The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. As of 14 March, over 155,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in around 140 countries and territories; more than 5,800 people have died from the disease and around 74,000 have recovered. Regions affected by major outbreaks include mainland China, France, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. On 13 March 2020, the WHO declared Europe to be the epicentre of the pandemic.