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Covid-19, situation in the world

Situation in the world

On 31 December 2019, the Municipal Health Commission of Wuhan (China) reported to the World Health Organization a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown aetiology in Wuhan City, Hubei province. On 9 January 2020, the China CDC reported that a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) had been detected as the causative agent of the respiratory disease later named Covid-19. China immediately made the genome sequence publicly available. This allowed rapid development of a diagnostic test. 

International situation 

Latest WHO data*
*Source: Health Emergency Dashboard, (April 16, 11.12 CET) 


  • 138.411.980 confirmed cases worldwide since the start of the outbreak

  • 2.974.642 deaths 

As of 15 April 2021 a total of 734.121.870 vaccine doses have been administered


  • 48.553.214 confirmed cases  

  • 1.024.904 deaths 


  • 59.053.949 confirmed cases

  • 1.432.017 deaths

South-East Asia

  • 17.176.307 confirmed cases

  • 234.509 deaths

Eastern Mediterranean

  • 8.340.972 confirmed cases

  • 169.008 deaths


  • 3.202.032 confirmed cases

  • 80.271 deaths

Western Pacific

  • 2.164.592 confirmed cases

  • 34.580 deaths

Warning: From 17 February, WHO data include both laboratory-confirmed and clinically-diagnosed cases (currently the clinically-diagnosed cases are only those from Hubei Province in China). 

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Data ultimo aggiornamento: 16 April 2021


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