How does the coronavirus pandemic end? Governments around the world are trying to figure that out, along with what role they can play. Some countries — including China, South Korea and Japan — appear to have had some success in slowing the rate of infection. But the United States and many European nations are still seeing exponential growth in cases. Cases per 100,000 people Italy 20.62 cases per 100,000 people 20 15 10 5 France Germany U.S. Japan 10 20 30 40 50 days Number of days since data was first available Data as of March 12. Confirmed cases data from John Hopkins University was first available on Jan. 22. It’s estimated that China’s first case was Dec. 1, 2019. The first case in the United States was reported on Jan. 19; the first in South Korea was Jan. 20. South Korea and Italy have conducted widespread testing; the United States and Japan have not, therefore the number of cases is likely higher. Cases per 100,000 people Italy 20.62 cases per 100,000 people 20 15 10 5 France Germany U.S. Japan 10 20 30 40 50 days Number of days since data was first available Data as of March 12.


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