Coronavirus cases and deaths are now higher OUTSIDE of China than inside the nation where the outbreak began as global death toll soars past 6,600 with 170,000 patients infected
- Recorded cases across 152 countries outside China have reached almost 90,000
- China have recorded 80,900 since the virus emerging in December 2019
- For a long time, China made up the majority of cases. It still accounts for half
- Europe makes up a third of cases and has become the new epicentre
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Coronavirus cases and deaths are now higher outside of China than inside, figures show, as the global death toll soars past 6,600 today.
Recorded cases across 152 countries have now reached almost 90,000 compared with China’s 80,900 – an additional 8,000 or so more.
For a long time, China made up the majority of cases, as the deadly bug emerged in the city of Wuhan in December 2019.
But as COVID-19 rapidly spread globally in a matter of weeks, Europe has now become the ‘new epicentre’, the World Health Organisation says.
Italy is nearing 23,000 confirmed cases, making it the worse affected by the disease outside of China, followed by South Korea and Iran.
More cases of the coronavirus have now been diagnosed outside of China than inside
Since COVID-19 was first detected in December, more than 170,400 people have been infected, 80,955 of which are in China.
The nation makes up 47 per cent of the total cases, while Europe accounts for a third of cases, with more than 58,000.
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GLOBAL TOTAL: 172,553 cases and 6,648 deaths
Some 77,200 of the global total have recovered, according to John Hopkins University data.
Coronaivrus cases peaked in China in mid-February, when the country was recording around 3,500 new cases a day. This dramatically slowed, with only 27 new cases recorded yesterday.
Meanwhile, Europe is in the grips of a crisis as cases reach record-breaking levels every day.
Countries have followed draconian measures that have appeared to successfully curb the epidemic in China, such as whole-nation lock downs and the closure of schools, transport networks and tourist attractions.
However, the extent to which these dramatic interventions work to stem the pandemic are yet to be officially revealed.
The UK has been slow to follow suit, as Government ministers claim to be ‘following the science’.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is today facing mounting pressure for a dramatic escalation of the government’s coronavirus response.
The coronavirus pandemic, labelled as such by the World Health Organisation, means the new disease is spreading around the world beyond expectations.
Knock-on effects of the virus has seen airlines and businesses on the brink of collapse, sparking fears of a global recession.
The FTSE 100 plunged yet again today as it fell nearly eight per cent despite global central banks slashing interest rates after one of the worst weeks in its history.