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Top 10 Countries Outside China With Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases

Updated on March 7, 2020
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1. South Korea

South Korea’s coronavirus cases jumped above 7,000 on Saturday (March 7), up by 448 from the previous day, with more than half of the total number linked to a secretive church at the center of the country’s outbreak, health authorities said.

The death toll rose by two to 46, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Since mid-February when a woman tested positive after attending services at a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu, the number of infections has exploded in South Korea, giving it the most cases outside China.

There are 7,041 cases in total including a new small cluster of cases reported on Saturday at an apartment complex in Daegu, where some members of the church live, the KCDC said. While 448 new cases remains a sizeable jump, it marked a third straight day of declines in the number of new cases for South Korea.

2. Italy

Italy Covid cases reached 4,636 on 06 March, marking the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside Asia. Covid-19 Italy death toll reached 197.

Vatican city, home to the Pope and headquarters of the Roman Catholic church, reported its first coronavirus case on 06 March.

3. Iran

Iran has one of the very best health care systems in the Middle East, a decentralized system with thousands of medical centers across the country that provide primary, secondary and tertiary care with an effective referral system. We worked as doctors in that system for years.

Yet at least 107 people in Iran have been killed by the new coronavirus, the largest number of deaths outside of China. The dead include a senior adviser to the supreme leader. One of the country’s vice presidents, 23 members of Parliament, the deputy health minister and several other senior government officials are among the 3,513 people officially confirmed to have been infected.

4. Japan

Japan recorded 33 new cases of Covid-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, its highest one-day increase since the outbreak began, according to numbers released by the Health Ministry. The overall total now stands at 1,023, of which 706 are from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

But Japan's coronavirus figures are likely already much higher than reported, with the infection rate suspected to be just the "tip of the iceberg," according to Masahiro Kami, the executive director of Japan's Medical Governance Research Institute, a non-profit group.

5. Germany

Germany's 16 states have confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of reported infections in Germany to 670 as of Friday at 6pm, according to data from John Hopkins University.

Over half of the cases in Germany are in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state where an infected couple attended carnival celebrations.

The northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the western state of Saarland were the latest states to report cases for the first time. The only state without a confirmed case so far is the eastern Saxony-Anhalt.

Out of the all of the confirmed cases since January, there have been a total of 18 recoveries. There have been no reported deaths.

6. France

Coronavirus in France continues to climb, as 423 cases have been reported along with seven deaths.

French authorities are taking emergency measures after a surge in confirmed coronavirus cases, in an attempt to both stop the spread of the virus and reassure the public. Also schools are closed, large group gatherings are banned and the Paris marathon is postponed.

7. Spain

Coronavirus has been linked to a fifth death in Spain, sparking fear among UK holidaymakers and prompting the nation to issue emergency measures to

impose "work from home" conditions.

Authorities said an 87-year-old man from Zaragoza in eastern Spain on Friday became the fifth person to die from coronavirus in the country, as the number of cases grew to 340. Earlier on the same day, an older man from Madrid became the fourth Spaniard to die from the disease. An 82-year-old patient with chronic illnesses also died this week in the Biscay province in the nation's Basque Country after contracting pneumonia and testing positive for coronavirus. The COVID-19 case was confirmed by the Basque Country health department.

The third victim was a 99-year-old woman who died in a hospital in Madrid. According to, Spanish authorities have now issued guidelines to impose "work from home" conditions in locations where there is thought to be contagion risk.

8. United States

The coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 17 late Friday when Florida health officials reported two fatalities, the first in the state.

Earlier in the day, the Seattle-area hospital caring for most of the coronavirus patients who have died in the United States reported three more deaths. Several states reported their first cases, and 21 people on a cruise ship off the coast of California have tested positive for the virus.

In the United States, there are more than 300, and at least half of all U.S. states have confirmed cases.

President Trump signed legislation Friday that provides $8.3 billion of emergency funding to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, enacting into law a measure passed swiftly and with broad bipartisan support.

9. Singapore

Singapore has begun using a new swab test that could determine within hours if a person has been infected with coronavirus, as the city state ramps up measures to tackle the outbreak.Visitors entering the Lion City who have a fever or respiratory symptoms, but are not defined as being a “clinical suspect case”, have had to undergo the test since Thursday.

Suspect cases include people suffering from pneumonia or severe respiratory infections who have had recent travel history toIran, northernItaly,JapanandSouth Korea– all of which have experienced major outbreaks of the virus that causes a pneumonia-like illness known as Covid-19 in recent weeks. Singapore government officials are among the 117 people officially confirmed to have been infected

10. Hong Kong

Three more Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Hong Kong on Friday, including a businessman recently back from Europe, bringing the city’s tally of confirmed infections to 107, health authorities said.The news came along with word that still-unproven antiviral drug remdesivir would be offered to patients at three local hospitals beginning next week.

Speaking at a daily press briefing, Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch at the Centre for Health Protection, said the first of the confirmed cases was a 56-year-old Hongkonger who had travelled to London and Paris for business from February 25 to March 4.


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