Tracking covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccines worldwide

More than 6,266,000 people have died from coronavirus worldwide, and more than 522 million cases have been reported.


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Covid-19 has killed more than 5 million people since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

More than a quarter-billion cases of the coronavirus have been reported in almost two years. Despite the rollout of vaccines, global health experts warn that the pandemic is set to continue.

New variants such as delta, and subsequently omicron, have changed the calculus of the pandemic for many nations. The rapid spread of omicron in Britain, despite its highly vaccinated population, has led to a reevaluation of the ongoing risks of covid-19.

On Dec. 15, a top British health official told Parliament that omicron was “probably the most significant threat we’ve had since the start of the pandemic.”

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New daily reported cases across the world

At least 521,992,454 have been reported since Feb. 29, 2020.

Data anomalies:
  • The spike in reported cases on Dec. 11, 2020 is due to a change in Turkey's reporting standards.
  • The spike in reported deaths on June 2, 2021 is due to a reclassification of more than 120,000 deaths in Peru that occurred between March 2020 and May 22, 2021.
  • The spike in reported cases on Nov. 18, 2021 is due to a change in Slovakia's reporting standards.

To prevent distorting the overall daily trends, these days' full values are not shown on this chart or included in daily averages.

Global hot spots for reported cases per capita

7-day rolling average of daily new reported cases per 100,000 residents

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Note: Only countries with a population of more than 1 million are shown.

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Vaccines have blunted the worst impact of the pandemic in many countries, although their distribution has been marked by inequities that have meant they have failed to stop the virus’s spread.

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China leads the world in the number of vaccine doses administered, but some other nations have vaccinated a greater share of their population. A number of vaccines were developed and rolled out at record speed, and studies show most have impressive efficacy.

Doses of covid-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents

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Billions of doses have been administered around the world, far more than the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. However, a large number of cases were probably never recorded, experts caution.

But the vaccine rollout has faced problems with global supply and pockets of opposition in many nations. Covax, a program backed by the World Health Organization to fairly distribute vaccines, only belatedly began distributing doses to low-income nations and will deliver around 800 million doses in 2021, rather than the 2 billion it once hoped to allocate.

Doses of covid-19 vaccines administered per 100,000 residents

Reported doses administered per day
CountryTotal doses given per 100kPct. of pop. completed vaccination

The rise of omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa in November, may widen the global divide on vaccinations.

“Things could go pretty sideways, pretty fast, if some countries decide to start hoarding and stockpiling vaccines,” WHO vaccine director Kate O’Brien told The Post in early December.

Where the virus is surging

The United States continues to have the highest cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths globally. In early October, the U.S. death toll from covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, surpassed 800,000 in late 2021, despite the widespread availability of vaccines in the country.

Behind the United States, India, Brazil and Britain had the largest number of cases by mid-December.

India’s record-setting surge in spring 2021 meant that the country accounted then for about 1 in 3 of all new confirmed cases. The spike, which was blamed on complacency and the lifting of restrictions, along with the spread of the virulent delta variant, overwhelmed the country’s health-care system amid widespread oxygen shortages. Even after the surge in new cases subsided in mid-May, India still set records for the number of new daily deaths, with more than 4,500 deaths from covid-19 reported in a 24-hour period.

Delta, also known as B.1.617.2, has become the dominant variant in many parts of the world. The variant spreads faster than many others and evades some of the protection offered by vaccines, although vaccinations still significantly reduce the likelihood of serious illness.

Cases of a new variant named omicron were detected in southern Africa in November, and it soon spread rapidly across the world. Scientists have warned that the variant, also known as B.1.1.529, may spread faster than delta and evade the antibodies created by vaccination and prior infection, although its broader impact remains unclear.

Omicron was been linked to sharp rises in cases in South Africa, Britain, Denmark and elsewhere in late 2021. It has prompted new demands for extra “booster” shots in many nations, further straining the global supply for vaccine doses.

Some countries have shown success at controlling the virus — at a price.

New Zealand, which closed its borders and ordered people to stay home as a first wave hit in the spring of 2020, confirmed that infections dropped to zero for a time. Taiwan and Singapore have kept their outbreaks far smaller than those in other parts of the world, which some experts attribute to their early responses and sophisticated tracking and tracing.

In China, the early epicenter of the crisis, much of daily life has returned to normal. In the early months of the outbreak, China reported more cases than any other country. Its tally of new infections peaked in mid-February of 2020 and approached zero by mid-March of that year, although questions surround the accuracy of its data.

But maintaining these “zero-covid” policies for almost two years has proved difficult. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in October that the country would phase out its pursuit of zero coronavirus cases and instead manage the spread of the virus through vaccines and “everyday public health measures” to keep residents safe.

“The Chinese government is keeping a close eye on what is happening overseas to work out whether giving up a ‘zero-covid’ policy requires accepting a spike in cases,” Huang Yanzhong, a senior fellow for global public health at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Washington Post in October. “That prospect is not acceptable for China.”

Countries that have successfully rolled out vaccines are also seeing gains. Britain, one of the hardest-hit countries in terms of cases and deaths, has excelled in the distribution of vaccine doses. It was the first country to roll out a fully tested vaccine to the general public in December 2020, when it began distributing the vaccine developed by Pfizer.

Data released by Public Health England in March suggested that vaccinations had saved over 6,000 lives among people over 70, if not more.

Compare countries by new daily reported cases per 100k

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Case and death counts by country

CountryReported cases per 100kNew cases in last 7 days per 100kChange in daily cases in last 7 days

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But vaccinations have not ended the pandemic in Britain. Cases rose after the country dropped its last remaining restrictions in July, despite high levels of vaccination across the country. The sudden rise of omicron in Britain at the end of this year prompted the government to push for 1 million booster shots a day to increase immunity.

Although the WHO has officially called for a moratorium on booster shots for those already fully vaccinated, many nations around the world have begun rolling out the shots as official policy for at least part of their population — including the United States.

The new demand from high-income countries for both booster shots and vaccines for children has furthered the competition for doses, often leaving low- and middle-income nations further down the line. The WHO-backed Covax effort has struggled with supply and funding issues.

WHO officials said on Dec. 14 that the African continent may not reach its target of vaccinating 70 percent of its 1.3 billion population against the coronavirus with the regular regimen until the second half of 2024, even though many wealthy nations have already reached that target and are now administering booster shots.

“We will never get out of this if we don’t work together as one world,” Flavia Senkubuge, president of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, told reporters at a WHO briefing that day.