The 10 countries that have recorded the most cases of coronavirus

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
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More than 100,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with coronavirus as the illness continues to spread.

COVID-19 have been confirmed in more than 60 countries, with every country in Western Europe hit by the disease.

The EU raised the risk level of infection on Monday from moderate to high as countries such as Italy, France and the UK continue to report new cases of the virus.

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According to Johns Hopkins University, these are the countries that have recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases:


Mainland China, where the virus is said to have spread from, holds the highest number of cases of COVID-19, counting 80,559 across the country.

In the city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, cases hit 19,665.

Hubei province, where the city is located, reported 14,840 new confirmed cases on February 12 - the most recorded number of infections in a single day.

South Korean army soldiers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus on a street in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

South Korea

So far, a total of 6,593 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in South Korea, with 42 of those resulting in fatalities.

The government has raised the warning level for coronavirus from “Border” to “Severe”, following the spike in new cases. 

The first coronavirus case was reported in a 35-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who travelled to Korea on January 20 of this year.


Iran has reported 3,513 confirmed cases and 107 deaths, with the country’s first reported two coronavirus-related deaths occurring on February 20 in Qom. The cities where confirmed cases have been reported include Tehran, Qom and Gilan.

On Saturday US President Donald Trump said he was ready to aid Iran with the virus outbreak if the Islamic republic asked for assistance.

But speaking at the weekly meeting of his cabinet in remarks aired on state television, President Hassan Rouhani said: "Our people know well that you are lying.”

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Coronavirus cases in Italy have raised sharply to 3,862 as of 06 March.

The latest case was reported in Vatican City of a patient. Vatican has closed its healthcare facilities to sanitise the areas, following the confirmation.

The majority of the new cases are being reported in Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, and Liguria regions. The government has implemented various measures to control the spread of virus including a ban on public events in ten municipalities, limited transport, and closure of public buildings.


696 people have been infected in what JHU has categorised as “Others”, including the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan.

There are currently 650 cases from the cruise liner, while 6 people have died as a result of the disease.


A total of 577 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection have been reported in Germany as of 06 March. The cities where confirmed cases have been reported include North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Germersheim, Hesse and Hamburg.

The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety disclosed the first confirmed case of coronavirus infection on 28 January 2020.

The male patient residing in Starnberg near Munich did not travel to China, but had a meeting with a Chinese national and is in stable condition.

(Jon Hopkins University)


As of March 6, France recorded 426 cases of the virus, which have resulted seven deaths. The first coronavirus-related death occurred in France on 15 February, making it the first death in Europe. The second death was reported on 26 February of a 60-year-old French national in Paris.


Japan has reported a total of 381 confirmed cases,excluding 696 cases confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. 

Cases in the country have been reported in Osaka, Hokkaido, Chiba Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Tokyo, Aichi Prefecture, and Nagoya City.

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A total of 360 cases have been reported in Spain, including the Canary Islands, Mallorca, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Villarreal and Tenerife.

Ministry of Health coordinator Fernando Simon warned that the outbreak in Spain is linked with the massive spike in cases in Italy - after the country confirmed its first death, a 69-year-old man in Valencia.

Simon said: "We have to be very careful with the link to cases of the virus in Spain with northern Italy."

A woman wearing a protective mask as a precaution to the outbreak of Coronavirus rides on a subway in Kiev. (AP/SOPA)


The US is experiencing an outbreak, with 239 cases confirmed on March 6.

At least 12 people have died across the US, with fatalities spread across 19 states, including Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Texas and Washington.

Among the total cases, 48 are reported from evacuees from China and the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.