• The respiratory disease caused by coronavirus was first reported from Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and now has been detected at 60 locations worldwide, including in the United States.
  • The virus is named ' SARS-CoV-2 ' and the disease it causes is called ' Coronavirus 2019 disease '
  • On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee declared the outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern.
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States on January 31, 2020, to help the healthcare system of the nation respond to COVID-19.
  • According to WHO Director-General's opening remarks on COVID-19 - March 2, 2020- of the 88,913 reported cases worldwide so far, 90 percent are from China, mostly from one province. 
  •  A total of 8739 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO from 61 countries outside China, with 127 deaths.
  • As reported by WHO on March2,  2020, the number of cases in China is showing a declining trend, and currently, epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan have been regions of significant concern.
  • These have been marked as International Areas with Sustained (Ongoing) Transmission (Last updated February 28, 2020)
  • No cases of coronavirus disease have been reported from more than 130 countries worldwide.