Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, more than 82 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more than 1.8 million people have died (all figures last updated 02 January 2021).
The highest number of cases is recorded in the United States of America (19,147,627), followed by India (10,244,852), Brazil (7,504,833), Russia (3,131,550) and France (2,530,400). United Kingdom (2,382,869), Italy (2,067,487), Spain (1,893,502), Germany (1,687,185) and Colombia (1,603,807) complete the top 10. The second wave in late summer has resulted in a rise of cases in most European countries.
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.