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 March 29, 2020, the coronavirus outbreak had infected over 82 thousand people in total and around three thousand have succumbed to death in Greater China. 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. On March 18, 2020, the Chinese government reported no new domestically transmissions for the first time.

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. Globally, over 500 thousand diagnosis cases and more than 20 thousand deaths have been reported.

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 March 29, 2020, by region

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Sources

Release date

March 2020

Region

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

Survey time period

as of March 29, 2020

Supplementary notes

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

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