Geography of the Novel Coronavirus

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Officially referred to as the  2019 Novel Coronavirus (the disease the virus causes is called COVID-19 for short), this new strain of coronavirus has been spreading rapidly especially in the Hubei province of China. Learn about where the Novel Coronavirus started and which countries are reporting cases.

Where Did the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Start?

The first cases of the coronavirus were detected in the Hubei province in central China in December of 2019. The first case of the virus is believed to have originated from a wet market, a place that sells meat and live animals, in Wuhan.

Map of Countries With Reported Novel Coronavirus Cases

As of January 30, 2020 11am EST, there are a total of 22 countries and special administrative regions (such as Hong Kong) that are officially reporting cases of the Novel Coronavirus. The map below shows all of the countries that have at least one case of the novel coronavirus to date.

Map of countries with at least one reported case of the Novel coronavirus. Virus data from JHU’s Novel Coronavirus map. Base data from naturalearthdata.com. Equal Earth map projection.

For a near-realtime map of the Novel coronavirus cases, see Mapping the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus.

What Country Has the Most Novel Coronavirus Cases?

The vast majority of reported Novel Coronavirus cases are being reported in China, the origin of the novel coronavirus. 98.7% of the coronavirus cases (8,124 out of 8,235) are being reported in mainland China.

The list of countries and the number of confirmed cases as of January 30, 2020 at 11:30am ET is listed below. To date, no confirmed cases have been reported in either South America or Africa. The majority of of cases outside of mainland China are being reported in other areas in Asia. Australia has nine cases, Europe also has nine cases, and North America has 8 cases.

CountryConfirmed Cases
Mainland China8,124
Thailand14
Japan11
Hong Kong10
Singapore10
Australia9
Taiwan9
Malaysia8
Macau7
France5
US5
Germany4
South Korea4
United Arab Emirates4
Canada3
Vietnam2
Cambodia1
Finland1
India1
Nepal1
Philippines1
Sri Lanka1

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