Coronavirus: A visual guide to the pandemic

Coronavirus has been spreading rapidly across the world, affecting more than 160 countries and claiming more than 13,700 lives.

There are more than 328,000 confirmed cases worldwide and Europe is now at the epicentre of the crisis, with increasing numbers of cases and deaths.

This series of maps and charts will help you understand what is going on.

1. The virus outbreak is a global pandemic

The rise in the number of daily confirmed cases internationally has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the spread of coronavirus a global pandemic.

This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time.

Coronavirus global cases, 22 March 2020

This information is regularly updated but may not reflect the latest totals for each country.

Cases Deaths
China 81,566 3,267
Italy 53,578 4,825
USA 31,057 390
Spain 28,603 1,756
Germany 23,974 92
Iran 21,638 1,685
France 14,459 562
South Korea 8,897 104
Switzerland 7,014 85
UK 5,683 281
Netherlands 4,204 179
Belgium 3,401 75
Austria 3,244 9
Norway 2,257 7
Sweden 1,934 21
Portugal 1,600 14
Denmark 1,395 13
Canada 1,378 19
Australia 1,314 7
Malaysia 1,306 10
Brazil 1,209 18
Japan 1,086 40
Czech Republic 1,047
Israel 949 1
Turkey 947 21
Luxembourg 798 8
Ireland 785 3
Pakistan 730 3
Diamond Princess cruise ship 712 8
Chile 632 1
Finland 626 1
Greece 624 15
Thailand 599 1
Iceland 568 1
Poland 563 7
Ecuador 532 7
Indonesia 514 48
Saudi Arabia 511
Qatar 481
Singapore 455 2
Romania 433 2
Slovenia 414 1
Philippines 380 25
India 376 7
Russia 367
Bahrain 332 2
Estonia 326
Peru 318 5
Egypt 294 10
Croatia 254 1
Mexico 251 2
Lebanon 248 4
Panama 245 3
South Africa 240
Iraq 233 20
Colombia 231 2
Argentina 225 4
Dominican Republic 202 3
Algeria 201 17
Armenia 190
Kuwait 188
Serbia 188 1
Bulgaria 185 3
Slovakia 178 1
Taiwan 169 2
San Marino 160 20
United Arab Emirates 153 2
Latvia 139
Uruguay 135
Lithuania 131 1
Hungary 131 4
Costa Rica 117 2
Faroe Islands 115
North Macedonia 114
Andorra 113 1
Vietnam 113
Morocco 104 3
Jordan 99
Cyprus 95 1
Moldova 94 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina 93 1
Malta 90
Albania 89 2
Brunei 88
Cambodia 84
Sri Lanka 82
Belarus 76
Burkina Faso 75 4
Tunisia 75 3
Venezuela 70
New Zealand 66
Azerbaijan 65 1
West Bank 57
Kazakhstan 57
Senegal 56
Guadeloupe 56
Oman 55
Georgia 54
Trinidad and Tobago 50
Ukraine 47 3
Réunion 47
Uzbekistan 43
Cameroon 40
Martinique 37 1
Liechtenstein 37
Afghanistan 34
DR Congo 30 1
Bangladesh 27 2
Nigeria 27
Honduras 26
Bolivia 24
Puerto Rico 23 1
Paraguay 22 1
Cuba 21 1
Ghana 21 1
Guernsey 20
French Guiana 18
Mauritius 18 1
Rwanda 17
Guatemala 17 1
Jamaica 16 1
Montenegro 16
Togo 16
Jersey 15
French Polynesia 15
Guam 15 1
Kenya 15
Ivory Coast 14
Kyrgyzstan 14
Barbados 14
Maldives 13
Tanzania 12
Ethiopia 11
Monaco 11
Mayotte 11
Gibraltar 10
Mongolia 10
Aruba 8
Seychelles 7
Guyana 7 1
Equatorial Guinea 6
United States Virgin Islands 6
Isle of Man 5
Gabon 5 1
Suriname 5
Saint Martin 4
Bahamas 4
New Caledonia 4
Eswatini 4
Congo 3
Liberia 3
Namibia 3
Cape Verde 3
Curaçao 3 1
Cayman Islands 3 1
Zimbabwe 3
El Salvador 3
Saint Barthelemy 3
Madagascar 3
Zambia 3
Central African Republic 3
Saint Lucia 2
Nepal 2
Angola 2
Nicaragua 2
Benin 2
Greenland 2
Niger 2
Fiji 2
Mauritania 2
Bermuda 2
Bhutan 2
Gaza 2
Sudan 2 1
Haiti 2
Guinea 2
Kosovo 2
Montserrat 1
Uganda 1
Timor-Leste 1
Eritrea 1
Vatican 1
St Vincent and the Grenadines 1
Djibouti 1
Chad 1
Sint Maarten 1
Antigua and Barbuda 1
Somalia 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Gambia 1

