As the world continues to battle ways of ending the global pandemic coronavirus, let’s take a look at the five countries that have been badly hit by the deadly disease.
Let’s start with China.
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 40% by 18 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged and Europe became the new epicentre.
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.
The second country badly hit by Covid-19 is Italy.
Coronavirus is getting severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Travel to Italy and Italians travelling 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 the 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 2,503 on 17 March.
Total cases reached 31,506, which is approximately 40% of those in Mainland China.
The third country badly hit by Covid-19 is Iran.
Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to the rest of the world, currently has more than 16,000 confirmed cases and has reported 988 deaths. Iran has been suspected to have delayed revealing about the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.
A number of 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 Mizan news agency.
The fourth country badly hit by Covid-19 is Spain.
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 early hours of 09 March and rose sharply to more 11,800 on 17 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 too has increased sharply to reach close to 533 as a nation-wide lock-down continues 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.
Last but not the least, the fifth country hit by Covid-19 is Germany.
Coronavirus cases in Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, crossed 9,300.
Similar to its neighbour France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds in order 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 26 deaths reported as of 17 March.
The above are just five out of over one hundred countries who are badly affected by the Coronavirus.