FYI: See Major Countries Allegedly Affected By Coronavirus And Facing High Death Rates

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As the coronavirus reaches more than 100 countries and the WHO declares nCoV as a global pandemic, below are lists of top ten most affected countries by the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
China, including Hong Kong and Macau, is the worst affected country by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
China witnessed more than
3,000 deaths and approximately 74% of the global coronavirus cases as of 09 March, which quickly came down to approximately 58% by 13 March and to less than 50% by 16 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged and Europe became the new epicenter.
Hubei is the most-affected province within China and Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei, is the city affected worst by the coronavirus. Hubei has witnessed more than 67,000 coronavirus-positive cases and continues to report deaths, although at a slower rate than before.
The number of cases in China, however, has been on the decline starting March due to the rapid control measures and response by the Chinese government.
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Coronavirus is getting severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Travel to Italy and Italians traveling to other countries during the outbreak has been traced to have caused COVID-19 spread.
Once confined to Northern Italy, COVID-19 cases have spread to entire Italy leading to a nation-wide lock-down. The Italian government’s early measures such as closing educational institutions temporarily might have limited the spread, although the aged population continues to be a concern.
Coronavirus deaths in Italy increased by five times in the second week of March, from 366 on 08 March to 2,158 on 16 March. Total cases reached 27,980, which is approximately one-third of those in Mainland China.
Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has approximately 15,000 confirmed cases and has reported 853 deaths. Iran has been suspected to have delayed revealing the spread of the corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.
Several countries have traced their coronavirus-infected having contracted the disease during travel to Iran. Many government officials and politicians including MPs in Iran have contracted coronavirus, some of who died.
Amid fears of further coronavirus spread, Iran announced the temporary release of approximately 70,000 prisoners, according to the Mizan news agency.
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Spain has overtaken South Korea in the number of coronavirus cases in the third week of March. Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish COVID-19 nCoV-infected cases got closer to 1,000 in the early hours of 09 March and rose sharply to more than 9,000 on 16 March. A minister in Spain has contracted coronavirus, while the King and Queen are also being tested.
Spain is currently the second most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll has increased sharply to reach close to 300 resulting in a nation-wide lock-down affecting millions of its residents.
Tourism, a crucial sector for Spain, is expected to face an adverse impact due to the global coronavirus fears. The Spanish government has advised companies to ask employees to work from home to avoid spread.
South Korea
South Korea is among the nations most hit by coronavirus outside China due to its proximity to the latter. Coronavirus cases in South Korea started surging in February and crossed 8,200 on 16 March.
Deaths due to coronavirus in South Korea reached 75. The country is being assisted by China, whose experience in containing the outbreak has resulted in controlling the local spread of the epidemic.
Coronavirus cases in Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, crossed 7,000 on 16 March.
Similar to its neighbor France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds to prevent spread. Trade fair, The Hannover Messe, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak situation.
Coronavirus death toll in Germany is, however, comparitively lesser, with 17 deaths reported as of 16 March.
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France is the second most-affected European nation by the 2019 coronavirus. COVID-19 nCoV cases in France have reached 6,650, while the death toll reached 148.
The French government has banned public gatherings involving more than 1,000 people. The popular Louvre Museum in Paris was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The Paris city has reported COVID-19 coronavirus-positive cases, apart from other regions including Amiens, Bordeaux, and Eastern Haute-Savoie.
A worker at Disneyland Paris was reported by Reuters as having contracted the coronavirus. France currently has only a few clusters with coronavirus. The ongoing outbreak remains a concern to the French tourism industry as coronavirus fears are resulting in a drop in visitors.
The coronavirus situation in the US is grim with the cases and deaths increasing fast. The US COVID-19 cases more than doubled in three days, to get closer to reach 5,000, while the death toll is getting closer to 100.
Community spread and delayed testing is currently a major concern to Americans as enough test kits are not available across states.
The first coronavirus case in the US was confirmed on 21 January, but the cases surged from the second half of February.
Switzerland, a popular tourist destination, is the fifth most affected European country by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Switzerland, whose borders are close to Milan, Italy, doubled over three days to reach 2,330 on 16 March.
Some of the major cities in Switzerland, such as Geneva and Zurich, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.
Deaths in Switzerland due to coronavirus increased to 19. The Swiss hotel and tourism industries will be affected if the coronavirus situation continues to stay for long.
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COVID-19 cases in Norway have crossed 1,200 making Norway one of the top ten most affected countries with coronavirus. With the addition of Norway, the number of European countries among the top ten reached six signifying how intensely the EU is affected by COVID-19.
The Norwegian government announced a lock-down for 14 days and other measures such as banning public events, and closing schools and universities, restaurants and bars to arrest the coronavirus transmissions.
Norway is the second country outside China to announce a nation-wide lock-down, following Italy. The first death was reported in Norway on 12 March.
New coronavirus cases in Japan currently are decreasing moving the country out of the top ten countries with coronavirus.
Japan was among the countries that reported first coronavirus cases early following the Wuhan outbreak. Excluding the 696 cases reported on cruise ship Diamond Princess docked in Japanese waters, the country reported 812 COVID-19 cases as of 16 March. Japan would be among the top ten countries with coronavirus if the infected on Diamond Princess are combined.
The Japanese government’s response to containing the spread among those on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship met with criticism.
Japan has witnessed 19 deaths due to coronavirus and is likely to feel an impact on travel and trade.

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