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Coronavirus – International Updates

COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus has now been reported in at least 203 countries across the globe. All major countries in every continent have been affected and so far, the virus is still out of control.  The international response has been active in trying to stop the spread of the virus yet the number of infected keeps rising on a daily basis.

So far, the number of deaths by this virus has risen to 50,000 worldwide. China has reported over 81,500 infected while more and more countries have begun large scale lockdowns and critical control measures to control the infection and prevent a global health disaster.

Almost all the cases have had some sort of direct or indirect exposure to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated. In this respect, countries of the world have taken up swift and drastic measures to keep their population safe from infection.

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In this article, we’ll cover the steps taken by the major countries trying to combat this deadly virus.

Countries affected so far on coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus spreads, more and more countries are reporting cases confirmed in their borders. International travel has been a key factor in accelerating the rate at which the virus had spread.

The countries affected so far are:

USA228,771
Italy115,242
Spain110,238
Germany81,728
China81,589
France56,989
Iran50,468
UK33,718
Switzerland18,475
Turkey18,135
Belgium15,348
Netherlands14,697
Austria11,027
Canada10,132
S. Korea9,976
Portugal9,034
Brazil7,022
Israel6,808
Sweden5,466
Australia5,137
Norway5,125
Ireland3,849
Czechia3,805
Russia3,548
Chile3,404
Denmark3,386
Ecuador3,163
Malaysia3,116
Romania2,738
Poland2,692
Philippines2,633
Luxembourg2,487
Pakistan2,386
Japan2,384
India2,341
Saudi Arabia1,885
Thailand1,875
Indonesia1,790
Greece1,544
Finland1,518
Dominican Republic1,380
South Africa1,380
Mexico1,378
Peru1,323
Iceland1,319
Panama1,317
Serbia1,171
Argentina1,133
Colombia1,065
Singapore1,049
Croatia1,011
Algeria986
Slovenia897
Estonia858
Qatar835
UAE814
Ukraine804
Hong Kong802
New Zealand797
Egypt779
Iraq772
Diamond Princess712
Morocco676
Armenia663
Lithuania649
Bahrain635
Hungary585
Bosnia and Herzegovina532
Moldova505
Lebanon494
Latvia458
Bulgaria457
Tunisia455
Andorra428
Slovakia426
Kazakhstan423
Azerbaijan400
North Macedonia384
Costa Rica375
Cyprus356
Uruguay350
Kuwait342
Taiwan339
Réunion308
Belarus304
Burkina Faso288
Cameroon284
Jordan278
Albania277
Afghanistan239
San Marino236
Cuba233
Oman231
Vietnam227
Honduras219
Ghana204
Malta196
Senegal195
Channel Islands193
Uzbekistan190
Ivory Coast190
Faeroe Islands177
Nigeria174
Mauritius169
Palestine160
Sri Lanka151
Venezuela144
Montenegro144
Martinique135
Brunei133
Georgia131
Guadeloupe125
DRC123
Bolivia123
Mayotte116
Kyrgyzstan116
Kenya110
Cambodia110
Isle of Man95
Trinidad and Tobago90
Gibraltar88
Rwanda82
Paraguay77
Liechtenstein75
Niger74
Monaco60
Aruba60
Madagascar59
Bangladesh56
Guinea52
French Guiana51
Guatemala47
Barbados45
Jamaica44
Uganda44
El Salvador41
Macao41
Djibouti40
Zambia39
French Polynesia37
Mali36
Togo36
Bermuda32
Ethiopia29
Congo22
Cayman Islands22
Saint Martin22
Bahamas21
Myanmar20
Tanzania20
Guyana19
Maldives19
Gabon18
Eritrea18
New Caledonia18
Syria16
Sint Maarten16
Haiti16
Equatorial Guinea15
Mongolia14
Namibia14
Benin13
Saint Lucia13
Dominica12
Curaçao11
Greenland10
Grenada10
Laos10
Libya10
Mozambique10
Seychelles10
Suriname10
MS Zaandam9
Guinea-Bissau9
Eswatini9
Angola8
Sudan8
Zimbabwe8
Saint Kitts and Nevis8
Antigua and Barbuda7
Chad7
Fiji7
Cabo Verde6
Mauritania6
Nepal6
Vatican City6
Liberia6
St. Barth6
Turks and Caicos6
Nicaragua5
Bhutan5
Montserrat5
Somalia5
Botswana4
Gambia4
Anguilla3
Belize3
British Virgin Islands3
Burundi3
CAR3
Malawi3
Caribbean Netherlands2
St. Vincent Grenadines2
Sierra Leone2
Papua New Guinea1
Timor-Leste1
Information from worldometers.info
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China:

China has struggled to fight COVID-19 since the virus originated in the city of Wuhan in the Hubei provice of the country. The total number of infected has been reported to be  around 81,500 and the death toll is over 3,300. Most of the cases are in the proximity of Wuhan city. However, the situation is now has improved with no new cases reported within the last weeks suggesting that the containment measures have been successful in stopping wider spread of the virus.

