Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, almost 85 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more than 1.8 million have died (all figures last updated 5 January 2021).
The highest mortality rates (reported deaths per 100,000 people) are found in San Marino with 174, followed by Belgium (168), Slovenia (126), Bosnia and Herzegovina (123) and Italy (120). 14 countries currently have a mortality rate of 100 or above, including Spain (108), the United Kingdom (105) and the United States of America (100).
All these statistics must be treated with caution: Data availability and quality play an important part in these highly variable statistics, with the number of unreported cases being believed to be quite considerable in some countries.
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.