Updated on 17 March at 16:20.
- At the beginning of the year, an epidemic caused by the new coronavirus COVID-19 began in China.
- So far, over 173 000 cases have been diagnosed globally. A total of 152 countries have reported infections.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus epidemic a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
- COVID-19 epidemics have developed quickly in many places around the world, and the situation in Europe is also changing rapidly.