Animated graphic shows how severely each country was hit with coronavirus over the last two months


How coronavirus spread around the world: Animated graphic shows how severely each country was hit over the last two months

  • The rapidly-spreading disease has been found in over 80 countries worldwide
  • UK today confirmed first coronavirus death as cases double to 116 in two days
  • 8 of 29 cases today were patients who caught the deadly virus on British soil

A graphic shows the shocking spread of the deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 97,000 people and killed over 3,000.

Coronavirus has been found in over 80 countries worldwide and the graphic – created with data from the World Health Organisation – shows just how rapidly it has spread.

It comes as the UK today confirmed its first coronavirus death in an ‘elderly person with underlying health conditions’.

Coronavirus has been found in over 80 countries worldwide and the graphic – created with data from the World Health Organisation – shows just how rapidly it has spread

The disease has doubled in Britain in two days to 116 and health chiefs revealed patients with mild symptoms will be asked to stay at home instead of being treated in hospital

 The disease has doubled in Britain in two days to 116 and health chiefs revealed patients with mild symptoms will be asked to stay at home instead of being treated in hospital

Coronavirus began when the WHO was alerted by Chinese authorities to a number of pneumonia-like cases in the city of Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei Province

Coronavirus began when the WHO was alerted by Chinese authorities to a number of pneumonia-like cases in the city of Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province

The UK's first coronavirus death was an 'older patient who had underlying health conditions' who was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

The UK’s first coronavirus death was an ‘older patient who had underlying health conditions’ who was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

The disease has doubled in Britain in two days to 116 and health chiefs revealed patients with mild symptoms will be asked to stay at home instead of being treated in hospital. 

NHS officials revealed the patient, who hasn’t been identified, tested positive for the killer infection last night at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading before succumbing to the illness today. 

It is unclear if they were taken to a specialist hospital for treatment.

No further details about the patient were released but the hospital trust admitted they had ‘previously been in and out of hospital’. 

A woman is pictured wearing a face mask today at Crufts, a dog show in Birmingham which is expected to attract thousands of visitors

A woman is pictured wearing a face mask today at Crufts, a dog show in Birmingham which is expected to attract thousands of visitors  

Supermarket shelves have been seen stripped of home cleaning products – the chief medical officer today said the virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to three days

Supermarket shelves have been seen stripped of home cleaning products – the chief medical officer today said the virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to three days

Health chiefs fear they caught the virus in the UK because they had not recently travelled abroad – eight of the 29 cases confirmed today were patients who caught the deadly virus on British soil.

Elderly coronavirus patients are at higher risk of suffering deadly complications because of their weaker immune systems. 

England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said: ‘I offer my sincere condolences to their family and friends.’

Chopped tomatoes have flown off the shelves in a Tesco store. People have said they are setting up 'contingency plans' in case a disaster strikes in the UK

Chopped tomatoes have flown off the shelves in a Tesco store. People have said they are setting up ‘contingency plans’ in case a disaster strikes in the UK

A passenger wears a face mask while riding the London Underground today as infections rapidly approached triple digits in the UK

A passenger wears a face mask while riding the London Underground today as infections rapidly approached triple digits in the UK

Pedestrians wear face masks as they walk through Piccadilly Circus - normally a bustling tourist hotspot - in  central London

Pedestrians wear face masks as they walk through Piccadilly Circus – normally a bustling tourist hotspot – in  central London

In Italy – which has seen the worst outbreak in Europe – had its highest number of coronavirus deaths in a single day with 41 new fatalities.

The latest figures – the highest the country has seen in one day – brings the death toll to 148.

It comes as Italy announced a clampdown on people visiting their elderly relatives in its latest bid to contain the deadly disease, that infected a further 769 today bringing the total confirmed cases to 3,858.

Coronavirus began when the WHO was alerted by Chinese authorities to a number of pneumonia-like cases in the city of Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei Province. 

The data for the latest graphic is collected from the WHO, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), China’s National Health Commission (NHC), and the Chinese medical community website DXY that combines data from China’s NHC and CDC.

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