Coronavirus: number of cases outside China dramatically increased

Coronavirus: number of cases outside China dramatically increased

Coronavirus is spreading around the world. Italy, Iran and South Korea have joined China and also become areas with large numbers of cases the disease.

As of Tuesday, February 25, there are about 2,600 infected people that are located not in the country of the original outbreak. The number of deaths outside China is also increasing. Today we know that 15 people have already died in Iran, ten have already died in South Korea and six people could not survive in Italy. Most of the victims were in their 70s and in their 80s.

Other countries are also experiencing hard times.

As TIME.com reports, about 1,000 people have been quarantined in a hotel on Canary Islands, Spain. People are not allowed to leave the building because a doctor living there was confirmed to be infected with the COVID-19.

Japan is still dealing with the situation on the Diamond Princess, the quarantined vessel with a large number of infected passengers. The vessel was quarantined after one passenger had symptoms and was confirmed to have the coronavirus, later other passengers closed on that ship got infected (691 people in total).

United States is another country with a large number of confirmed cases, there are 14 infected people registered there (and 39 Americans were infected on the Diamond Princess).

The reason why the virus keeps spreading despite the draconian quarantine measures is simple: it is difficult to detect infected people as some of them can experience no symptoms. Also, some symptomatic patients may have wrong tests results and be considered negative as the tests are not perfect (and some countries do not have enough resources to test all sick people promptly).

The novel coronavirus called COVID-19 was detected in China last December. Since them, about 80 000 people have fallen ill and more than 2,600 people have died (mostly in China).