On 31 December 2019, the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China. During the January 2020 the disease spread further within China and also started to venture into neighbouring (and some further away) countries. During February new regional hotspots developed in South Korea, Italy and Iran. During March the disease spread further mostly in Central and Southern Europe and the USA. In the month of April the disease continues to spread in the USA, and within Europe the United Kingdom is taking center stage and Turkey and Russia are joining the group of new regional hotspots.
The highest number of new cases in April 2020 was recorded in USA (863.334), followed by United Kingdom (143.080), Spain (131.281), Turkey (106.762) and Russia (104.661). By the end of the month there are cases in 215 countries/territories.
USA are recording the most deaths that month (55.332), followed by UK (24.054), France (21.037) and Italy (16.091).
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.