Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, more than 2.5 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more 175,000 have died (all figures last updated 23 April 2020).
There are now cases of Covid-19 on all continents, in 215 countries/territories.
The highest mortality rates are found in the British Virgin Islands with 25% (one death in 4 cases), followed Nicaragua (20%), France (18.1%), Sint Maarten (15.5%) and Belgium (14.9%). Twenty-one countries have a mortality of 10% or higher.
Of the larger countries with reported cases in the thousands, France has the highest reported mortality rate (18.1%) followed by Belgium (14.9), the United Kingdom (13.6%), Italy (13.4%), Sweden (12.1%) and the Netherlands (11.6%).
After having to correct the number of deaths in Wuhan, China now has a mortality rate of 5.5% (up from 4%), only slightly higher that the United States (5%). Of the countries with many reported cases, Germany, Turkey and South Korea have a considerably lower mortality rates (3.4%, 2.4% and 2.2% deaths of all reported cases).
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.