The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 4.05m cases confirmed globally, and more than 276,900 people known to have died. 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 regularly because we will be refreshing it with new graphics and features as the story evolves.


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 1 in 3 of global deaths. Latin America and the Caribbean has recently seen its share increase to 20 percent, fueled by a surge in Covid-19 deaths in Brazil. Has your country’s pandemic peaked?  


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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 analyzed 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 percent higher than usual. In many countries, these excess deaths exceed reported numbers of Covid-19 deaths by large margins.

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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 percent. 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.

Source: Financial Times