cases and 1,102 deaths. Other countries with large clusters include Iran, which now has 27,017 cases and 2,077 deaths. South Korea, admired for its widespread testing and low mortality rate, has 9,137 cases but just 102 deaths.

Monday, March 23

New York City is now largely considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., with 9,045 cases and at least 63 deaths, as of Sunday. The city conducted 13,000 inspections of nonessential businesses including bars, restaurants and gyms in New York City over the weekend. Eleven violations were issued. There are a total of 20,875 cases and 157 deaths in New York state.

Worldwide, there are now 350,531 cases of COVID-19 and at least 16,110 people have died. About 100,000 people have recovered.

In Italy, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in recent weeks, there are now 59,138 cases and 5,476 deaths. Other outbreaks of concern include France, with 16,720 cases and 676 deaths; Germany, with 26,220 cases and 111 deaths; Iran, with 23,049 cases and 1,812 deaths; and Spain, with 33,089 cases and 2,206 deaths. In South Korea, which has been cited as a model for containment, there are 8,961 cases and 111 deaths.

Friday, March 20

There are now 16,018 cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S., and at least 210 people have died in 25 states. The number of U.S. cases has more than doubled since Wednesday, though public health experts have cautioned that Americans will likely see a jump in cases as the number of available tests increases. The state of California on Thursday issued a mandatory, stay-at-home order, excepting individuals who work in “essential services” such as pharmacies, grocery stores, takeout restaurants, banks and laundromats. 

Worldwide, there are now 267,431 cases of COVID-19 and at least 11,110 people have died. More than 86,000 people have recovered after being sickened by the disease; nearly 67% of those recoveries have been in China.

In Western Europe, case counts continue to rise. Spain has 20,410 cases and 1,043 deaths, Germany has 19,711 cases and 53 deaths, France has 10,891 cases and 371 deaths, and Italy has 47,021 cases and 4,032 deaths. More people have died from COVID-19 in France now than in China, which has reported a total of 3,253 deaths. The total number of cases in China, which have dramatically slowed there, is 81,250.

Thursday, March 12

Yetserday, WHO (World Health Organization) declared the COVID-19 Coronavirus a pandemic. More than eight countries have reported 1,000 or more cases of Coronavirus among their residents, including the U.S., France and Germany.

Worldwide there are now 121,579 cases of COVID-19, at least 4,361 deaths, and more than 67,000 people have recovered since the novel coronavirus was first detected in December in Wuhan, China. The number of newly identified cases in South Korea rose overnight, to 7,768 cases, although the number of deaths (54) remains unchanged. Iran now has 9,000+ cases and 354 deaths.  In Madrid students of all ages stayed home from school on Wednesday in what will initially be a 15-day period as the government tries to get a grip on soaring infections, half of which are in the region.

The U.S. case count is now 1,121, with 30deaths in California, Florida, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Washington state

Wednesday, March 11

WHO declared the COVID-19 Coronavirus a pandemic.

Italy, which has seen its outbreak worsen in the past week, has 10,149 cases and 631 deaths. South Korea has 7,513 cases and 54 deaths, and Iran now has 8,042 cases and 291 deaths. Cases in France (1,784 cases and 33 deaths), Germany (1,281 cases and 2 deaths) and Spain (1,646 cases and 35 deaths) have also jumped in recent days. In the U.S., there are 804 cases and 28 deaths, in California, Florida and Washington state.

COVID-19 spread

The travel slowdown has been spurred by a number of factors, including nations putting into place travel restrictions for countries with large infection clusters, first for mainland China and then for Iran, Italy, and South Korea, among others. Large employers have told employees to stop non-essential international and domestic travel and in some cases work from home at the same time that events like South by Southwest and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society meeting have been canceled.

Wednesday, March 4

The United States so far this week has seen a marked increase in COVID-19 infections, now reporting 128 cases and nine deaths, according to the latest figures. All of the deaths have occurred in Washington state, which has reported a cluster of infections primarily in Snohomish County and associated with the Life Care long-term care facility in Kirkland.

Worldwide, there are now a total of 94,250 COVID-9 cases and at least 3,214 deaths. About 51,000 people worldwide have recovered. The virus has largely impacted people in China’s Hubei Province, which has reported 2,871 deaths. While the number of new cases in China continues to drop off, growing infection clusters in Iran, Italy and South Korea remain. Iran has 2,922 cases and 92 deaths; Italy has 2,502 cases and 79 deaths; and South Korea has 5,621 cases and 28 deaths.

Saturday, February 29

There are now a total of 86,584 cases of COVID-19 and at least 2,975 deaths globally, according to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering’s Centers for Systems Science and Engineering. About 42,000 people have recovered.

The U.S. has 70 confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins CSSE site. A person has died in Washington state of COVID-19, marking the first such reported death in the United States and prompting officials there to declare a state of emergency.

Already, health officials in California, Oregon and Washington were worried about the novel coronavirus spreading through West Coast communities after confirming at least three patients were infected by unknown means.

Friday, February 28

There are now a total of 83,861 cases of COVID-19 and at least 2,867 deaths. About 36,000 people have recovered. In the U.S., concern about the spread of the novel coronavirus has been sidelined by growing criticism about the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that it had raised its risk assessment relating to COVID-19 for the rest of the world to very high from high. China, where the outbreak of the novel coronavirus started, had previously been designated with a very high-risk assessment. What we see at the moment are linked epidemics of COVID-19 in several countries, but most cases can still be traced to known contacts or clusters of cases.

