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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, (January 22, 10.55 CET) 


  • 96.012.792 confirmed cases worldwide since the start of the outbreak

  • 2.075.870 deaths 


  • 31.474.660 confirmed cases  

  • 690.060 deaths 


  • 42.807.169 confirmed cases

  • 983.878 deaths

South-East Asia

  • 12.597.011 confirmed cases

  • 193.591 deaths

Eastern Mediterranean

  • 5.461.398 confirmed cases

  • 130.079 deaths


  • 2.395.260 confirmed cases

  • 55.644 deaths

Western Pacific

  • 1.325.085 confirmed cases

  • 22.996 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: 22 January 2021


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