There are 73,332 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that was first identified late last year in Wuhan, China, and at least 1,873 deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.
This tally takes into account cases in Hubei Province, home to Wuhan, that were diagnosed by both imaging and laboratory tests. Last week the government in Hubei began reporting diagnosed cases by both methods, although the rest of China and other countries continue to require a lab test to confirm a diagnosis of the virus. In the U.S., there are 15 confirmed cases, three of which were individuals diagnosed while in federal quarantine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Over the weekend, Egypt became the first African country to report a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The outbreak, which has spread to 25 countries beyond China, has forced many retailers, restaurants and manufacturers to at least partially shut down their operations in recent weeks. Chinese workers are working at home. Factories have been slow to reopen.
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