Coronavirus MAPPED: How many countries have coronavirus?

Coronavirus – official name COVID-19 – is continuing to infect people around the world, with 95,748 infected at the time of writing. The virus was discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019 and has gone on to spread across the globe.

According to, of the 95,748 infected, 53,423 have recovered and 39,039 are currently sick.

The virus has killed 3,286, mostly those with pre-existing conditions.

Countries are implementing procedures to prevent the spread of the virus, with lockdowns, school closures and travel restrictions in place across some areas.

In Italy, all schools and universities have been closed after the death toll soared to 107.

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The number of people infected in Italy stands at 3,089. Of these 2,706 are currently sick and 276 have recovered.

How many countries have coronavirus?

According to data from, coronavirus is affecting 87 countries and territories.

The majority of cases are in China where the virus originated, with 80,430 COVID-19 diagnoses in China to date.

The next highest level of infections is in South Korea, where there are 6,088 cases.

The is followed by Iran with 3,513 cases and Italy close behind on 3,089 instances of the virus.

According to the most recent figures, the next highest amount is on board the cruise ship The Diamond Princess, where 706 people have been infected with the virus.

Of these, six have died, 212 recovered and 488 are ongoing.

In the UK there are 90 cases of coronavirus, with 82 of these active and eight recovered.

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British health minister Matt Hancock warned on Thursday of “tough” weeks ahead in the battle to combat the spread of coronavirus.

However, he added the Government was not planning to shut schools and universities at this stage.

Mr Hancock said: ”In the coming weeks, it will be tough, but with calm heads and clear determination, together we can see it through.”

Now scientists have identified two strains of coronavirus which are causing infection.

One strain is more aggressive than the other, which according to the study indicates the disease has mutated at least once.

The study from Peking University found the more aggressive strain is what is infecting 70 percent of those analysed, and the less aggressive strain accounts for the rest.

However experts have cautioned this is preliminary research, and more needs to be done before drawing firm conclusions.

Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

If you are in the UK and feel you may have coronavirus, the NHS advises ringing 111 and letting them know your symptoms.

Do not attend a GP surgery, walk-in centre or A&E if you may be infected as this could further spread the virus. 

For more information on coronavirus, you can visit the World Health Organisation (WHO) website here or the NHS website here.

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