The COVID-19 outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and abroad with confirmed cases now exceeding 400,000 globally.
Here is what we know so far:
China: 81,846 confirmed cases (including 474 originating abroad); 3,287 deaths (including four in Hong Kong and two in Taiwan); 73,650 recovered
Wuhan will lift outbound travel restrictions starting April 8 after over two months on lockdown. Other areas in Hubei Province resume travel from March 25.
2020 Tokyo Olympics has been postponed until 2021 because of the novel coronavirus.
The U.S.: Over 53,200 confirmed cases with at least 703 deaths. Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow said he and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus.
Italy: The number of confirmed cases climbed to 69,176 and the death toll reached 6,820. Its “patient one” was discharged on Monday.
State leaders and senior officials on alert: German Chancellor Angela Merkel tested negative for the virus. Prince Albert II of Monaco tested positive for COVID-19. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier announced he tested positive for the virus.