Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, more than 1.1 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more than 62,000 died (all figures last updated 05 April 2020).
The highest mortality rates are found in Botswana and Gambia with 25% (one out of four reported patients died there), followed by some (mostly African) states with few cases. Six countries have a mortality of 20% or higher and 22 countries of 10% and higher.
Of the larger countries with reported cases in the thousands, Italy has the highest reported mortality rate (12.3%) followed by France (11.1%), United Kingdom (10.3%), the Netherlands (9.9%) and Spain (9.4%). China has a mortality rate of 4%. Of the countries with many reported cases, Germany and United States have a considerably lower mortality rates (1.5% and 2.6% deaths of all reported cases).
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.