Over 120,000 People Have Recovered From Coronavirus Around the World

The coronavirus outbreak has seen more than 120,000 people recover from infection, as of Thursday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei province of China, has spread to over 500,000 people across nearly 175 countries and claimed the lives of nearly 22,300 people.

Around 81,700 cases have been confirmed in China and nearly 73,000 are reported to have recovered to date. China claims the outbreak has been largely contained, with more cases now reported outside the country than within.

Earlier this week, China lifted outbound travel restrictions in Hubei, while restrictions in Wuhan, which has been under a strict lockdown since late January in the wake of the outbreak, will also be lifted next month.

Other nations have also reported thousands of recoveries, such as in Italy, which also currently has the highest number of deaths in the world. But its total number of recoveries is greater than its death toll, with more than 9,300 people having recovered, while nearly 7,500 have died.

While Italy's death toll has been climbing, WHO noted there were some "encouraging signs" in the country as it reported a lower rate of infection on Thursday.

"While the situation remains very serious, we are starting to see some encouraging signs," the WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said at a press conference on Thursday.

"Italy, which has the highest number of cases in the region, has just seen a slightly lower rate of increase, though it is still too early to say that the pandemic is peaking in that country," he added.

Iran currently reports the highest number of recovered patients outside China, with nearly 10,457 recoveries. The virus has affected over 29,400 people and claimed the lives of more than 2,230, as of Thursday.

Coronavirus patient discharged China Feb 2020
The first patient who had new coronavirus pneumonia in Fujian is discharged from hospital upon recovery in Putian, Fujian, China on February 3. Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. Getty Images

Earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed the country's death count was declining, based on a reported drop in hospital check-ins.

Rouhani said at a meeting with the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus: "Among the topics discussed was a report according to which it was evident that hospital check-ins in provinces had declined and that the death toll was declining, both of which are important to us."

Between nearly 4,000 and 7,000 recoveries have also been reported across Spain, France, Germany and South Korea. All of these countries also rank among the top 10 countries with the highest number of confirmed cases outside China.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the recovery curve compared to the infection curve of the virus.

Number of COVID-19 cases compared to recoveries.
Number of COVID-19 cases compared to recoveries.

The U.S. has reportedly had 619 people recover from infection but the official count has yet to be confirmed. Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it does not "have the current numbers for recovered patients at this time, and CDC has not included this data in our ongoing case counts as of yet". The spokesperson said the CDC "may put it [the data on recoveries] together in the future."

Top 10 countries with highest number of recoveries (as of March 26)

  1. China - more than 73,000 recoveries
  2. Iran - 10,457 recoveries
  3. Italy - 9,362 recoveries
  4. Spain - 7,015 recoveries
  5. Germany - 5,669 recoveries
  6. South Korea - 4,144 recoveries
  7. France - 3,900 recoveries
  8. Belgium - 675
  9. U.S. - 619
  10. Japan - 310

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across the globe.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world.
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world.

Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
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