As the coronavirus reaches more than 170 countries and the WHO declares nCoV as a global pandemic, Pharmaceutical Technology lists the top ten COVID 19 affected countries, by the number of cases.

USA

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the US increased significantly in the third week of March as testing was made more rapid and overtook China’s on 26 March making the US the most affected country by coronavirus in the world currently, by cases.

The US COVID-19 cases earlier crossed South Korean cases on 19 March, moving beyond 33,500 on 23 March, and surging to more than 50,000 on 24 March, while the death toll crossed 650.

Community spread and delayed testing has been a major concern to Americans as enough test kits are not available across states.

The first coronavirus case in the US was confirmed on 21 January, but the cases surged from the second half of February.

China

China, including Hong Kong and Macau, is the second-worst affected country by the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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China witnessed more than 3,000 deaths and approximately 74% of the global coronavirus cases as of 09 March, which quickly came down to 58% by 13 March and to 40% by 18 March as the number of cases in rest of the world surged and Europe became the new epicentre. Within a week, coronavirus cases in the rest of the world belittled China’s. As of 27 March, Chinese coronavirus cases accounted for just 15% of the global cases.

Hubei is the most-affected province within China and Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei, is the city affected worst by the coronavirus. Hubei has witnessed more than 67,000 coronavirus-positive cases and continues to report deaths, although at a slower rate than before.

The number of cases in China, however, has been on the decline starting March due to the rapid control measures and response by the Chinese government.

Italy

Coronavirus continues to be severe in Italy, making it the most-affected in Europe as well as outside Asia. Italy has witnessed the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the world. Travel to Italy and Italians travelling to other countries during the outbreak has been traced to have caused COVID-19 spread.

Once confined to Northern Italy, COVID-19 cases have spread to entire Italy leading to a nation-wide lock-down. The Italian government’s early measures such as closing educational institutions temporarily might have limited the spread, although the aged population continues to be a concern.

Coronavirus deaths in Italy increased by more than nine times in ten days, from 366 on 08 March to more than 5,400 on 23 March and further beyond 8,200 by 26 March. Confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy crossed 80,000, which is close to those in Mainland China, as of 26 March.

Spain

Spain has overtaken South Korea in the number of coronavirus cases in the third week of March. Since the first coronavirus case confirmed on 01 February, the Spanish COVID-19 nCoV-infected cases got closer to 1,000 in early hours of 09 March and rose sharply to more than 64,000 on 27 March. A minister in Spain has contracted coronavirus, while the King and Queen are also being tested.

Spain is currently the second most-affected European country with coronavirus. Spanish coronavirus death toll too has increased sharply to cross 4,800. A nation-wide lock-down has been announced affecting millions of its residents.

Tourism, a crucial sector for Spain, is expected to face an adverse impact due to the global coronavirus fears. The Spanish government has advised companies to ask employees to work from home to avoid spread.

Germany

Coronavirus cases in Germany, which borders France and Switzerland, have crossed 47,000.

Similar to its neighbour France, Germany too banned public events involving huge crowds in order to prevent spread. Trade fair, The Hannover Messe, has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak situation.

Coronavirus mortality rate in Germany is, however, comparatively lesser at 0.6%, with 281 deaths reported as of 26 March.

France

France, the fourth most-affected European nation by the coronavirus, has overtaken South Korea in the number of COVID-19 cases. COVID-19 nCoV cases in France have crossed 29,000, while the death toll reached close to 1,700.

The French government has banned public gatherings. The popular Louvre Museum in Paris was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The Paris city has reported COVID-19 coronavirus-positive cases, apart from other regions including Amiens, Bordeaux, and Eastern Haute-Savoie.

A worker at Disneyland Paris was reported by Reuters as having contracted the coronavirus. France currently has only a few clusters with coronavirus. The ongoing outbreak remains a concern to the French tourism industry as coronavirus fears are resulting in a drop in visitors.

Iran

Iran, another country from where coronavirus spread to rest of the world, currently has more than 32,000 confirmed cases and has reported more than 2,300 deaths. Iran is suspected to have delayed revealing about the spread of corona virus in their country and under-reporting the cases.

A number of countries have traced their coronavirus-infected having contracted the disease during travel to Iran. Many government officials and politicians including MPs in Iran have contracted coronavirus, some of who died.

Amid fears of further coronavirus spread, Iran announced the temporary release of approximately 70,000 prisoners, according to Mizan news agency.

United Kingdom (UK)

The UK coronavirus cases surged significantly in the third and fourth weeks of March making it one of the top ten countries with coronavirus.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK surged to 5,741 on 23 March and crossed 11,800 on 26 March, while death toll reached 578.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus on 27 March.

Switzerland

Switzerland, a popular tourist destination, is the sixth most affected European country by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The positive COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Switzerland, whose borders are close to Milan, Italy, crossed 11,800 as on 26 March.

Some of the major cities in Switzerland, such as Geneva and Zurich, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.

Deaths in Switzerland due to coronavirus have crossed 190. The Swiss hotel and tourism industries will be affected if the coronavirus situation continues to stay for long.

South Korea

South Korea is among the Asian nations most hit by coronavirus outside China due to its proximity to the latter. Coronavirus cases in South Korea started surging in February and crossed 9,300 on 26 March.

Deaths due to coronavirus in South Korea have reached 139. The country is being assisted by China, whose experience in containing the outbreak has resulted in controlling the local spread of the epidemic.