The virus is on every continent but Antarctica, with more new cases now being reported outside China than within it.
At the present time, South Korea and the United States called off their joint military exercises.
Governments and health workers around the world scrambled to contain the rapidly spreading new coronavirus, from the Austrian Alps to an island off the coast of Africa. From an evangelical church in South Korea to a holy Shiite city in Iran.
Fear escalate through the world as the number of new cases outside China for the first time exceeded those inside the country at the heart of the epidemic.
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More than 81,000 people have been infected with the virus that causes the respiratory disease Covid-19, and new cases have been documented in at least 44 countries and on every continent but Antarctica.
So far, nearly 3,000 people have died, the vast majority of them in a single Chinese province, Hubei.
Countries affected In Europe, are; France, Spain and Germany reported increases in cases, likely tied to an outbreak in Italy’s Lombardy region, where more than 400 people have been infected.
In the Middle East, a dangerous cluster in Iran, where at least 100 people had been infected, spread to Iraq, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia halted visits to the holiest sites in Islam, in the cities of Mecca and Medina.
In Asia, as the authorities in China were slowly lifting citywide lockdowns that had ensnared more than 100 million people, a major outbreak tied to a megachurch in South Korea ballooned to more than 1,500 cases.
South America recorded its first case, a 61-year-old man in Brazil. And a person in California who had not been exposed to anyone known to be infected tested positive for the virus.
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