At least 41,482 people are dead and more than 846,251 cases have been confirmed, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads across China and the rest of the world.

Health authorities are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late 2019. The new coronavirus has resulted in more than 846,251 confirmed cases across the world. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations.

March 31st Updates

 
  • Hot spot rise in cases and deaths as of March 31st
    • United States: 17,001, 439 new deaths
    • France: 7,578, 499 new deaths
    • Spain: 6,461, 553 new deaths
    • Germany: 4,100, 37 new deaths
    • Italy: 4,053, 837 new deaths
    • Iran: 3,110, 141 new deaths
    • United Kingdom: 3,009, 381 new death 
    • Turkey: 2,704, 46 new deaths
    • Portugal: 1,035, 20 new deaths
    • Canada: 1,019, 6 new deaths
    • Belgium: 876, 192 new deaths
    • Netherlands: 845, 175 new deaths
    • Switzerland: 683, 74 new deaths
    • Israel: 663, 4 new deaths
    • Philippines: 538, 10 new deaths
    • Austria: 504, 20 new deaths
    • Russia: 501, 8 new deaths
  • Italy has expanded containment measures until April 13th 
  • United States deaths surpass China, bringing the states to 3rd most deaths due to COVID-19 behind Spain and China
  • China will ban entry to all foreigners until further notice to stop resurgence of COVID-19
  • Air Portugal has laid off 90% of its emplpyees
  • Amazon workers in NYC walk out amid concerns of COVID-19 procedures 
  • 15 tons of medical supplies arrive in Spain from China
  • Navy Hospital Ship has docked in NYC
  • US States to have shelter in place/ stay at home measures: Ohio, Louisiana, Delaware, California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, Michigan, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Delaware, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Idaho, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, DC, Virginia, Texas

Quick Facts

  • The Virus

    • WHO early estimates places fatality rate at around 2% (Swiss Medical Weekly)

    • Incubation period: CDC believes at this time that symptoms of Covid-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses.  Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath

    • Much is unknown about how Covid-19, a new coronavirus, spreads. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS, SARS, and now with Covid-19. (CDC)

    • Official name of coronavirus named “COVID-19” (BBC)

  • China

    • At least 3,305 people have died and more than 81,518 confirmed cases
    • Methodology for counting cases in Hubei province changed to only include those confirmed through genetic testing. This helps explain the drop in new case reports. (Al Jazeera)
    • More than half of China’s population is under lockdown
  • International

    • Iranian health officials urged all religious gatherings to be suspended in Qom, news agency ISNA said, after two more people tested positive for the coronavirus in the holy city, where two had previously died from infection (Al Jazeera)
    • CDC travel precautions for China to remain at highest level
    • Japan announces all schools to close until at least April amid outbreak concern
    • Italy locks down entire nation amid rapid spread of COVID-19
  • US

    • 185,270 total confirmed cases across the country as COVID-19 spreads  (CDC), 3,779 deaths reported in the United States
    • More quarantines taking place following docking of cruise ship in Oakland, CA
    • Airport screening to take place at 20 airports including  BOS, ANC, ATL, ORD, DFW, ELP, IAH, LAX, MIA, MSP, JFK, EWR, PHL, SAN, SFO, SJU, SEA, HNL

Air Travel & International Response

  • With Italy on lockdown, airlines have stopped all flights to the country
  • CDC travel to China alert remains highest Level 3 (CDC)
  • US State Department upgrades travel advisory to Level 4 “Do Not Travel” for all of China
  • Taiwan announces restricted entry to all foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days (BBC)
  • France and UK join the US warning citizens against all non-essential travel to China (CBS News
  • American Airlines cancels remaining flights to South Korea through April 24th
  • View a full list of airline cancellations here: (Independent)

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Last updated March 31st, 2020 

 

Updated 3/26/2020

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