Global Coronavirus Cases Hit 500,000, Half a Million People Have Now Been Infected With the Virus

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The coronavirus has contaminated greater than half 1,000,000 folks all over the world throughout no less than 175 nations. 120,000 folks have recovered from an infection, in response to the newest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which was first detected within the metropolis of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, has unfold to greater than 500,000 folks. China has greater than 81,800 circumstances, with round 3,200 fatalities and 73,000 recoveries. With extra infections now reported outdoors China than inside, the nation claims the outbreak has been largely contained.

Italy has seen essentially the most variety of circumstances outdoors China, with almost 74,300 confirmed infections, adopted by the U.S., the place greater than 69,600 folks have examined constructive for the virus.

Europe has overtaken China because the epicenter of the outbreak, with Spain (over 56,100 circumstances) and Germany (over 41,500 circumstances) additionally rating within the high 5 nations outdoors China with the very best variety of circumstances.

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization warned that the U.S. has the potential to expertise a widespread outbreak. When requested whether or not the U.S. may grow to be the brand new epicenter of the virus, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris informed reporters: “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential.”

Travel bans and different restrictions have been launched in numerous components of the world in a bid to assist curb the unfold of the virus. Strict lockdown measures and elevated virus testing seemed to be among the many key elements in mitigating the unfold.

While China has coped with the very best variety of circumstances on the earth by a big margin, imposing a strict, large-scale lockdown in Wuhan from the onset of the outbreak allowed it to curtail the unfold. This week, for the primary time in two months, outbound journey restrictions have been lifted in Hubei, whereas restrictions in Wuhan are anticipated to be lifted subsequent month.

South Korea, which previously had one of many largest variety of circumstances outdoors China, managed to gradual the unfold of the virus, a lot of which has been credited to the nation’s rigorous virus testing. South Korea has examined greater than 316,000 folks as of March 20, in response to Statista.

Global Coronavirus Cases Hit 500,000, Half a Million People Have Now Been Infected With the Virus
Spectators put on face masks as they watch the exhibition gala on the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. Healthy people solely must put on a masks if taking good care of a sick particular person, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. Getty Images

The U.S. has performed no less than 370,000 virus checks, nearly all of which have been finished within the final eight days, Dr. Deborah Birx, a doctor and well being professional on the COVID-19 virus job pressure, confirmed earlier this week at a White House press briefing.

“The majority of those—over 220,000 in the last eight days, which, those of you who have been tracking the South Korea numbers, put us equivalent to what they did in eight weeks that we did in eight days,” she stated on the briefing.

The graphic beneath, offered by Statista, illustrates the unfold of the COVID-19 virus the world over.

Global Coronavirus Cases Hit 500,000, Half a Million People Have Now Been Infected With the Virus
The graphic beneath, offered by Statista, illustrates the unfold of the COVID-19 virus the world over.

Top 10 nations with most COVID-19 circumstances outdoors China

(as of March 26, 2020)

  1. Italy (over 74,300 circumstances)
  2. U.S. (over 69,600 circumstances)
  3. Spain (over 56,100 circumstances)
  4. Germany (over 41,500 circumstances)Iran (over 29,400 circumstances)
  5. France (over 25,600 circumstances)
  6. Switzerland (over 11,700 circumstances)
  7. South Korea (over 9,200 circumstances)
  8. U.Ok. (over 9,900 circumstances)
  9. The Netherlands (over 7,400 circumstances)

Data on COVID-19 circumstances is from Johns Hopkins University except in any other case acknowledged.

The graphic beneath, offered by Statista, illustrates the restoration curve in comparison with the an infection curve of the virus.

Global Coronavirus Cases Hit 500,000, Half a Million People Have Now Been Infected With the Virus
Number of COVID-19 circumstances in comparison with recoveries.

World Health Organization recommendation for avoiding unfold of coronavirus illness (COVID-19)

Hygiene recommendation

  • Clean fingers continuously with cleaning soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash fingers after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; earlier than, throughout and after meals preparation; earlier than consuming; after utilizing the bathroom; when fingers are visibly soiled; and after dealing with animals or waste.
  • Maintain no less than 1 meter (Three toes) distance from anybody who’s coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your fingers, nostril and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nostril with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue instantly and clear your fingers.

Medical recommendation

  • Avoid shut contact with others in case you have any signs.
  • Stay at house in the event you really feel unwell, even with delicate signs akin to headache and runny nostril, to keep away from potential unfold of the illness to medical amenities and different folks.
  • If you develop critical signs (fever, cough, problem respiration) search medical care early and speak to native well being authorities upfront.
  • Note any current contact with others and journey particulars to offer to authorities who can hint and forestall unfold of the illness.
  • Stay updated on COVID-19 developments issued by well being authorities and observe their steering.

Mask and glove utilization

  • Healthy people solely must put on a masks if taking good care of a sick particular person.
  • Wear a masks in case you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are efficient when utilized in mixture with frequent hand cleansing.
  • Do not contact the masks whereas carrying it. Clean fingers in the event you contact the masks.
  • Learn the way to correctly placed on, take away and eliminate masks. Clean fingers after disposing of the masks.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing naked fingers is more practical in opposition to catching COVID-19 than carrying rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can nonetheless be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.