COVID-19 pandemic by country


October 20, 2021

This document describes the statistics and current status of the COVID-19 pandemic by country. The first confirmed case of Coronavirus Infectious Disease-19 (COVID-19) caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus first occurred in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The most recent case was the first reported case in Antarctica on December 25, 2020.


Total number of confirmed cases and deaths

As of 05:21 UTC on September 19, 2021, the number of confirmed cases worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic is 228,167,999, and the number of deaths is 4,686,384. There are 29 cases of ship-borne infections.

Occurrence by Continent

The following is an overview of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by each continent. As the COVID-19 pandemic begins in earnest, countries around the world are taking measures such as restrictions on going out, curfew, and quarantine measures, enactment of related laws, issuing evacuation advisories, and restrictions on citizenship and visitation to affected areas. Some regions are also implementing quarantine measures for the entire world or restrictions on travel for their own citizens.


Asia is also the continent to which the People's Republic of China, the country where the first outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic belongs. Since the first confirmed case was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, it has spread rapidly to Japan, Thailand, and South Korea. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Turkmenistan are the only countries, except for these two countries, which have become infected with COVID-19. The countries with the highest number of confirmed cases in Asia are India, Russia (a country that spans Europe), Iran, Iraq and Indonesia. In countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam, which were initially spread, the number of confirmed cases did not increase rapidly due to relatively quick quarantine measures. The countries with the highest death toll were India, Iran, Indonesia, Iraq and Turkey, and all of these countries had over 150,000 deaths. However, it is estimated that there are not a few countries where the actual death toll is much higher than that recorded in official statistics.


Africa is the fourth continent to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first case in Africa was reported in Egypt on February 14, 2020. Among sub-Saharan African countries, the first confirmed case was reported in Nigeria at the end of February. Since then, Corona 19 has spread to each country throughout the continent of Africa for three months, and after the report of an outbreak in Lesotho on May 13, there were no unaffected countries left in Africa. Among the cases of outbreaks in African countries, it was found that most of the cases imported from abroad were from European countries and the United States rather than from the People's Republic of China, the first outbreak country. On May 26, it was observed that most African countries had entered the phase of community-to-community transmission, even considering that the virus testing capacity had reached its limit. In particular, considering that the health systems of African countries are still incomplete, it is highly likely that there are cases of unreported cases. This is because the environment was not properly prepared to actively respond to COVID-19 due to a shortage, lack of training of professional medical staff, and an inefficient information sharing system. This makes it difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.

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