The new form of coronavirus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a “high” risk on a global level, has now spread to over a dozen countries.
Over 100 people have died since the outbreak started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, late last year. According to a virus tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, which pulls in data from a range of official health bodies, the death toll has hit 107, and 4,474 cases have been confirmed.
That marks a rise from the 80 deaths and 2,798 confirmed in a report published by the WHO on Monday, where it warned the virus was a “very high” risk to China, and “high” risk at a regional and global level. At the time, the body stated a further 5,794 cases were suspected.
Since December 2019, the bug has spread to Macau and Hong Kong, as well as Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, France, Vietnam, Cambodia, Canada and Germany, with reports of a suspected case on the Ivory Coast also documented by the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.
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