The first official case of COVID-19 was recorded in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to numerous countries in every continent around the globe.
Today, the total number of cases has surpassed 2,000,000 infections, and the number continues to rise every 24 hours.
At the time of writing, there is a total of 2,024,622 COVID-19 cases worldwide. Of these, 1,403,175 are active infections, considering 128,965 have died of the disease, and 492,482 have completely recovered, according to Worldometer.
More than a quarter of the total cases are in the USA, which has become the epicenter of the virus at this stage with 615,406 confirmed cases as of April 15th.
China recorded 46 new COVID-19 cases and 1 new death on Wednesday. As the heated debate of where the virus originated in the world continues between the US and China, the latter is tightening its grip on academic research that tackles the question of the virus’ origin.
According to CNN, Chinese authorities are closely inspecting all academic papers related to the virus and requiring researchers to submit their findings to the government, which would validate them before they could be published.
Several politically-charged versions of the story of how the virus broke out in the world have surfaced since its emergence.
While scientists pointed, early on, at the wet markets of Wuhan, which butchered and sold wild animals for consumption, many speculate that the disease is a Chinese or American bioweapon.
So far, no evidence points to either side of the story. The strongest evidence scientists have found, again, points towards the human consumption of wild animals, specifically bats.
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