The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 5.54m cases confirmed globally and more than 344,200 people known to have died.
The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic and it has spread to more than 200 countries around the world.
This page provides an up-to-date visual narrative of the spread of Covid-19, so please check back regularly because we will be refreshing it with new graphics and features as the story evolves.
- May 6: Links through to epidemic trajectory and government response interactives replace static charts
- May 5: All maps and charts now include deaths away from hospitals where reported
- May 4: Added interactive epidemic trajectory charts and government response tracker
- April 29: Excess mortality charts added, showing that official Covid-19 death counts may significantly underestimate the pandemic’s true toll
Europe’s average count of coronavirus-related deaths overtook Asia in early March, with Italy, Spain and the UK becoming the new global hotspots. Since mid-April the focus has shifted to the US where the number of deaths has remained consistently high, accounting for 25 per cent of global deaths. Latin America and the Caribbean has recently seen its share increase to almost four in ten new deaths, fueled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil.
Has your country’s pandemic peaked?
This interactive chart allows you to explore data about the pandemic to better understand the disease’s spread and trajectory in countries around the world. Click here to use the FT’s interactive tool.
Italy became the country hardest hit by Covid-19 after China as the pandemic shifted to Europe. After weeks of strict lockdown, Italy has turned the corner and the rate of deaths is beginning to decrease.
The same appears true of several other western countries, while in Australia an early lockdown has kept daily death tolls from ever reaching double digits.
There are concerns, however, that reported Covid-19 deaths are not capturing the true impact of coronavirus on mortality around the world. The FT has gathered and analysed data on excess mortality — the numbers of deaths over and above the historical average — across the globe, and has found that death tolls in some countries are more than 50 per cent higher than usual. In many countries, these excess deaths exceed reported numbers of Covid-19 deaths by large margins.
The picture is even starker in the hardest-hit cities and regions. In Ecuador’s Guayas province, there have been 10,000 more deaths than normal since the start of March, an increase of more than 300 per cent. London has seen overall deaths more than double, and New York City’s total death numbers since mid March are more than four times the norm.
From business closures to movement restrictions, some countries’ policies show first signs of easing. Follow the changes here using our interactive tool.
As Covid-19 spread beyond China, governments responded by implementing containment measures with varying degrees of restriction. Researchers at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government have compiled data on a range of government response measures, such as school and workplace closures and restrictions on travel and gatherings, to create a stringency index.
East Asian countries including South Korea and Vietnam were the first to follow China in implementing widespread containment measures, with much of Europe, North America and Africa taking much longer to bring in tough measures.
India’s sudden implementation of a strict 21-day lockdown propelled it to the top of the index, making it the first country reported to have hit the index’s upper limit of 100 for more than a single day.
Help the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford university improve the stringency index used in this map by providing direct feedback.
The FT is mapping the virus as it spreads. Check back for our up-to-date figures.
The death toll has now passed 100 in 29 European countries. The region still accounts for nearly 20 per cent of new daily cases.
Coronavirus has spread to all 50 states in the US. More than 1.67m cases and 92,900 deaths have been confirmed in the country.
National-level case and deaths data comes from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, except for the US and its territories, which comes from the Covid Tracking Project, and Spain, which comes from the Institute of Health Carlos III. Previous versions of this page used data from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering and Worldometer.
Regional-level case and deaths data comes from official sources or verified local aggregation projects: the Covid Tracking Project (for US states), Montera34 (Spain), the Italian Department of Civil Protection, Public Health France, Jan-Philip Gehrcke (Germany), Canton of Zurich Statistical Office (Switzerland and Liechtenstein), the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the National Health Commission of China, and Tom E. White (UK).
Excess mortality analysis is based on data from: Statistics Austria, Sciensanto (Belgium), the Civil Registry of Brazil, the Chilean Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge, and Innovation, Statistics Denmark, the Civil Registry of Ecuador, Statistics Finland, the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (current and historic data), the German Federal Statistical Office, Statistics Iceland, Jakarta Provincial Park and Forest Service, the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Italian National Institute of Statistics, Statistics Netherlands, Statistics Norway, the Peruvian Ministry of Health, the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health, the Russian Federal State Statistic Service, the City of Moscow, the South African Medical Research Council, the Spanish Institute of Health Carlos III, Statistics Sweden, the Swiss Federal Statistics Office, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the UK Office for National Statistics (current and historic data for England and Wales), National Records of Scotland, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, and the US National Center for Health Statistics.
Help us improve these charts: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback, requests or tips about additional sources of national or municipal all-cause mortality data. Thank you to the many readers who have already helped us with feedback and suggestions. We continue to incorporate your suggestions and data every day. We will respond to as many people as possible.
Corrections: Due to a typographical error, the first paragraph of this story incorrectly stated the number of people who had died from Covid-19 for several hours on April 9. At the time, that figure should have read 87,741.
Due to a typographical error, a map on this story temporarily showed an incorrect number of deaths from Covid-19 in Italy on May 14. At the time, that figure should have read 31,106.
Get alerts on Coronavirus when a new story is published