Coronavirus Update, Map, As Global Cases Pass 780,000, Over 165,000 Have Recovered From Infection

The coronavirus has spread to more than 787,000 people across at least 178 countries and regions. Over 37,800 have died from infection, while more than 166,200 have recovered, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in China's Hubei province, has affected nearly 82,200 people in China. China claims the virus has now been largely contained, with no recent domestic cases reported. However, the country has seen a rise in imported cases.

Trump may expand travel ban

President Donald Trump may extend the travel restrictions imposed earlier this month (an entry ban on foreign nationals from the 26 Schengen Area countries in Europe, as well as the U.K. and Ireland) given the "tremendous impact" the restrictions have had in curtailing the spread of the virus in the U.S., which is now the epicenter of the pandemic. The country has reported over 164,600 cases, including a death toll of more than 3,000.

"They'll [the restrictions] be staying and we may add a few more, but the guidelines will be very much as they are. Maybe even toughened up a little bit. But they're having a big impact. They're having a tremendous impact and we're starting to see it. And that's the key: We're starting to see the impact that they're having," Trump said at a White House press briefing on Monday night.

France sees its highest daily death toll

France recorded its largest daily death count on Monday, with 418 fatalities. The number of patients in intensive care also increased by more than 10 percent to 5,107.

With the outbreak said to be spreading in the west of the greater Paris region, where hospitals are at near saturation point, many patients in need of critical care are being transferred to hospitals overseas. Eighty people have been transported to hospitals in Switzerland, Germany and Luxembourg.

The head of the French public health authority, Jerome Salomon, told reporters: "We are not in a drop at the moment. We hope that this increase will be more modest in the coming days."

"The growth phase of the epidemic in the region will probably last two weeks," noted Pierre Delobel, head of the infectious and tropical diseases unit at University Hospital Toulouse, where total cases have jumped from eight to 40 within a week.

"Then there will be a slowdown but that does not mean a decrease, it will go up less quickly," he added.

France has been under lockdown measures since March 17 and has reported at least 45,170 cases so far, the sixth-largest number of confirmed cases in the world.

Spain becomes third country with more cases than China

Spain's total infections overtook China's on Monday, becoming the third country to do so, following the U.S. and Italy. Confirmed cases reached nearly 88,000, while its death toll also surpassed China's, reporting at least 7,716 fatalities as of Tuesday.

The country is in its third week of a nationwide lockdown, which the government announced will be extended for another two weeks while all non-essential work will also be banned until mid-April, Reuters reports.

Daily infection increases have slowed following lockdown measures, dropping to around 12 percent in the past five days from around 20 percent in the previous 10, according to a spokesperson for Spain's health emergency center.

Japan tightens borders

Japan is also planning to extend its entry ban. It already has restrictions in place for travelers from parts of China and South Korea, including Hubei and Daegu (the South Korean city where most of the country's cases have been concentrated), as well as more than 20 European countries. It is considering expanding the ban to all foreigners who have traveled to the U.S., China, South Korea and most of Europe within 14 days of arriving in Japan, government officials confirmed.

Japan, which has reported around 2,000 cases, has managed to avoid the explosion of infections its neighbors South Korea and China have seen. However, its capital Tokyo has reported a recent surge in cases and the government has been urged to declare a national state of emergency.

"If we wait until an explosive increase in infections before declaring an emergency, it will be too late," Satoshi Kamayachi, an executive board member of the Japan Medical Association, warned at a news conference. The country has postponed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until next year.

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.

Lagos begins lockdown, Italy extends measures

Nigeria's Lagos, Africa's most populous city with nearly 14.4 million people, went into lockdown on Monday at 11 p.m. The country has 131 confirmed cases, as of Tuesday. At least 81 cases are in Lagos, while two deaths have been reported in the country, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

"Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I [Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhariam] am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11pm on Monday, 30th March 2020," the government of Nigeria confirmed in a post on its official Twitter account.

"This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States.

"All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period," the government said.

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Russian police officers patrol on March 30, 2020 in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow as the city and its surrounding regions imposed lockdown. Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises. Getty Images

Moscow, the most populous city entirely in Europe, also began its lockdown on Monday, ordering its nearly 12.5 million residents to remain at home. Other regions in the country were also preparing to impose similar lockdowns, The Associated Press reported.

Russia has reported 1,836 cases as of Tuesday. Russian officials have confirmed the virus is rapidly gaining ground in the country and that its relatively low reported confirmed cases may be down to insufficient testing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned: "We have managed to win time and slow down an explosive spread of the disease in the previous weeks, and we need to use that time reserve to the full."

Italy, the country second worst-hit by the virus, reporting more than 101,700 cases, has extended its lockdown through April 12. The country has been in full lockdown mode for nearly three weeks. The governor of the southern region of Puglia believes the restrictions should remain in place until May.

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

number of worldwide coronavirus cases
This chart shows the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases worldwide. Statista

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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