Coronavirus is a fast-moving infection originating in China. It has spread to more than 145 countries and claimed more than 6,400 lives.
There are now more cases around the world than there are inside China, where the spread of new cases has slowed down in recent days. Italy, so far, has the highest number of confirmed infections outside China.
This map helps us to understand whereto it has spread thus far
A rise in the number of daily confirmed cases of the new coronavirus internationally has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare its spread a global pandemic.
This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.
In response to the virus’s spread, countries around the world are ramping up measures to try to slow it down.
Governments have halted flights from virus-hit nations, locked down towns, urged people to stay at home, and suspended major sporting and social events.
So far, the official numbers seemed to suggest that sub-Saharan Africa, home to more than 1 billion people, had been lucky. The interactive map of reported COVID-19 cases run by Johns Hopkins University shows big red blobs almost everywhere except sub-Saharan Africa.
But now the numbers are rising quickly. South Africa, which had its first case 10 days ago (8 March 2020), now has 61. According to Ramaphosa, the virus has begun spreading inside the country. And just yesterday, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, and Namibia all reported their first cases, bringing the number of affected countries to 23. Some scientists believe COVID-19 is circulating silently in other countries as well. “My concern is that we have this ticking time bomb,” says Bruce Bassett, a data scientist at the University of Cape Town who has been tracking COVID-19 data since January.