Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, more than 17.1 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and at least 668,910 have died (all figures last updated 31 July 2020).
The highest mortality rates (reported deaths per number of confirmed cases) are found in Yemen with 28.2%, followed by France (17.3%), United Kingdom (15.2%), Belgium (14.5%), Italy (14.2%) and Hungary (13.2%). Eleven countries have a mortality of 10% or higher.
China now has a reported mortality rate of 5.3%, while the United States reported a mortality of 3.4%. Of the countries with many reported cases, India, Russia and South Africa have considerably lower reported mortality rates (2.2%, 1.7% and 1.6% deaths of all reported cases).
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.