Coronavirus may affect the whole world
The coronavirus is spreading more quickly in Europe, West Asia, and other parts of the world than in China where the virus first emerged in the central city of Wuhan at the end of last year.
The number of new coronavirus infections inside China was for the first time overtaken by fresh cases elsewhere on Wednesday, with Italy, Iran and South Korea emerging as new hotspots for COVID-19.
The battling nations
More than 2,800 people have died and more than 82,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed worldwide. Outside China, South Korea, Italy and Iran are the worst-affected nations.
New nations affected
The disease was also detected for the first time in Estonia, Denmark, Georgia, Brazil, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, Greece, Romania and Algeria. Estonia has confirmed its first coronavirus case in a man who returned from Iran. In Pakistan one of the two victims is in Karachi. Denmark has confirmed its first coronavirus infection in a man who returned from a ski holiday in northern Italy.
North Korea still not confirming
North Korea has postponed the new school term to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The country is ill-equipped to prevent a devastating outbreak. But the elusive nation refused to divulge any more information for the update. Pyongyang has not reported a single case of the COVID-19.
India nationals back
An evacuation flight carrying 76 Indian citizens as well as a number of foreign nationals from Wuhan arrived back in India. It earlier dropped medical supplies in the city where the outbreak originated at the end of last year. India also evacuated people who were stuck in the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama, Japan. Those who returned are not affected by the virus.
In the US, where health authorities are dealing with 59 cases, President Donald Trump sought to calm concerns. He said the US might have to restrict travel to Italy, South Korea and other countries as a result of the outbreak in the future. Saudi Arabia has already freezed visas to foreign nationals who come for pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina there.