After it first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan, four months ago, the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 51,000 lives and has affected one million people worldwide. So far, 208,00 people have reportedly recovered from this disease which has battered economies worldwide and created a public health emergency around the globe.

According to the Deccan Herald, fewer than 20 countries remain in the world that are free of the infection.

Also, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, the United States of America has the highest number of cases globally with more than 234,000 individuals falling prey to COVID-19. Italy comes second with 115,000 and has the highest fatalities with almost 14,000 deaths, followed closely by Spain.

The health crisis has had a severe impact on the economy with many countries bracing for a global recession that is worse than the one we faced in 2008-2009.