Hundreds of foreign citizens have been and will be evacuated from the epicentre of a dangerous coronavirus outbreak. According to Chinese officials, China already has more cases of coronavirus than the entire SARS outbreak of 2002 and 2003, but comparing the two is complicated.
SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, killed 774 people in 17 countries. These outbreaks had significantly different death rates of 9.5% and 34.5%, respectively.
The Wuhan coronavirus has caused 170 deaths so far. However, overall, those affected by the new virus "are in a less severe condition than with SARS," said Yazdan Yazdanpanah, chief of infectious diseases at Paris Diderot University. "For the moment, the mortality rate is less than 5 percent.
Several countries, including the United States, New Zealand, Japan and Spain, have evacuated their citizens on flights from Wuhan, capital of Hubei province.
This is the state of the coronavirus, country by country:
Current global status: 7,783 infected
China (at least 7,578 infected)
Thailand (14 infected)
Japan (11 infected)
Hong Kong (10 infected)
Singapore (10 infected)
Taiwan (8 infected)
Australia (7 infected)
Macau (7 infected)
Malaysia (7 infected)
France (5 infected)
United States (5 infected)
Germany (4 infected)
South Korea (4 infected)
United Arab Emirates (4 infected)
Canada (3 infected)
Vietnam (2 infected)
Cambodia (1 infected)
Finland (1 infected)
Nepal (1 infected)
Sri Lanka (1 infected)
Updated map of worldwide infection in real-time
Several major airlines such as British Airways, Iberia, which is part of the IAG holding company, as well as British Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines, Lion Air, American Airlines, Air Seoul, KLM, Finnair and United, have already announced the suspension of their flights to China, a decision that clearly reflects the prevailing fear that this virus will spread across the globe. Its impact on the economy is also being felt.
The McDonalds fast-food chain has also closed several hundred restaurants in Hubei province in response to the Chinese coronavirus outbreak.
What's happening in Wuhan?
The city's residents are isolated. Most traffic has been banned, and 11 million people are locked in their homes, scared, trying to minimize the spread of the virus.
Don't forget the recommendations
-frequent handwashing with soap and water or alcohol gel
-Cover your mouth and nose with your arm or a tissue when you cough or sneeze
-see a doctor in case of fever, cough or difficulty in breathing
-Avoiding crowded, enclosed places
-Do not go to markets with live animals and avoid contact