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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 July, 11.52 CET) 


  • 190.770.507 confirmed cases worldwide since the start of the outbreak

  • 4.095.924 deaths 

As of 19 July 2021 a total of 3.436.534.998 vaccine doses have been administered


  • 58.558.098 confirmed cases  

  • 1.206.689 deaths 


  • 74.931.056 confirmed cases

  • 1.965.042 deaths

South-East Asia

  • 36.866.910 confirmed cases

  • 529.452 deaths

Eastern Mediterranean

  • 11.890.644 confirmed cases

  • 227.375 deaths


  • 4.613.887 confirmed cases

  • 107.985 deaths

Western Pacific

  • 4.027.254 confirmed cases

  • 60.372 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: 20 July 2021


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