Data statistics, as of 2020/04/20, 11:00

With more than 2.4 million COVID-19 cases confirmed, and death toll hitting over 160,000 in more than 100 countries and regions worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University, people are being advised to avoid public and crowded spaces and reduce their travels.

In China: 84,239 confirmed cases(including 1,583 originating abroad); 4,642 deaths; 77,904 recovered

China temporarily suspended entry of foreigners with valid visas and residence permits, from March 28.

Outside of China: Over 2,345,9474 confirmed cases; over 164,984 deaths.

U.S. over 40,000 deaths have been reported and total confirmed cases have surpassed 755,000, meaning the U.S. has the largest number of both coronavirus fatalities and infections in the world.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from the hospital, though it’s unclear when he’ll be return to work.

France extended its nationwide lockdown to May 11.

As the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths are growing worldwide, the US and other countries declared national emergency. Recently there were sharp rises in new cases in Iran, Italy, South Korea and Spain. The whole world is on high alert for a possible global pandemic. At present, the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus is at the most critical stage, and many countries are facing the threat of the epidemic.

Territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 (March 23)

Source: Expat Focus

Mortality rate: COVID-19 kills 3.4% of cases globally, a figure far above the seasonal flu’s fatality rate of below 1%, says WHO.

Outbreaks worsen in Europe, Crippling Italy 

In Europe, Italy is the front line with most confirmed cases and fatalities, as the outbreak is spreading. The country has applied quarantine measures in the entire county. Public gatherings are banned, all sporting events are suspended and people will only be able to travel to work or family emergencies. Italy’s total cases topped 178,972, as the death toll rose above 23,660 in the country.

Spain’s registered on Sunday a sharp drop in the daily death toll from coronavirus, falling to 410 from 565. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said he will ask Parliament to extend the lockdown until May 9. total confirmed cases rose to 195,944 and the death toll 20,453.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tested negative for the virus. Prince Albert II of Monaco tested positive for COVID-19. EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier announced he also tested positive for the virus. The UK’s Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Iran: 74800+ Cases, over 4600 Deaths

The country’s deputy health minister is conformed one of those infected.

Spanish police officers in Tenerife

Source: CGTN


Global Stock Markets Continue to Dive

As the Dow Jones, Nasdaq, Nikkei and other stock markets recently slid 3% finance ministers from the Group of 20 major economies warned during a meeting in Saudi Arabia over the weekend that the coronavirus outbreak could pose a greater threat to the global economy than earlier expected.

Quarantine for Foreigners returning from abroad

From March 28th on, China will temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals.

On March 3rd, Beijing has once again adjusted its policy on outbreak control for foreigners returning from overseas, saying they will be treated no differently than Chinese and some will in fact be subject to mandatory quarantine.

Citizens coming from South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, and “other severely affected countries” are now required to conduct a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.