As of Jul 17 2020, India has 1003832 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, 25602 people have succumbed to the infection while 635757 have recovered. Globally, there are 1,38,00,669 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 188 counties, which has led to 5,89,879 deaths, reports the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO declared the virus a global pandemic on March 11, expressing their concern on the alarming levels of spread and severity of the outbreak. The coronavirus family circulates in animals and some can be transmitted between animals and humans. Several coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans, according to WHO.
Coronavirus causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The novel coronavirus affects humans, has been named COVID-19 and is known to have originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing, while in severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, multiple organ failure and death. The development period of COVID-19 is thought to be between one to 14 days however, the virus is highly contagious before symptoms appear. As per the WHO, some infected patients may not display any symptoms despite having the virus in their systems. In order to protect yourself from COVID-19, the WHO recommends basic hygiene such as regularly washing hands with soap and water, and covering your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.
It further suggests social distancing as a preventive measure, keeping at least 1.8 metre or six feet between yourself and others. It also recommends to avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands. As Coronavirus cases rise each day, stay updated with NDTV dashboard to know about the number of cases and deaths reported in the country and across the globe.