BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) - The tally of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 pandemic has broken the threshold of 200,000, reaching 201,436, according to the latest statistics of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Volunteers clean as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Wat Traimit temple in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Photo: AP)
By 7:13 a.m. local time (1113 GMT) Wednesday, the number of confirmed infections outside China reached 120,334, with Italy leading the rank by 31,506 cases, followed by Iran (16,169) and Spain (13,716).
The fast-spreading disease has also claimed 8,006 lives so far -- excluding those in China -- with Italy suffering the most deaths of 2,503, followed by Iran (988) and Spain (533), according to the center.