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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

This website tracks the spread of Chinese coronavirus around the world in real time

Situation of the coronavirus epidemic in China, as of January 27, 2020. | Johns Hopkins University

Appeared only at the end of December and reported in France last week with three first cases, the number of infected and deaths linked to the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), originating in Wuhan (China), continues to increase. Now, more than 4,400 people are infected worldwide and at least 107 patients have died. In order to help follow the evolution of the disease, researchers recently put online an interactive map fed in real time with data from different world organizations.



An interactive map produced by Johns Hopkins University researchers tracks and visualizes epidemic reports using data from the World Health Organization's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (WHO), Chinese CDC and other sources with mapping of the geographic information system.

As reports are released, the map records the total number of confirmed cases, the total number of deaths and the total number of healings. Each red dot represents an outbreak, the diameter corresponding to the relative size of the epidemic. Clicking on a circle displays information about the region.



In the panic and confusion often encountered during an epidemic, false information can quickly spread. A fact which did not help in this confusion: during the beginnings of the epidemic, China proceeded to the suppression of publications on the social networks, qualified as “false information”. More than eight people have been arrested in China, accused of "publishing or transmitting false information on the Internet and without verification" about the coronavirus. Journalists have even said they were threatened and arrested after "simply reporting the virus".

Graph (from the new online platform) showing the evolution of the total number of 2019-nCov coronavirus infected. On January 27, 2020, the total amounted to at least 4,474 infected. Credits: Johns Hopkins University

A graph on the dashboard shows how quickly the virus has spread in mainland China compared to the rest of the world. So far, 2019-nCoV has spread to 13 other countries, including Japan, the United States, France, Australia and Germany. Consider also the fact that experts expect the actual number of people infected to be much higher than the official total.

While health officials have said they believe this coronavirus will be less aggressive than 2003 SARS, Wuhan has been quarantined and at least 12 other cities have imposed travel restrictions, now forcing more than 50 million of people.

To access the interactive map, Click Here.

SOURCE (CDC)

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