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The human cost of the coronavirus outbreak has continued to mount, with more than 1.98m cases confirmed globally and more than 118,000 people known to have died from the disease. 

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

  • April 9: All maps and charts now exclude nursing home deaths from France’s totals to maintain cross-national comparability
  • April 8: Added streamgraph and stacked column charts, showing regional daily deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus.
  • April 7: The maps now display total deaths rather than confirmed cases.
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Europe became the focal point of coronavirus in early March when the disease spread rapidly across the continent. Italy soon 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, however, 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 still rising.

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Cases within countries are not evenly spread. Lombardy in Italy and Spain’s Madrid eclipsed Wuhan in China as the most badly affected parts 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.

Focus of Covid-19 deaths has switched from Asia to Europe — and now the US. Streamgraph and stacked column charts, showing regional daily deaths of patients diagnosed with coronavirus

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 hot spots. Although the region still accounts for more than half of global deaths, the focus has now turned to the US, where the death toll has increased rapidly in recent days.

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The US now has the highest number of new cases globally. Total infections in the past week topped 100,000. However new confirmed case counts in some European countries have begun 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 daily increases of new confirmed cases of more than 1,000.

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

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.

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

The death toll has now passed 100 in 20 European countries. The region accounts for more than 50 per cent of new daily cases.

US coronavirus cases map by state

Coronavirus has spread to all 50 states in the US. More than 602,000 cases and 25,100 deaths have been confirmed in the country.

Sources

The data for these maps come from a dashboard maintained by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and 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.

Help us improve these charts: Please email coronavirus-data@ft.com with feedback, requests or tips for sources of subnational data. We continue to incorporate your suggestions and data every day. We will respond to as many people as possible.

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

Correction: 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.

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