So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better. So I view it as a badge of honour. Really, it’s a badge of honour.
Donald Trump, President of the USA on 20 May 2020
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, as does India for South Asia.
The highest number of new cases in May 2020 was again recorded in USA (730.066), followed by Brazil (393.280), Russia (299.345), India (149.093) and Peru (117.095). In the month of May there are cases in 199 countries/territories.
USA are recording the most deaths that month (44.910), followed by Brazil (22.861), UK (12.279), Mexico (7.846) and Italy (16.091).
Read more on the chronology of the pandemic in our blog.