A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and the rest of the world.
As of 12 noon on March 8, there are over 80,000 confirmed cases in China and 25,000 abroad. There have also been 3,100 deaths in China and 500 abroad.
It has also been reported that over 57,000 individuals have recovered from the virus, however, health experts have warned of the risk of reinfection for the recovered.
South Korea has one of the worst outbreaks in the world with 7,300 infections and 50 deaths.
Iran has over 6,500 infections and 194 reported deaths, with one female lawmaker dying from COVID-19.
On Sunday, Italy imposed a lockdown on large parts of the north, including the cities of Milan and Venice, covering some 16 million people.