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.
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 San Marino (1,438), followed by Vatican (1112), Andorra (937), Luxembourg (584) and Iceland (523). Of states with higher case numbers (5000 or more), Spain has the highest relative number (446 per 100,000 people), followed by Belgium (361), Switzerland (326), Italy (310) and the USA (242).
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.