By Edwin Kis’sanya and AFP
It started in the Chinese City of Wuhan but the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) quickly spread to other parts of the country and eventually found its way out of China.
Cases of the deadly virus have now been confirmed in at least 25 countries in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.
Here are the places that have confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus as February 11th 2020:
- China - 42,638
In December 2019, China reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus infection in Wuhan in the Hubei province of China.
As of February 11, at least 42,638 people in mainland China were confirmed as having been infected with the virus, most of them from in and around Wuhan.
China's national health commission said that at least 1,016 people have died from the virus.
- The United Kingdom - 8
Two Chinese nationals visiting the United Kingdom tested positive for coronavirus on 31st January 2020 - the first confirmed cases.
The total number of people infected in the country has since jumped to eight.
- UAE - 8
The first coronavirus in the UAE was confirmed on Jan. 29, 2020 but as of February 11, the number of cases had risen to eight.
- Sweden - 1
Coronavirus was first detected in Sweden on 31st January 2020 when a woman who had just returned to the country from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. No other case has been reported in the country since then.
- Vietnam - 15
Vietnam reported the first two cases of the virus on January 23, a Chinese man from Wuhan who had travelled to Ho Chi Minh City in early January and passed the virus on to his son.
As of February 11, the number of cases stood at 15 - including one cured case, according to pharmaceuticaltechnology.com.
- Canada - 7
Canada confirmed its first case of the virus on January 25, a man who travelled to Wuhan. The patient’s wife was also suspected of having the virus, having travelled with him.
As of February 7, the number of confirmed cases had jumped to 7.
- The United States - 13
The first coronavirus case was detected in Washington on January 21.
The patient had returned to the US from Wuhan. As of February 11, the country had confirmed 13 cases of the virus.
According to pharmaceuticaltechnology.com, a total of 293 suspected cases of the infection have been reported in the US, of which 206 turned out to be negative and results are awaited for 76.
- Australia - 15
15 cases have been confirmed in Australia as of February 10, most of whom arrived in the country from Wuhan. The patients have been receiving treatment in hospitals in Sydney and Melbourne. Three people have been discharged.
- Cambodia - 1
Cambodia's health ministry reported the country's first case of the virus on Monday on January 27 - a 60-year-old man touring the country.
- Japan -28
Japan's health authorities confirmed the country's fourth case on 25th January, a man in his 40s, visiting Japan from Wuhan.
So far, 28 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the country.
To add to this, another 135 people on the quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise ship had tested positive for the virus.
However, the total number of confirmed cases in the country does not include those on the cruise ship, according to WHO guidelines.
- Malaysia - 18
Malaysia confirmed its fourth case on 26th January. The four were Chinese nationals on holiday from Wuhan who arrived in the country from Singapore.
But the number of cases has since jumped to eighteen, as of February 10. Sixteen of the patients are Chinese nationals who had visited the country.
- Nepal - 1
On January 24 Nepal announced it’s the first case of coronavirus saying that a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan had tested positive for the disease.
The patient, who was initially quarantined, recovered and was discharged.
- Singapore 45
As of January 28, Singapore had confirmed five cases of the coronavirus - all of them arrived in the city-state from Wuhan.
But as of February 10, the number of confirmed had increased to 45.
- South Korea - 27
South Korean media reported the country's fourth case on 27th January, citing the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The three men and a woman all travelled from Wuhan.
But the number of cases has since jumped to 27.
- Sri Lanka - 1
Sri Lanka confirmed its first case of the virus on January 27 - a 43-year-old Chinese woman who had entered the country as a tourist from Hubei province.
A spokesman at the Infectious Diseases Hospital near Colombo told AFP that the woman was being treated in hospital.
- Spain - 2
Spanish authorities reported the country’s first coronavirus case on January 31. A second case was later reported in the country on February 9.
- Taiwan - 18
Taiwan reported its first case of coronavirus on January 21 - but that number has since increased to 18. The latest case was confirmed on February 9.
- Thailand - 33
Thailand reported its first coronavirus case on January 13. As of February 11, a total of 33 cases have been confirmed in the country.
- The Philippines -3
The Philippines recorded the first death due to coronavirus outside China on February 1, having reported the first case of infection on January 30. As of February 5, the number of confirmed cases stood at three.
- Russia -2
The first suspected coronavirus case was reported in Russia on January 30, a Russian citizen who had returned to Mosco from China, Turkish state-run reported.
As of February 11, two cases of the deadly virus had been confirmed in the country.
- Italy - 3
Italy recorded two coronavirus cases on January 30, Chinese tourists who had arrived in Rome.
On February 7, the county’s heal5th ministry announced that one of its citizens evacuated from Wuhan had tested positive for the virus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 3.
- Belgium - 1
Belgium confirmed its first coronavirus case on February 4 when one of its citizens evacuated from Wuhan tested positive for the virus, local media reported.
- Finland - 1
Finland confirmed its first coronavirus case on January 29, a 32-year-old woman from Wuhan.
- France - 11
France was the first European country to record cases of coronavirus on January 24.
As of February 8, a total of 11 cases had been recorded.
- India - 3
India confirmed the first case of coronavirus on 30 January 30. A second case was recorded on February 2.
Another person tested positive for the disease on February 3, bringing the total number of cases as of February 11, to three.
- Germany - 14
Germany registered its first coronavirus case on January 28. The number of cases has since risen to 14.