Number of Coronavirus Cases Surpasses One Million Globally

By Kurt Stolz on 2 April 2020
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Just a short while ago, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the world hit the one million figure, although the actual number of people with the virus could be much higher.

It took just four months to reach that figure since the virus first surfaced in December in Wuhan and it was recognized by the World Health Organization as a “public health emergency of international concern” on January 30,2020 and as a pandemic on March 11.

Since then, at least 53,000 people have died across the globe and 212,000 have recovered in what is truly the biggest public health crisis of the past hundred years.  The highly contagious disease is present in 204 countries and territories and has shut down major parts of the world’s economy. Fewer than 20 countries are currently free of infection and world leaders have been criticized, heavily in some cases, for a slow and ineffective leadership to fight the virus.

The virus is highly contagious: some scientists estimate that 25% of those with Covid-19 are unaware because they area symptomatic but even they can infect others. Some countries have been unable or unwilling to conduct broad testing, leading to the conclusion that the actual number of coronavirus patients is far higher than the official figures.

The virus is spread is spread mainly during close contact and by aerosols produced when people cough, sneeze, or talk.  It is believed to remain active on some surfaces, which is why hand washing is so important.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, while complications include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

Governments have responded by closing borders, shuttering restaurants and pubs where people would gather, asking non-essential businesses have their workers telecommute if possible or simply not come to work, and telling millions of people to stay home, all to limit the spread of the virus.

Some countries have managed to significantly flatten the curve, resulting in a relatively tiny number of infections, including Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea.

Italy current has recorded the most deaths, at least 13,915, followed by Spain at 10,348.  The United States has the most confirmed cases of any country, 244,877.  Italy was also the first western country to promulgate extensive bans on personal movement and economic activity, while in Russia, President Vladimir Putin extended his order for a paid, non-working period until April 30, while just a week earlier, the Kremlin had said there was no epidemic in the country.

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