Hot topic: Coronavirus – what impact so far?


The biggest talking point so far in 2020 is undoubtedly the outbreak of coronavirus, or Covid-19 to give its technical name. At the time of writing, the hard-to-detect virus continues to engulf China and the wider Asia region, but is also fanning out across the globe with the number of fatalities worldwide now totalling more than 3,000.

More than 90% of these deaths have occurred in Hubei province, China where the virus initiated in the city of Wuhan. There have, however, been deaths in 10 other countries around the world and the virus continues to spread, with Andorra, Armenia, Iceland, Indonesia and Portugal this week the latest countries to confirm their first cases.

Some countries are evidently hit harder than others for various factors linked to the inherent nature of both globalisation and travel today and of the virus itself, as well as perhaps the different levels of containment and prevention that countries have chosen to impose.

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