Recent information about the novel corona virus

Here we provide recent information about the novel Corona virus SARS-CoV-2.

At the end of December 2019 the first cases of an until then unknow lung disease occured in the metropolitan city of Wuhan in the Chinese province Hubei. Quickly a coronavirus was identified as the causative agent, which was then termed nCov-2019 (novel Corona virus 2019). In the meantime, it received the official name SARS-CoV-2 (Severe acute respiratory syndrome 2) and the disease it causes is now called COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19). On 30 January 2020 the World Health Organisation WHO declared the epidemic a global health emergency due to the rapid international spread of the virus, since 11 March it is considered a pandemic.

To date (as of March 24, 2020, source: World Health Organization (WHO)), the number of infected people worldwide has increased to 375,498 and diseases of Covid-19 have been recorded in 196 countries and territories.


The new epicenter of Covid-19 disease is Europe with around 195,500 confirmed cases. According to the WHO, there are over 63,000 confirmed infections in Italy and more than 33,000 in Spain. The RKI reports more than 31,500 confirmed cases and 149 deaths for Germany.


Worldwide around 16,300 people have now died from the virus. More than 109,000 people are said to be healthy again.

Video of the WHO - Novel coronavirus nCoV-2019

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