On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease caused by the new coronavirus spread to more than 100 countries and led to tens of thousands of cases within a few months. The disease was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and is thought to have originated from a zoonotic transmission from animal to human. The earliest cases were traced to Wuhan’s “wet markets” where people come into contact with wild animals.
By April 22, 2020, there were 2.5 million confirmed cases in 213 countries, with 175,000 deaths worldwide. In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, countries have issued orders for residents to stay at home, businesses to close and for all people to observe “social distancing.” These measures have been a blow to the global economy, spurring high unemployment, a halt in some manufacturing, transportation and trade. Experts expect continued spread of the virus until a vaccine is developed, tested and deployed around the globe.
World Population : 170,060,000
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