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Covid-19, 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, (October 29, 17.15 CET) 


  • 44.351.506 confirmed cases worldwide since the start of the outbreak

  • 1.171.255 deaths 


  • 10.261.850 confirmed cases  

  • 277.135 deaths 


  • 19.998.930 confirmed cases

  • 630.769 deaths

South-East Asia

  • 9.080.126 confirmed cases

  • 142.174 deaths

Eastern Mediterranean

  • 3.010.758 confirmed cases

  • 76.558 deaths


  • 1.308.041 confirmed cases

  • 29.491 deaths

Western Pacific

  • 723.120 confirmed cases

  • 15.416 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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See the case updates on the websites of the two main international agencies:

Data ultimo aggiornamento: 29 October 2020


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