Newsweek has been tracking the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 200,000 people in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
The virus was first discovered in Thailand in February 2018.
After its discovery in Thailand, experts said it had the potential to become a major public health threat, but its first major outbreak in Western countries took place in August 2019.
Since then, the virus has spread in other parts of Asia and the Americas, where it has killed at least 60 people and infected hundreds of thousands of people.
In 2018, experts in Thailand reported that about 200 people had been infected with the virus, but that number had increased to more than 4,000.
According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1.2 million people in the world were infected with coronaviruses between August 2019 and October 2020, up from 1.1 million people infected between August 2018 and September 2019.
Since the first outbreak, coronaviral deaths have decreased, but the virus still remains highly contagious and can spread quickly.
While coronavires are extremely contagious, coronavalve deaths are rare.
In the past, coronas and other coronavire-associated deaths have been reported in the United States and Europe, but not in Asia.