We have now surpassed 300.000 cases worldwide. Only 3 days after we reached 200.000 cases
The humanitarian costs of the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, with more than 300,000 people infected globally. The number of people confirmed to have died as a result of the virus has now surpassed 12,900. The virus’s proliferation has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, meaning it is spreading rapidly in different parts of the world. More than 160 countries have confirmed cases so far.
The epicentre of the coronavirus is now Europe, with the largest number of confirmed cases in Italy, and death tolls growing more quickly in Italy and Spain than they did in China at the same stage of the outbreak.
In most western countries case numbers have been increasing by about 33 per cent a day, a sign that other countries may soon be facing the same challenge as Italy. The Asian city-state of Singapore and the territory of Hong Kong are on a different trajectory in terms of the growth in case numbers. The rate of increase has so far been relatively contained through rapid and strict measures.