Coronavirus pandemic: Graph shows the terrifying leap in cases outside China

A new graph reveals another recent rapid rise in coronavirus COVID-19 cases.

The live global case tracker, operated by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at the US' Johns Hopkins University, illustrates the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases outside China. The virus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.

Countries throughout the globe have now overtaken China for confirmed cases, the tracker shows. Nations outside of China sit at over 86,000 while China remained at 81,019 on Monday afternoon.

Data is also broken down by the locations the cases are recorded in. The countries of Italy, Iran, and South Korea make up the worst-affected countries outside China. Other coronavirus hotspots include Spain, Germany, and France.

In the World Health Organisation's latest situation report, it reported more than 333 new cases outside of China. Inside, there were only 10 new cases reported.

More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic, WHO says.

"We're continuing to support countries to prepare and respond," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday.

"We have shipped supplies of personal protective equipment to 56 countries, we're shipping to a further 28 countries, and we've sent almost 1.5 million diagnostic tests to 120 countries."

The graph shows the alarming number of reported cases outside China (in yellow).
The graph shows the alarming number of reported cases outside China (in yellow). Photo credit: JHU

New Zealand currently has travel restrictions in place where everyone entering the country must self-isolate for 14 days - that includes citizens and residents.

NZ has eight confirmed cases. They have all either recovered or are recovering in self-isolation.