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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, ( 20 September 19.03 CET) 


  • 228.394.572 confirmed cases worldwide since the start of the outbreak

  • 4.690.186 deaths 

As of 20 September 2021 a total of 5.776.127.976 vaccine doses have been administered


  • 68.628.860 confirmed cases  

  • 1.315.620 deaths 


  • 88.053.862 confirmed cases

  • 2.172.973 deaths

South-East Asia

  • 42.547.959 confirmed cases

  • 669.126 deaths

Eastern Mediterranean

  • 15.480.394 confirmed cases

  • 283.387 deaths


  • 5.917.354 confirmed cases

  • 142.565 deaths

Western Pacific

  • 7.974.488 confirmed cases

  • 108.643 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: 21 September 2021


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