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Coronavirus: Sharp Uptick in Confirmed Cases Reported Outside of China

Outside of China, there are 2,074 confirmed cases — including 23 deaths — in 28 countries as of Monday.

A disinfection professional wears protective gear spray anti-septic solution against the coronavirus at a traditional market on February 24, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. | Getty Images
A disinfection professional wears protective gear spray anti-septic solution against the coronavirus at a traditional market on February 24, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. | Getty Images

The number of new, deadly strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has sharply increased outside of China.

Outside of China, there are 2,074 cases confirmed — including 23 deaths — in 28 countries as of Monday, with the largest concentrations seen in Italy, Iran, and Korea, according to the World Health Organization. In China, more than 77,000 people have contracted the virus, and more than 2,500 people have died, according to health officials.

The WHO has not yet declared the disease a pandemic, though the outbreak was classified as an international emergency in late January, but Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization is preparing to.

More than 800 people in South Korea have been infected with COVID-19, which surpasses any other country besides China, according to multiple outlets. The U.S. has issued a travel advisory for South Korea because of the outbreak.

In Italy, confirmed cases increased to more than 200 as of Monday, causing the country to shut down public events in 10 cities. The outbreak in Italy marks the largest outside of Asia. 

In the U.S., there are 53 people who have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all of the confirmed cases involved travel, and only two cases resulted from person-to-person spread.  More than 30 of the confirmed cases in the U.S. include people who were repatriated to the U.S. from either Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease outbreak, or the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined earlier this month off the coast of Japan

Since the outbreak, tourism and travel have taken a progressively bigger hit. According to CNBC, airlines have canceled more than 200,000 flights, and domestic U.S. carriers that fly to China — Delta, United, and American — have all suspended service to the mainland and Hong Kong.

 

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