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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 26, 10.15 CET) 


  • 42.745.212 confirmed cases worldwide since the start of the outbreak

  • 1.150.961 deaths 


  • 9.286.504 confirmed cases  

  • 267.788 deaths 


  • 19.629.837 confirmed cases

  • 624.532 deaths

South-East Asia

  • 8.924.840 confirmed cases

  • 140.169 deaths

Eastern Mediterranean

  • 2.931.368 confirmed cases

  • 74.372 deaths


  • 1.291.315 confirmed cases

  • 29.145 deaths

Western Pacific

  • 711.158 confirmed cases

  • 15.225 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). 

See also: 


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

Data ultimo aggiornamento: 26 ottobre 2020


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