Mapping the coronavirus outbreak: Where in the world — and the US — the disease has spread

Medical staff carry a box by the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan, which houses patients with the coronavirus, on January 10, 2020.

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Medical staff carry a box by the Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan, which houses patients with the coronavirus, on January 10, 2020.
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The coronavirus has killed nearly 2,800 people in China. As of Wednesday, more than 81,000 cases have been confirmed across 40 countries.

The virus emerged at the end of December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which is home to 11 million people. The newest case outside of China was announced in Greece on Wednesday.

This map shows where global cases have been confirmed so far:

The number of infected people continues to rise.

In the US, there have been 60 confirmed cases, including 42 people who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan before they were repatriated to the US. Another three confirmed cases are evacuees from Wuhan who were quarantined upon arrival in the US.

This map shows where US cases have been confirmed so far:

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak will likely spread in the US, and that Americans should "prepare for the expectation that this might be bad."

CDC officials said that any travelers returning from five countries - China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, or Iran - who develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath should seek medical help and self-isolate. US citizens have been advised to avoid all nonessential travel to China.

This map shows the travel-warning levels for all five countries:

The virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, can infect the nose, throat, and sinuses. A recent study from the Chinese Center for Disease Control found that around 80% of coronavirus cases in China have been mild.

Most deaths so far have been reported in the Hubei province, where Wuhan is located. Authorities put the province on lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus - all transportation in and out of Wuhan has been halted.

Airports around the world are screening passengers for the virus and many countries have evacuated citizens and employees from China.

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