Menace of the new coronavirus that emerged in central China at the end of last year has now killed more than 2,400 people and spread around the world.
Outside mainland China, there have been 24 deaths and more than 1,500 infections reported, with the most cases concentrated in South Korea and the Diamond Princess positive newspaper cruise ship quarantined off Japan.
Here is a roundup of the areas where cases of COVID-19, the virus’s official designation, have been confirmed:
– CHINA –
As of Sunday, some 77,000 people had been infected and 2,442 had died across mainland China, the majority in and around Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where the outbreak was first reported.
Two people have died and at least 69 people have been infected in Hong Kong.
Ten infections have been counted in Macao.
– ASIA-PACIFIC –
South Korea: 602 people have been infected by the virus and five people have died. The number of cases jumped sharply in the last days after positive newspaper an outbreak cluster in a religious sect in southern city Daegu.
Japan: more than 130 people have been infected and four have died. Three of those deaths were passengers who had been on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off Japan, where the number of infections is now at 630.
Taiwan: 26, including one death
Philippines: 3, including one death
Sri Lanka: 1
– NORTH AMERICA –
United States: 35
– EUROPE –
Italy: 132, two deaths. On Saturday Italy became the first country in Europe to put some of its citizens under quarantine, with over 50,000 residents in eleven towns facing lockdown.
France: 12, including one death
– MIDDLE EAST –
Iran: 43, 8 deaths, the largest number of fatalities of any country outside China.
United Arab Emirates: 11
– AFRICA –