Coronavirus live updates: COVID-19 deaths, spread, symptoms

  • The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, in December has killed more than 11,570 people and infected more than 277,000 others. It has spread to at least 166 countries and territories.
  • The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11.
  • On March 19 a record number of cases — around 27,800 — were reported in a 24-hour period.
  • More than 8,000 deaths have been reported outside of mainland China, including 274 in the US.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The novel coronavirus has infected at least 277,449 people and killed at least 11,570 worldwide as of March 20.

The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11. Since then, the virus has spread further and faster than ever. At least 166 countries and territories have reported cases.

Europe is the new epicenter of the disease, which is also infecting increasing numbers of people in the US. 

China — where the virus first began to spread in late 2019 — has seen a sharp drop-off in its rate of new cases. Italy has recorded 4,032 deaths, overtaking China as the country with most coronavirus-related deaths. In China, 3,259 have been reported dead.

More than 88,000 people known to be infected have since recovered, mostly in China.


Many countries have declared nationwide lockdowns and states of emergency to slow the spread of the virus, including the US.

The US, the EU, and many other nations have closed their borders or otherwise dramatically restricted international travel.

Governments worldwide have committed more than $1 trillion to mitigating the economic fallout of the virus and of widespread quarantining, which is expected to bring about a global recession.

The US has reported cases in every state and has confirmed 274 coronavirus deaths. Click here for Business Insider’s live updates about the US outbreaks.

Here’s everything we know.

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