The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 3.73m cases confirmed globally and more than 260,100 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. LATEST CHANGES 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
At the beginning of March, Asia accounted for more than 60 per cent of coronavirus-related deaths. Within a week, attention shifted to Europe, with Italy and Spain the new global hotspots. Although Europe still accounts for more than 40 per cent of global deaths, the focus has now turned to the US, where the death toll remains consistently high. Has your country’s pandemic peaked?
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. Many places, though, are still seeing accelerating death tolls. Foremost among these are emerging market countries such as Brazil, Russia and India, where daily fatalities are on an upward trend. 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. Exiting lockdowns TRACKING GOVERNMENTS’ CHANGING CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES 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 23 European countries. The region accounts for 40 per cent of new daily cases. Coronavirus has spread to all 50 states in the US. More than 1.24m cases and 69,900 deaths have been confirmed in the country. SOURCES The national-level data for these charts and maps come primarily from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Covid Tracking Project and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.