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The human cost of the coronavirus outbreak has continued to mount, with more than 1.25m cases confirmed globally and more than 68,100 people known to have died from the virus. 

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic and it has spread to more than 190 countries around the world. 

This page provides an up-to-date visual narrative of the spread of Covid-19 so please check back often as we will be refreshing it with new graphics and features as the story evolves.

Europe became the focal point of the disease in early March when it spread rapidly across the continent and Italy became the country hardest hit by Covid-19 after China. After weeks of strict lockdown, Italy is on the verge of turning the corner and the rate of deaths is beginning to decrease. The US is still in the acceleration phase.

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The daily death tolls in more than 10 countries are in the hundreds or even thousands, and in all but a few cases those numbers are rising.

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Cases within countries are not often evenly spread. Lombardy in Italy and Spain’s Madrid eclipsed Wuhan in China as the most badly affected part of the world. In both these areas of Europe the daily death toll appears to be flattening.

The hardest hit urban centre in the world is New York. The state’s death toll is rising faster than in any other subnational region at this stage of its coronavirus outbreak.

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The US now has the highest number of new cases — total infections in the past week alone passed 100,000. However new confirmed case counts in some European countries have started to plateau and in Italy they are starting to fall.

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The worst of the outbreak seems to be behind China but several European countries have just entered the peak phase, with the daily increase of new confirmed cases at more than 1,000.

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As Covid-19 spread beyond China, governments responded by implementing containment measures with different 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 the closure of schools and workplaces 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 restrictions.

India’s sudden implementation of a strict 21-day lockdown propelled it to the top of the index, making it the first country to hit the limit of 100 for more than a single day.

Animated map showing changes in the stringency of government measures to deal with Covid-19. Beginning in Wuhan on Jan 23, increasingly severe measures have spread across Asia, Europe and North and South America

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Case numbers have now passed 100 in 40 European countries. The region now accounts for 50 per cent of new daily cases.

Map showing the coronavirus situation in Europe. For coverage on the novel coronavirus and up-to-date graphics, please visit

Coronavirus has now spread to all 50 states in the US. More than 327,000 cases have been confirmed in the country.

US coronavirus cases map by state

The data for this map comes from a dashboard maintained by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science Engineering, which has combined data from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also incorporates data from the Chinese medical community website DXY, which aggregates live situation reports from the Chinese National Health Commission and local CCDC. Additional data are also supplied by Worldometers.

Reporting, data analysis and graphics by Steven BernardDavid BloodJohn Burn-MurdochMax HarlowCaroline NevittAlan SmithCale Tilford and Aleksandra Wisniewska. Edited by Adrienne Klasa.

Help us improve these charts: Please email with feedback, requests or tips for sources of subnational data. All of these are invaluable, and we continue to incorporate your suggestions and data every day. We will respond to as many people as possible.

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