INTERACTIVE

Tracking the Global Spread of Novel Coronavirus

Governments are ramping up measures to battle the global pandemic as the number of infections outside China rises

This image obtained March 12, 2020 courtesy of The National Institutes of Health(NIH)/NIAD-RML shows a scanning electron microscope image of SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab
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The alarm over the coronavirus intensified and governments from Ireland to Italy unveiled measures to try to slow the spread of a disease that has infected more than 134,500 people worldwide.

As of Friday, more than 134,500 people have been infected globally and over 4,900 have died, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.

Mainland China had eight new cases by Thursday, down from 15 cases a day earlier. That brings the total number of cases in mainland China to 80,813. The death toll touched 3,176, up by seven from the previous day.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie, tested positive on Thursday. The country on Thursday reported 138 confirmed cases, a 34% increase from Wednesday and a three-fold gain from a week ago.

South Korea reported more recoveries than new infections on Friday for the first time since its outbreak emerged in January. The country recorded 110 new cases, compared with 114 a day earlier, taking the national tally to 7,979.

Here is a look at how the virus spread across the globe: