Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as countries fight to contain the pandemic

The human cost of coronavirus has continued to mount, with more than 3.73m cases confirmed globally and more than 260,100 people known to have died. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic and it has spread to more than 190 countries around the world. This page provides an up-to-date visual narrative of the spread of Covid-19, so please check back regularly because we will be refreshing it with new graphics and features as the story evolves.

There are concerns, however, that reported Covid-19 deaths are not capturing the true impact of coronavirus on mortality around the world. The FT has gathered and analysed data on excess mortality; (the numbers of deaths over and above the historical average) across the globe, and has found that death tolls in some countries are more than 50 per cent higher than usual. In many countries, these excess deaths exceed reported numbers of Covid-19 deaths by large margins.

Graphs presented by the Financial Times show that South Africa is one of the few countries in the world that is experiencing a ‘no excess deaths’ scenario. This is because our road accident levels and inter-personal violence levels have dropped since the onset of lockdown.

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