Covid-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions into lockdown. Find out where the virus has spread, and where it has been most deadly
Since first being recorded in late 2019 in China, the Covid-19 coronavirus has spread around the world, and been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. However, differences in testing mean that the number of cases may be understated for some countries.
At last in December 2020, a number of countries began to approve vaccines and begin vaccination programmes.
Vaccine doses administered per 100 people, selected countries
Obviously, larger countries tend to have higher numbers both of cases and of deaths. But there are many other factors in play, such as the demographic profiles of the countries; countries with ageing populations may be hit harder because the disease is more dangerous to older people.
New daily cases per million people, average of previous seven days
The number of deaths is a more dependable indicator. The disease has hit certain countries, including the US, Brazil, India, Mexico and the UK with particular cruelty. And while most countries experienced the first wave of infections in a similar fashion, albeit at different times, new variants are – for now – changing the way different areas are suffering from further waves.