Coronavirus roundup: What you need to know about COVID-19
CGTN Europe has been providing in-depth coverage of the novel coronavirus story as it has unfolded. Here you can read the essential information about the crisis.
WHERE DID IT START AND WHERE HAS IT SPREAD?
The novel coronavirus has been traced back to the city of Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province. It was first reported on 31 December 2019 and has spread to about 25 countries and regions so far, but the tally is increasing almost daily as thousands of people are diagnosed with the disease. This was the state of the outbreak one month after it was first confirmed:
The country has been hailed for its open response to the outbreak and the rapid action it has taken to contain it. This has included building two hospitals in a matter of weeks in Hubei province to cope with those suffering from coronavirus. China has moved quickly to quarantine people and has shared its data on the disease with the global community.
The EU's Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC), is mission control for the round-the-clock monitoring of all natural disasters that affect the bloc. The focus now is on coronavirus. The information is combed through, analyzed and shared with member states.
Experts believe China's economy will take a short-term hit from the outbreak, but the financial shockwaves will spread further – affecting sectors such as global tourism, the automotive industry and even luxury fashion.
While China has been open about the outbreak and shared its data with the world, hoaxes about the coronavirus have spread widely online. Promoted by conspiracy theorists, fake news websites and unsuspecting members of the public, the fake news compounds the struggle to contain the virus.
Unfortunately, across the world, some members of the public have shown reactions which approach, or cross, the line from fear and self-preservation into racism – as the coronavirus has spread, so has anti-Chinese sentiment.
In a move to counter the rise in abuse against Asian people following the outbreak of coronavirus, a French teacher launched the hashtag #jenesuispasunvirus or #Iamnotavirus, which went viral on social media.