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).
Highest per capita cases are often found in states with smaller populations where testing may lead to more detected cases. The highest number of reported cases per 100,000 people is found in Vatican (865), San Marino (736), Andorra (603), Luxembourg (436), Iceland (415) and the Faroe Islands (370). Of states with higher case numbers (1000 or more), Spain has the highest relative number (267 per 100,000 people), followed by Switzerland (237), Italy (206), Belgium (159) and Austria (131).
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.