Coronavirus: 6,527 deaths while 77,786 recovered
Published: 03:03 PM, 16 March 2020
So far, a total of 6,527 people have died from the coronavirus. Photo: Collected
The deadly virus - which began late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan - is now affected 157 countries, including Bangladesh, and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan).
So far, a total of 6,527 people have died from the coronavirus while 170,192 infections have been recorded globally. Besides, a total of 77,786 people (92 percent of total infected) have recovered from the illness.
While the vast majority of known cases are in China, the virus is now spreading faster outside the country than within. Italy, so far, has the highest number of confirmed infections outside China.
About 80,866 people in China have been diagnosed with coronavirus since its emergence in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, in December.
But there are now also about 90,000 confirmed cases outside China, according to the latest WHO figures. However, the number of people with coronavirus internationally is thought to be a much higher number - as many of those with mild symptoms have not been tested and counted.
After China, Italy has the highest number of confirmed cases. It has 24,747 confirmed cases and a death toll of 2,335. Italian authorities have imposed stringent restrictions, closing nearly all shops, bars, hairdressers, restaurants and cafes until 25 March. Schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues have already been shut, and people have been ordered to stay home and seek permission for essential travel.
Europe has become the new "epicentre" of the pandemic. Spain has around 8,000 cases, while France and Germany now have more than 5,500 cases each.
Iran announced more than 100 people have died in the past 24 hours, with the confirmed cases nearing 14,000. Tehran said its fight against coronavirus is being severely hampered by US sanctions.
In the Philippines, the capital Manila has been sealed off, with its 12 million residents told to avoid travel for a month. Schools in the city have been closed and large events banned.
In the United States, increased screening measures for people returning from Europe have caused chaos at airports.
In response to the virus's spread, countries around the world are ramping up measures to try to slow it down. Governments have halted flights from virus-hit nations, locked-down towns, urged people to stay at home and suspended major sporting and social events.
A number of international conferences and sporting events have also been cancelled, including Six Nations rugby matches.