Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads

The humanitarian costs of the coronavirus epidemic continue to rise, with more than 589,000 people infected worldwide. The number of confirmed people who died from the virus has now exceeded 26,900.

The spread of the virus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, which means it is spreading rapidly in different parts of the world. To date, more than 180 countries have confirmed cases.

The epicenter of the coronavirus is now Europe, with the highest number of confirmed cases in Italy, and the number of deaths is increasing more rapidly in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States than in China in same stage of the epidemic.

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Dozens of countries now have double-digit deaths from coronaviruses – mainly in Europe – and many are following the same routes as today’s epicenters.

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In many countries, one or a few regions have been the first victims of the virus. Lombardy has overshadowed Wuhan as the most affected region in the world, and in Spain, Madrid and Catalonia may soon exceed even that.

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The American states also display very different trajectories. Washington experienced the first outbreak in the United States, but its death toll has increased relatively slowly since then. New York’s mortality curve is much steeper: the state has the highest mortality rate of any subnational region in the world at this stage of its epidemic.

In most western countries, the number of cases has increased by around 33% per day, a sign that other countries may soon face the same challenge as Italy.

The Asian city-state of Singapore and the territory of Hong Kong are on a different trajectory in terms of growth in the number of cases. So far, the rate of growth has been relatively contained thanks to swift and strict measures.

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There are now at least 100 confirmed cases recorded in 78 countries around the world.

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FT maps the virus and its economic impact as it spreads. Check back for our updated figures.

For coverage of the new coronavirus and updated graphics, please visit ft.com/coronavirus-latest

The data on this card comes from a dashboard maintained by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science Engineering, which combined data the World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also incorporates data from the Chinese medical community DXY website, which combines live status reports from the Chinese National Health Commission and the local CCDC.

The number of cases has now exceeded 100 in 35 European countries. The region now accounts for 75% of new daily cases.

Map showing the situation of coronaviruses in Europe. For coverage of the new coronavirus and updated graphics, please visit ft.com/coronavirus-latest

The coronavirus has now spread to all 50 states in the United States. Over 60,000 cases have been confirmed in the country.

Map of cases of American coronavirus by state

The Financial Times Economic Activity Index in China

The slowdown in China due to the coronavirus epidemic has been pronounced and substantial for the world economy. In order to follow these changes, the Financial Times has constructed its own measure of the slowdown and the nascent recovery of the Chinese economy.

Official data lags behind activity, as it is mostly monthly, and data from China is sometimes considered susceptible to political manipulation.

Using Wind’s financial database, we compiled a weighted index of six daily data series by sector.

National economy measures include sales of floor space, traffic congestion in cities, and consumption of coal in major power plants. Commercial activity is represented by containerized freight.

Two other less weighted indices provide social and environmental context: ticket numbers for Chinese cinemas – a good indicator of consumer activity – and air pollution in the ten largest cities.

Chart showing the impact of Covid-19 on the Chinese economy. FT China Economic Activity Index.
Chart showing the impact of Covid-19 on the Chinese economy. Sub-indices which make up the FT China economic activity index.

The FT has a page dedicated to monitoring the economic impact where you can keep abreast of the various measures of economic activity.


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