5 Countries With The Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases

1 / 7
Virus Knows No Boundaries
Virus Knows No Boundaries

It all began on December 31, 2019. The world got to know about the novel coronavirus outbreak, which at that time was limited only to Wuhan, China, where dozens of people were sickened by a mysterious pneumonia. So much so, the virus then was commonly referred to as the Wuhan coronavirus.

The first death related to the new coronavirus in China reportedly occurred on January 11, 2020. The fact that the outbreak was not confined to Wuhan alone gradually dawned on the World Health Organization when the novel coronavirus cases came to be identified in other countries too.

On January 30, the WHO declared the novel coronavirus outbreak “a public health emergency of international concern", which marked the 6th time such a declaration was made. But with the outbreak spreading to more countries and the number of infections rising exponentially, the WHO declared the outbreak as a pandemic on March 11.

Named SARS-CoV-2, the virus causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19.

Let’s take you through five of the worst-hit countries due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The prepared list is as of March 29, 12:50 AM ET. As the pandemic spreads, the order in which the countries are ranked may or may not change.