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The coronavirus epidemic that started in central China in December is continuing to spread around the world.
As of Monday, the number of cases has multiplied to over 110,000 in 109 countries, according to the World Health Organization. The death toll reached over 3,800.
You can see the spread of the pneumonia-like virus in the maps above from the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The maps are regularly updated with data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
Over the weekend, over 230 cases were added to the United States total. The country now has 566 cases and 21 deaths have been reported.
As more tests become available, the number of cases in the United States is expected to increase. “You’ll see spikes in numbers,” Dr. Celine Grounder, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at New York University, told CNN on Monday. “You will find that the broadcast has always been there.”
California now has 114 cases, according to the state’s public health department. Washington has at least 136 cases and 19 people have died. The researchers say the virus may have been circulating for weeks without being detected in Washington.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge the elderly and people with serious medical conditions to “stay home as much as possible” and avoid crowds.
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While the global death toll has passed more than 3,400, more people have now recovered from the virus than they did. As of Saturday, nearly 90,000 cases have been reported in Asia; more than 8,000 in Europe; 6,000 in the Middle East; about 450 in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and less than 50 cases reported so far in Africa.
China, where the disease was first identified last year, has seen about three quarters of the world’s infections and most of its deaths, but new cases have stabilized and most of those infected have have already resumed. China reported 40 new cases in the past 24 hours on Monday, the lowest level since it began publishing data nationwide on January 20 and 22 new deaths.
The virus is now multiplying faster in other countries, including Italy, South Korea and Iran.
Italy is attempting austere measures to block 16 million people, over a quarter of its population. Archaeological sites and museums, cinemas and shopping centers are all affected by the new restrictions, which focus on a swath in northern Italy but are disrupting daily life across the country.
In Iran, fears about the virus and the government’s decreasing credibility have become a major challenge for leaders who already oppose American sanctions. More than 1,000 infections have been confirmed overnight, bringing the country’s total to 5,823 cases, including 145 deaths.
While many scientists say the world is clearly in the grip of a pandemic – a serious global outbreak – the World Health Organization still does not call it that, saying that the word could further scare the world.
The virus is still far less prevalent than annual flu epidemics, which cause up to 5 million serious cases worldwide and up to 650,000 deaths annually, according to the WHO.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Amy Graff is a digital editor with SFGATE. Email your suggestions and photos to email@example.com.
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