CLAIMMultiple unverified images and messages have been circulated on social media amid the coronavirus outbreak. One such message which has been shared with an image of the globe claims that all the worst-affected COVID-19 cases are situated along Latitude 40 degrees.“Strange coincidence that all worst affected Covid19 cases are along the same Latitude 40ํ: From left: France Italy Iran Wuhan S.Korea Japan Seattle Washington NewYork,” the claim reads.No, Chennai Hasn’t Shut Down Fruit Marts Because of CoronavirusTRUE OR FALSE?Misleading.The Quint confirmed that the claim with which the message has been circulated is completely misleading. Reasons? There are two:The fact that large countries cannot be represented by a single latitude is conveniently ignored.Further, all of the aforementioned cities and countries are not situated along Latitude 40 degrees.WHAT WE FOUNDA google key word search with ‘COVID-19 cases across the world’ directed us to the Coronavirus Resource Centre data on the website of Johns Hopkins University. The data suggests that as of 18 March, China (81,102) had the maximum number of confirmed cases followed by Italy, Iran, Spain and so on and so forth.The viral message mentions a few counties (France, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and a few cities (Wuhan, Seattle, Washington and New York) clearly misses out Germany and Switzerland.Next, we looked up for the latitudinal coordinates of all of these places mentioned in the viral message. Here’s what we found:1. Grand Est, France – 48.6998° N2. Bergamo, Italy – 45.6983° N3.Tehran, Iran – 35.6892° NWuhan, China – 30.5928° NDaegu, South Korea – 35.8714° NHokkaido, Japan – 43.2203° NSeattle, US – 47.6189° NWashington, US – 47.7511° NNew York, US – 40.7128° NThis proves that coordinates of certain places go as far as 47 and 48° N, clearly implying that the generalisation in the message is misleading.Girl Made DSP for a Day Used to Show Muslim SP Didn't Wear Uniform(Not convinced of a post or information you came across online and want it verified? Send us the details on Whatsapp at 9643651818, or e-mail it to us at email@example.com and we'll fact-check it for you. You can also read all our fact-checked stories here.) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.