There are now 388 cases in Iran and 34 deaths and 2,337 cases and 13 deaths in South Korea. In the U.S., there are 62 cases. Two additional cases of former passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were disclosed on Friday. In addition, over the past two days, several countries have reported their first cases of COVID-19, including Brazil, Georgia, New Zealand, and Norway.

Thursday, February 27

Worldwide, there are now 82,550 cases of COVID-19, at least 2,810 deaths, and about 33,252 people, primarily in China’s Hubei Province, have recovered. Iran now has 245 cases, 26 deaths, and 49 people have recovered; Italy has 528 cases, 14 deaths and 40 people have recovered; and South Korea has 1,766 cases, 13 deaths, and 22 people have recovered.

In Japan, a woman who was treated for COVID-19 and released from the hospital later tested positive again. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools to remain shut until spring holidays begin in late March. The measure affects 12.8 million students at 34,847 schools nationwide, the education ministry said.

In the U.S., which has had a fairly flat number of cases compared with countries like Iran and Italy, criticism is mounting about the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak, with critics taking aim at the CDC’s testing procedures, its messaging, and plans for preparedness.

Wednesday, February 26

There are now 81,245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and at least 2,770 deaths.The increase in cases overnight has primarily been driven by new cases in Iran (now at 139 cases and 19 deaths), Italy (374 cases and 12 deaths), Japan (178 cases and two deaths), and South Korea (1,261 cases and 12 deaths). While the outbreak has largely affected China - China's Hubei Province has reported 94% of total deaths and mainland China has 96% of total cases - the emergence of COVID-19 clusters in these other countries has alarmed markets in recent days. In the U.S., there are at least 57 cases, though 43 of the positive tests are in people who were repatriated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, or the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked in a port at Yokohama, Japan, according to figures provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials on Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 25

The number of worldwide cases of COVID-19 continues to rise; there are now 80,240 cases in 34 countries (5 new!) and 2,700 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While the number of new daily cases in China is falling off, the number of new nations to report cases is rising as are the total cases in South Korea, which have soared, with 977 sickened and 10 dead.

Italy is reporting a number of infection clusters, in Northern Italy, with 227 sickened and six dead. Cases there are largely mild; however, WHO officials said Monday that the "rapid increase in reported cases in Italy over the past two days is of concern," particularly given the likely instances of human-to-human transmission of the virus. Italy has closed schools and bars and canceled mass gatherings such as sporting events in the regions where cases have been reported.

Iran has 61 cases and 12 deaths. In the U.S., there are now 53 cases, driven by an uptick in positive tests among those individuals who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan. Kuwait is the newest nation to report a case, now to a total of eight cases. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that was first detected by authorities in December in Wuhan, China. It has primarily impacted China, which has reported nearly 99% of the deaths and 97% of cases.

Friday, February 14

Most of the new cases and deaths were reported in Hubei Province, the center of the epidemic. In all, more than 66,000 people have been infected and at least 1,523 killed worldwide. The vast majority of cases are in mainland China, with the heaviest concentration there in Hubei, the center of the epidemic.

The tally in Hubei jumped drastically on Thursday after the authorities changed the diagnostic criteria for counting new cases. The government now takes into account cases diagnosed in clinical settings, including the use of CT scans, and not just those confirmed with specialized testing kits.

Source and Spread of the Virus

The SARS-COV2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SARs, both of which have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, COVID-19. CDC will be updating our website and other CDC materials to reflect the updated name.

China and multiple countries around the world are scrambling to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 80 people and infected more than 2,800.

More than 60 million people in almost 20 Chinese cities - including Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province where the virus originated - have been under a strict quarantine, introduced amid fears the transmission rate will raise as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel during Lunar New Year celebrations.

Monday, January 27

UK asks those from Wuhan to isolate themselves

Anyone who has returned to Britain from Wuhan in China in the last two weeks should self-isolate and stay indoors, the UK's health minister said.

As of 14:00 GMT on Monday, Britain had tested 73 people for the Wuhan coronavirus but has not had any confirmed cases.

"We are ... asking anyone in the UK who has returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days to self-isolate, to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people," Matt Hancock said.

"Public Health England officials are continuing to trace people who have arrived in the UK from Wuhan. Having eliminated those who we know have since left the country, there are 1,460 people we're seeking to locate."

Trump: US, China in close contact on outbreak

US President Donald Trump said the United States and China were in close contact over the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has infected thousands in more than 10 countries and killed at least 81.

"We are in very close communication with China concerning the virus. Very few cases reported in USA, but strongly on watch. We have offered China and President Xi any help that is necessary. Our experts are extraordinary!" Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

Trump offered China "any help that is necessary".

South Korea confirms fourth case

South Korea has confirmed its fourth case of the virus in a 55-year-old South Korean man who returned from Wuhan on January 20 and tested positive for the virus.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control said the man was placed in quarantine on Sunday and that health authorities are in the process of tracking his movements since returning and the people he may have contacted.

Wuhan Coronavirus Explained

Mongolia closes China border, shuts schools

China allots nearly $9bn to contain spread

China's finance ministry and National Health Commission have extended the 60 billion yuan ($8.8bn) to help contain the spreading virus, according to a statement on the ministry's website.