Confirmed, death and recovery cases of COVID-19 in Greater China 2020, by region

A new SARS-like coronavirus has spread around China since its outbreak in Wuhan, the capital of central China’s Hubei province. As of April 2, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic had infected almost 83 thousand people in total and around 3,300 have succumbed to death in Greater China. On March 31, 2020, the National Health Commission (NHC) in China started reporting the infection number of symptom-free individuals who tested positive for coronavirus. Before that, asymptomatic cases had not been included in the Chinese official count. On March 18, 2020, the Chinese government reported no new domestically transmissions for the first time after a series of quarantine and social distancing measures had been implemented.

Fast-moving epidemic

   In Wuhan alone, less than five thousand individuals are currently infected by the virus, leading to around three thousand deaths in the heart of the outbreak. The total infection number surged on February 12, 2020 in Hubei province. After a change in official methodology for diagnosing and counting cases, thousands of new cases were added to the total figure. There is little knowledge about how the virus that originated from animals transferred to humans. While human-to-human transmission has been confirmed, other transmission routes through aerosol and fecal-oral are also possible. The deaths from the current virus COVID-19 (formally known as 2019-nCoV) has surpassed the toll from the SARS epidemic of 2002 and 2003.

The death of whistleblower

   The epidemic has had a profound impact on China, not only on its economy, but also on the social mentality. The doctor in Wuhan, Dr. Li Wenliang, who first warned about the new strain of coronavirus was silenced by the police. It was announced on February 7, 2020 that he died from the effects of the coronavirus infection. His death triggered a national backlash over freedom of speech on Chinese social media.

Number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 infection, death and recovery cases in Greater China as of April 2, 2020, by region

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Sources

Release date

April 2020

Region

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

Survey time period

as of April 2, 2020

Supplementary notes

*The source has added the number of currently confirmed cases, excluding the number of recovered cases.

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