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. Quickly growing numbers in Brazil and Peru are putting South America on the map in May, India does the same for South Asia. In June Brazil overtook the USA in terms of new confirmed cases. In July the USA took the first place again and South Africa joined the top five.
The highest number of new cases in July 2020 was recorded in USA (1,850,930), followed by Brazil (1,208,122), India (1,072,030), South Africa (337,905), Russia (192,132) and Mexico (191,597).
Brazil is recording the most deaths that month (32,512), followed by USA (23,851), India (18,854), Mexico (18,713) and Peru (9,499)
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.