By Agence France-Presse
A SARS-like virus has claimed 81 lives since emerging on December 31 in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Here is a list of countries that have so far confirmed cases of the so-called coronavirus.
The toll from China’s viral epidemic spiked on Monday to 80 dead with hundreds of new infections despite unprecedented quarantines and travel lockdowns, as foreign governments scrambled to help their trapped citizens.
Officials also confirmed the second virus death outside the Wuhan region, saying a patient died in Heilongjiang province, 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) to the northeast.
— The city of Macau, a gambling hub hugely popular with mainland tourists, has confirmed two cases. The first was a 52-year-old businesswoman from Wuhan who arrived in Macau by high-speed rail on Sunday, via the neighbouring city of Zhuhai.
— As of Thursday, two people have tested positive in Hong Kong. Both had visited Wuhan in recent days and are being treated in isolation wards in hospital.
— China’s Hainan province confirmed on Monday that an 80-year-old woman has died after being infected with the coronavirus, marking the province’s first fatality in the rapidly spreading outbreak, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
On January 26, the country has so far reported four cases of the virus, which started in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province.
On January 25, Malaysia reported a fourth case of coronavirus infection late Saturday, just hours after it announced its first confirmed cases.
Singapore on Thursday confirmed its first case — a 66-year-old man from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with his family on Monday.
Two cases have been confirmed so far in Vietnam — a Chinese man living in Ho Chi Minh City was infected by his father who traveled to Vietnam on January 13 from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
On January 26, Thailand has the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus.
On January 8, a Chinese traveler was diagnosed with mild pneumonia that was later confirmed to have been caused by the coronavirus.
Japan’s health authorities confirmed the country’s fourth case on Saturday: a man in his 40s, visiting Japan from Wuhan, who is currently in hospital in a stable condition.
Another man was hospitalized on January 10, four days after his return from a visit to Wuhan.
And a further two people from the Chinese city — a man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s — have also been treated in hospital for a fever.
Read more: Japan confirms third case of Wuhan virus
South Korea reported its first case on January 20 — a 35-year-old woman who flew in from Wuhan.
Nepal’s health authorities on Friday confirmed their first case — a 32-year-old man arriving from Wuhan, China. It is the first South Asian country to report the deadly disease.
The patient, who was initially quarantined, recovered and was discharged. The government said that surveillance has been increased at the airport “and suspicious patients entering Nepal are being monitored.”
Read more: Nepal confirms first case of new coronavirus
US health authorities said Sunday there are now five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and more are expected.
— A patient in California’s Orange County on Saturday was confirmed as the third person on US soil infected with the new deadly virus that originated in China, health officials said.
Canada’s chief medical officer said on Sunday that an individual who was declared the country’s first “presumptive” confirmed case of the novel coronavirus had developed symptoms on the plane while traveling from Wuhan in China to Toronto.
Australia confirmed on Monday, Jan. 27, its fifth case of a new coronavirus, with health officials saying the case involved a 21-year-old woman who was on the last flight out of the Chinese city of Wuhan to Sydney before China imposed a travel ban.
On Friday two cases were confirmed in France, the first in Europe. One was in Paris while the other was in the city of Bordeaux, the country’s health minister said. Both had traveled to China and both were placed in isolation.