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Coronavirus maps and charts: A visual guide to the outbreak

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A fast-moving virus originating in China and known as the "new coronavirus" has infected tens of thousands of Chinese citizens and spread to 50 countries. It has claimed nearly 3,000 lives so far.

Here are 11 maps and charts that will help you understand what is going on.

1. New infections outside China top those within

Almost 80,000 people in China have been infected with the coronavirus - known officially as Covid-19 - since the virus's discovery in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, in December.





Although the vast majority of cases of the respiratory infection, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms, remain in China, the virus is now spreading faster outside the country than inside.
A fast-moving virus originating in China and known as the "new coronavirus" has infected tens of thousands of Chinese citizens and spread to 50 countries. It has claimed nearly 3,000 lives so far.
Here are 11 maps and charts that will help you understand what is going on.

Map showing the countries affected by coronavirus outside China



Coronavirus has infected more than 4,300 people across 50 countries, according to World Health Organization (WHO) figures.
The three biggest international outbreaks so far have been in South Korea, with more than 2,000 cases, on board the British-registered Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, which has seen more than 700 people infected, and Italy, with more than 640 confirmed cases.
In a sign the disease is spreading further afield, Brazil announced Latin America's first case on Thursday and the first cases in Africa have been confirmed in Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria. New Zealand has also confirmed its first case.
Within Europe, Austria, Croatia, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia and North Macedonia have reported their first cases, while more infections have been announced in Spain, France and Germany.



Map showing the worst-affected areas of Europe
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On the Spanish island of Tenerife, up to 1,000 guests have been locked down in a hotel after an Italian doctor and his wife tested positive.
Governments across Europe are stepping up preparations, as more cases are detected.
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that a coronavirus epidemic in France is inevitable.


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2. The virus has pandemic potential

The jump in the number of daily confirmed cases internationally has raised fears the outbreak could become a pandemic - when an infectious disease spreads easily from person to person in many parts of the world.
The spread has reached a "decisive point" and has "pandemic potential", WHO head Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus says.
Chart showing the number of cases announced daily outside China has risen recently

Dr Tedros urged governments to act swiftly to contain the virus.
"This is not a time for fear," he said. "This is a time for taking action to prevent infection and save lives now."
Countries around the world are continuing to ramp up measures to battle the disease's spread.
Many have advised their citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to China and other affected countries, while others have announced screening measures for passengers arriving from places with outbreaks.

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