Source: Johns Hopkins University, national public health agencies

Last updated on 22 March 2020, 18:00 GMT.

More than 80,000 people in China have been diagnosed with the infection since its emergence in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, in December – although its exact source has not yet been identified.

But there are now more than 247,000 confirmed cases outside China, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The WHO said it took more than three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, but only 12 days to reach the next 100,000.

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While these figures are for confirmed cases, the actual number of people with coronavirus internationally is thought to be much higher – as many of those with mild symptoms have not been tested and counted.

In response to the virus’s spread, countries around the world are ramping up measures to try to slow it down.

Governments have halted flights from virus-hit nations, locked down towns and cities and urged people to stay at home.

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in the US and announced a travel ban on European countries, including the UK and Ireland, as well as China and Iran.

The US has now overtaken Spain with more than 30,000 confirmed cases.

Travellers from outside the EU are also being turned away from airports and borders after the 27-country bloc imposed a 30-day ban on entry.

Many international conferences and sporting events have also been cancelled or postponed, including Six Nations rugby matches, Euro 2020, the Copa America and this year’s meeting of G7 leaders in the US.

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2. The virus has killed more people in Italy than China

Italy currently has the most confirmed cases outside China, where the virus originated.

While Italy has about 59,100 confirmed cases compared with China’s 81,000, its death toll of 5,476 exceeds China’s by several hundred.

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The majority of Italy’s deaths have occurred in the northern Lombardy region, which contains the city of Milan. Hospitals there are reportedly at breaking point and retired doctors and nurses have been asked to return to work.

Italy announced its second highest daily number of deaths in 24 hours on Sunday. The recent jump in deaths comes despite Italian authorities imposing stringent restrictions, closing nearly all shops, bars, hairdressers, restaurants and cafes.

Bar chart showing second highest daily death toll in Italy

The number of new confirmed cases in Italy also continues to spiral.

They have been increasing since the beginning of March, and there have been 5,000 new confirmed cases in each of the past four days.

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Schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues have been shut, and people have been ordered to stay at home and seek permission for essential travel in a bid to slow the virus’s spread.

The lockdown, imposed on 12 March, has now been extended beyond the original 25 March end date.

A number of airlines, including British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair, have cancelled Italy flights until the start of April.

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3. Numbers across Europe are rising

Other European countries have seen steep rises in infections and deaths, and the region has become the new epicentre of the crisis.

As well as Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK now have thousands of confirmed cases each.

Map of Europe showing cases in several key countries
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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that up to 70% of its population – some 58 million people – could contract coronavirus.

However, some German virologists dispute the high figure, suggesting a worst-case scenario of 40,000 cases.

Spain, which now has the fourth highest number of cases outside China, after Italy and the US, brought in a state of emergency on 14 March.

In the UK, confirmed cases stand at almost 5,700, and 281 people have died.

Line chart showing deaths and cases in UK

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a shift in strategy, urging everyone in the UK to avoid unnecessary social contact and work from home where possible.

On Friday he said that pubs, restaurants, theatres, leisure centres and gyms should all close.

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