Mar 13, 2020 09:47 PM

Charts of the Day: Covid-19 Cases Explode Outside China


The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases outside China was nearly 18 times higher as of Thursday than it was back in Feb. 25, when the figure of daily new infections outside the country had surpassed that inside it for the first time.


The explosive growth of new infections has sparked global worry over the new coronavirus. On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it had decided to call the disease a pandemic. The organization said it made the decision because it was “deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction.”

China witnessed its fatality rate from Covid-19 rise over the course of the outbreak. That could be seen as a warning to other countries to prepare for a similar growth curve.

Italy, Iran, South Korea, France, Spain and Germany are among the countries that have been hit the hardest. As of Thursday, the six nations had a total of more than 35,000 confirmed cases, according to the WHO.


With a total of 827 deaths as of Thursday, Italy’s fatality rate was 6.6%, the highest of any country in the world, WHO data showed. The rate was even higher than those in cities in Hubei province, the epicenter of China’s outbreak.

Iran has reported a fatality rate of 3.9%, while France’s fatality rate is around 2.1%.


Shortly after the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic, China announced that its epidemic had peaked. Mi Feng, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, made the remark (link in Chinese) at a Thursday press conference in Beijing.

Zhong Nanshan, a Chinese epidemiologist, said (link in Chinese) at another press conference Thursday that he expected the global pandemic to be brought under control by June if most countries mobilize all forces to fight against the coronavirus in response to the WHO’s call.


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