Until [containment] is impossible, we should keep trying. That is not to say that the disease won’t get ahead of the Chinese authorities completely or get ahead of the other countries that are containing it. But there’s enough evidence to suggest that this virus can still be contained.
Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s Emergencies Program
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).
There are now cases of Covid-19 on all continents, in 211 countries/territories.
The highest number of cases is recorded now in the United States of America (273,808), followed by Spain (124,736), Italy (124,632), Germany (91,214), China (82,930), and France (67,757). Spain overtook Italy as the country with most infections in Europe and Germany joined the other three countries with more infections than China.
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.