180 years after the first incident was published in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the novel has now recorded its 10 million people infected with the coronavirus.
This year, the virus spread around the world and reached every continent except Antarctica, as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it an epidemic.
Infections have now been reported in more than 210 countries and territories.
And the coronavirus is now officially ruled as responsible for nearly half a million deaths worldwide.
On December 31, the World Health Organization was informed by a group of unusual pneumonia patients in Wuhan, China, that the virus had spread rapidly.
By January, the virus had spread across the country, eventually reaching 31 provinces in China.
In one day in mid-February, about 6,500 new infections were reported in the country.
A man adjusts his protective mask as he walks through a poster in Beijing on Sunday showing a suitable way to wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of the virus. Photo: PA
The reproduction rate of the virus was drastically reduced by severe lockdowns across Wuhan’s vast metropolis, as well as increased social distance rules and testing.
On Sunday, China’s active confirmed cases dropped to less than a thousand.
And although the virus has officially killed 44,144 people in the country, most of the global COVID-19 numbers have been elsewhere since the end of February.
The virus has spread beyond China
The first case outside of China was discovered in Thailand on January 15 before spreading rapidly to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
Notably, 58 coronavirus deaths have been recorded so far in the epidemic in Thailand.
But in March, Europe emerged as the world’s epicenter of the virus.
The continent reported half of the world’s new infections for the first time on March 5, and at its worst, more than 80 percent of the daily statistics were identified.
The government has forced millions of people across the continent into lockdown as it continues its efforts to stem the spread of the virus.
Two large clusters of the virus first overwhelmed the health system in northern Italy.
But as the virus spread to other parts of the country, the Italian government encouraged regional lockdowns, just a few weeks before life went unnoticed.
These were soon extended to a nationwide lockdown and new cases of coronaviruses in the country peaked in mid-March.
Italy was initially the most affected European country. Photo: AP
Over the past two months, death and infection rates in Italy have dropped, and earlier this month the country reopened its borders and lifted a regional travel ban.
On Saturday, only eight Cavid-19 people died in Italy, the country reported a single death toll for the first time since March.
Although Russia has become a new hot spot, the virus seems to have reached the top of the continent with new confirmed and deaths in the UK, Italy, Spain and France.
SARS-CoV-2 does not respect the country’s borders and by April had a new global center: the United States of America, which remains one of the deadliest outbreaks in the world to this day.
By April, the virus had spread so far in the United States that only one country had the number of confirmed cases in the final state of Europe.
For more than a month, the United States alone has reported more than a third of the world’s infections.
Hotspots around the developing world
While most of the early spread of the Stork-Cavi-2 outside China was in developed countries in Europe and North America, the developing world is now experiencing a virus conflict.
Many countries in hotspots such as Latin America, South Asia and Africa will be battling the virus for a long time to come.
The WHO announced South May as a new center for the Americas, and this month Brazil surpassed the United States to have the highest number of daily infections in any country.
Brazilian President Zaire Bolsonaro was criticized for managing the epidemic because he avoided social distance and described it as a job-killing measure.
Brazil has already recorded more than 1.3 million confirmed cases and more than 50,000 deaths from the virus, with more than two and a half hundred cases each in Peru and Chile.
Brazil now holds the record for most carniviruses worldwide. Photo: AP
The stork-covi-2 spreads much slower than in Africa, but the WHO warns that the virus is also found outside capital cities, and the lack of testing capacity and supplies is hampering the response.
Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria have the highest number of reported cases on the continent, with South Africa alone accounting for one-third of more than 3.5 million confirmed cases.
In South Asia, India has also been infected, with more than 500,000 confirmed diseases in the country – the fourth largest in the world.
Coronavirus is not declining
The rate at which the virus is spreading is still increasing.
For the world it takes 45 million days from 20 million cases to six million.
It took just 28 days to climb another four million.
If the virus does not slow down, the world will reach 20 million cases by September.
The number of true deaths is expected to be even higher
The actual number of infections may be much higher than the number of confirmed cases.
Similarly, the actual number of deaths is better off underestimated by the statistics obtained from each country.
Worldwide, five percent of the people prescribed by COVID-19 have died.
However, its survival rate has been driven by a handful of weak countries.
The virus has dramatically affected the health systems of different countries in different ways.
Yemen, where the virus spread virtually unhindered, has the highest mortality rate in the world.
However, the biggest contributors to the global mortality rate are the group of European countries that were most affected by the epidemic, including Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.
In some respects, those countries reflect the extremely high rates that their health systems were rapidly overwhelmed by patients and did not have the capacity to treat all serious infections.
Mortality rates are also higher in cases where a country is not able to test enough to catch most infections.
Australia’s mortality rate is currently 1.3 per cent.