Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, more than 17 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more than 660,000 have died (all figures last updated 31 July 2020).
The highest number of cases is recorded in the United States of America (4,388,566), followed by Brazil (2,552,265), India(1,638,870) and Russia (839,981). South Africa (482,169), Mexico (408,449), Peru (400,683), Chile (353,536), United Kingdom (302,305) and Iran (301,530) complete the top 10. The rise in cases in countries of the Americas has pushed most European countries off this list.
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.