The coronavirus has spread across the globe, reaching every continent except Antarctica. Here’s a look at the situation in each region of the world:
Asia-Pacific: The situation has calmed in China, where the pandemic began. The slowdown in cases has seen travel restrictions begin to lift, and even a visit to Wuhan — ground zero for the outbreak — by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Meanwhile in South Korea, cases also appear to be slowing down this week, but the country is not out of the woods just yet — authorities just reported 50 cases tied to a single call center in Seoul.
Australia is having a harder time, with cases reaching 100 today, after reporting no new cases for almost a month. Some 22 patients have recovered, and three have died.
Mongolia also reported its first case today — after months of no confirmed infections, despite being surrounded by virus-hit countries.
United States: Cases continue to rise in the US, with several states declaring states of emergency. Schools and universities are beginning to suspend classes or move them online, while big events like the annual South by Southwest conference have been canceled.
Several congressmen are also under self-quarantine after coming into contact with an infected patient, as tensions rise between state authorities and the Trump administration over its handling of the outbreak.
Europe: The European outbreak appears to be worsening, with Italy at the heart of the crisis. The entire country is now under lockdown, with movement restricted, events canceled, schools shut, and public services suspended.
A total of 97 people have died in Italy since Sunday, bringing the country’s death toll to 463.
Nearby countries are also feeling the impact; Germany has reported significant spikes in daily new cases this week, as well as its first coronavirus death. France reported 286 cases on Monday — including the minister of culture.
Middle East: Iran remains the hardest-hit of the Middle Eastern countries, with more than 7,000 cases — including the head of the country’s Crisis Management Organization. Other Middle Eastern countries continue to report new cases, including Lebanon today.
These countries are continuing emergency measures that were introduced in late February, such as closed borders and mandatory quarantines.
Source : CNN