This is where the number of coronavirus cases and deaths is still growing fast in the world today.


First published in August 2020.


While countries like Thailand and South Korea have been rather successful at flattening the curve of coronavirus infections, other countries in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) are still battling growing or returning outbreaks.

Singapore, which repeatedly had to tighten restrictions as the outbreak flared up again, has experienced the largest outbreak in the region after China, Indonesia and the Philippines, where case numbers have surged past those of Singapore in July. Infection counts in the Philippines continued to grow fast, as did those in Indonesia. Recent upticks in case numbers in Australia and Japan are now very visible in the chart that is using numbers collected by Our World in Data.

Cumulative coronavirus in the APAC region (as of August 4, 2020). / Statista

After most European countries have flattened the curves of COVID-19 infections, new outbreak centers around the world have emerged.

Brazil is now the most affected countries in the world after the U.S. and India comes third. While the growth of COVID-19 infections has slowed in Russia, the curves for Brazil and India are still very much pointing upwards. The U.S. had slowed the growth of cases momentarily, but has experienced a second surge after many businesses reopened.

Case numbers are also growing extremely fast in South Africa, now the fifth most affected country in the world with more than half a million cumulative cases. Spread of the virus also remained solid in Peru and Mexico, according to data by the European CDC compiled by Our World in Data, while Colombia and Argentina emerged as new hot spots on the American continent.

Good news came out of Chile and Pakistan, where the growth of cases was coming under control. Out of all countries with more than 50,000 cumulative cases outside of Europe, only China has so far managed to successfully flattening the curve of infections and keep it that way, while the start of a positive development could be seen in Qatar, Egypt, the UAE and Oman.

Growth of confirmed COVID-19 cases from the day infection numbers hit 100 (2020). / Statista

The death toll from the coronavirus has eased in Europe, but is climbing fast in Brazil. As cases have started growing again in the United States, so have daily death counts. The average number of daily deaths is once again higher in the U.S. than in Brazil, where the outbreak never slowed down.

Hard-hit countries in Europe like France, Italy and Spain have been able to keep daily death counts low. According to figures available on Worldometers and turned into 7-day rolling averages, the UK still had the highest number of average daily deaths in the region.

Germany has experienced significantly lower rates of death throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, as seen in the chart.

Daily number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in 2020 (7-day rolling averages). / Statista





[This piece is a compilation of stats first published in Statista 1, 2, and 3, and written by Katharina Buchholz, Data Journalist at Statista.]

(Cover: Spinoff.co.nz/Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris.)


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