The number of people who have died from the coronavirus globally has exceeded 8,000, while the number of infections has soared past 200,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The same university reported that 100,000 people were infected on March 6, meaning that the number of cases has doubled in just 12 days.

Remember: This number is slightly different to the latest count from the World Health Organization, which is reporting over 184,000 cases and more than 7,500 deaths. Johns Hopkins, based in Baltimore, Maryland, and WHO report tallies at different times of the day, so the counts often differ.

These are the worst-affected countries by deaths, according to Johns Hopkins:

  • China (Hubei): 3,122  
  • Italy: 2,503 
  • Iran: 988 
  • Spain: 558
  • France: deaths 
  • SouthKorea, 84
  • UK: 71 deaths 
  • US: 55 deaths 
  • Netherlands: 43
  • Japan: 29

And these are the most affected by cases, according to Johns Hopkins:

  • China: 81,102 
  • Italy 31,506 
  • Iran 16,169 
  • Spain 13,716
  • German 9,877
  • South Korea 8,413 
  • France 7,696 
  • US 6,496
  • Switzerland 2,700 
  • UK 1,960 

Source: CNN News


  1. I made a quick calculation to assess how deadly the virus is in the various countries. I simply divided the number of deaths by the total population number. The results (number of deaths per million inhabitants) show striking differences. On 18 March, 1 pm MET, Italy had a death rate of 41 per million, Iran 13.5 and Spain 12.8, whereas South-Korea had only 1.6 and Germany a virtually insignificant 0.3. How can we explain these differences?


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