The government has imposed a full scale lockdown of the city, with door-to-door searches and mass quarantines. Moreover, the government of China has been criticized for trying to hide information regarding the initial virus outbreak from the public. Doctor Li Wenliang, who was silenced by the authorities when he tried to expose the virus outbreak, died on February 7 due to the infection, causing public outrage with Chinese social media erupting with profound grief and anger.

Many countries of the world have vocally spoken out against China regarding suspicions that the government had deliberately misguided the world about the severity of the outbreak by hiding the real numbers of infected. China has been quick to protest such claims. However, the country has confirmed that they will begin surveys on asymptomatic cases from 8th April which may show the true scale of the outbreak.

USA:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been the primary organization in the United States leading the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The US now has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world at 237,800 cases being reported and the third-highest death toll at over 5,700 confirmed deaths.

The country has taken strong measures to contain the current crisis. These measures include imposing travel bans, closing borders to non-essential travel, screening of travelers at airports, operating quarantine stations for sick patients, tracking potential infections, imposing self-isolation and social distancing, developing tests to detect and diagnose the virus and broadcasting best practices to the public and encouraging citizens to stay indoors and avoid going out in public as much as possible.

Japan:

A cruise ship in Japan, the Diamond Princess has been the center of attention for having 690 coronavirus positive passengers on board.

The cruise ship was quarantined off the coast of Yokohama with 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers. The ship was flagged and quarantined after one of the passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong was later tested positive for coronavirus. The passengers who had been in contact with the man, as well as anyone developing symptoms like fever or flu, were monitored by health officials. Out of the infected 7 died.

The ship had been in quarantine for about two months. After heavy sanitization and disinfection procedures overseen by the Japanese Ministry of Health, the ship has now been cleared and declared seaworthy. However, when the ship will set sail again is yet to be announced.

Singapore:

Singapore has raised its coronavirus alert level. The current orange level was last reached during the 2003 SARS outbreak and the 2009 H1N1 swine flu epidemic, which indicates the virus is severe and is easily transmitted between persons.

Singapore has confirmed over 1000 cases infected with the new coronavirus as of April,2020.

UK:

The UK has issued a health advisory that all who are experiencing flu symptoms remain indoors.

The authorities have also given instructions that anyone who has recently returned from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or China be vigilant if experiencing cough or fever or breathlessness and report immediately to health officials.

On 27th March, the British PM Boris Johnson went online to reveal that he had been tested positive for coronavirus and is now in self-isolation at his home in Downing Street. He urged all the citizens to stay indoors and that accurate and responsible testing of the virus would allow them to defeat this disease.

The UK has over 33,000 reported cases of coronavirus infection and over 2,800 dead.

Italy:

Despite a series of extreme measures employed by the government to halt the spread of the virus, including a nationwide lockdown and the shutdown of all non-essential businesses, Italy has been unable to “flatten the curve”. Slowing the spread of the contagion in proving to be an immense challenge for the country with an already overburdened healthcare system.

Italy has seen the most explosive spread of the virus since the pandemic began. The total number of cases reported is 124,632 and the death toll is especially high at 15,362. Experts say that Italy’s demography and unreliable reporting, as well as a weak health-care delivery system, played a key role in the disastrous spread of the virus.

In recent weeks, the number of ICU patients has dropped and the authorities are confident that they have managed to stabilize the situation and are optimistic that the number of cases will begin to drop soon.

I'm a medical student from Bangladesh. As a doctor in the making, I'm fascinated by the regular advancements of medical science. This fuels my passion for trying to follow a health-conscious lifestyle. I love writing and sharing thoughts and ideas. I hope that my work can reach out and help people to enjoy a healthy, happy life. Muhtasim Munir MBBS (3rd year) Armed Forces Medical College