Tracking daily Coronavirus cases around the world

As scientists pin down the origin, governments enact prevention measures and labs look for a cure, news about the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus often comes down to two questions: Where and how many people are infected? The dashboards are intended to provide the public with an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds, with transparent data sources.

We have sourced two interactive maps that provide updates around the world, in real-time, as they’re reported:

  • Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
  • Novel Coronavirus Infection Map by Bo Zhao of University of Washington


What is Coronavirus?

On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of an outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown cause” detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China – the seventh-largest city in China with 11 million residents. As of February 10, there are over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 confirmed globally, including cases in at least 20 regions in China and 26 countries around the globe. The first reported infected individuals, some of whom showed symptoms as early as December 8, were discovered to be among stallholders from the Wuhan South China Seafood Market. Subsequently, the wet market was closed on Jan 1. The virus causing the outbreak was quickly determined to be a novel coronavirus. Health officials in China have released their first major report into the coronavirus which has now been officially named COVID-19. However, the mortality and transmissibility of COVID-19 are still unknown, and likely to vary from those of the prior referenced coronaviruses. Find out more and how to protect yourself here.

Don’t know which facts are true across media websites or social media posts?
Separate fact from fiction by reading coronavirus myth busters on the World Health Organisation website.


Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases Map

Map by Johns Hopkins CSSE.
Note: Click on a country or red spot on the world map to interact. To view on mobile, click to top right panel and select ‘Mobile Version’.




Novel Coronavirus Infection Map

Map by Bo Zhao of University of Washington.
Note: Refer to the world map below and scroll to any country. Click on it to see the latest data in a bar chart and trend lines for that country (i.e. Australia).





  • Every year an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 people die in the world due to complications from seasonal influenza (flu) viruses. This figure corresponds to 795 to 1,781 deaths per day due to the seasonal flu.
  • SARS (November 2002 to July 2003): was a coronavirus that originated from Beijing, China, spread to 29 countries, and resulted in 8,096 people infected with 774 deaths (fatality rate of 9.6%). Considering that SARS ended up infecting 5,237 people in mainland China, Wuhan Coronavirus surpassed SARS on January 29, 2020, when Chinese officials confirmed 5,974 cases of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). One day later, on January 30, 2020 the novel coronavirus cases surpassed even the 8,096 cases worldwide which were the final SARS count in 2003.
  • MERS (in 2012) killed 858 people out of the 2,494 infected (fatality rate of 34.4%).



Basic protective measures against coronavirus

  • Wash hands frequently: Wash your hand with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser to kill viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth: Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Maintain social distancing: Keep at least one metre between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. If you are too close, you an breathe in airborne droplets, including the virus if the person has the disease.


How long does Covid-19 last on surfaces


The standard Symptoms of coronavirus


Seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.



Australian Government Links and Updates

  • Novel coronavirus general info. Visit page
  • Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) health alerts – Updated every day with the latest medical advice and official reports specific to Australia. Visit page
  • Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) resources – A collection of resources for the general public, health professionals and industry about novel coronavirus. Visit page
  • For travel, transport and hotel info – If you’re travelling or considering travelling, these pages offers tips, fast sheets and helpful info around being prepared. Smartraveller | Govt health info



Other information and helpful links on Coronavirus

Incubation Period (how long it takes for symptoms to appear)

Symptoms of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 (estimated ranges vary from 2-10 days, 2-14 days, and 10-14 days, see details), during which the virus is contagious but the patient does not display any symptom (asymptomatic transmission).

See full details: Wuhan Coronavirus Incubation Period


Fatality Rate (case fatality ratio or CFR) of the Wuhan Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus’ case fatality rate has been estimated at around 2%, in the WHO press conference held on January 29, 2020 [16] . However, it noted that, without knowing how many were infected, it was too early to be able to put a percentage on the mortality rate figure.

A prior estimate had put that number at 3%.

Fatality rate can change as a virus can mutate, according to epidemiologists.

For comparison, the case fatality rate for SARS was 10%, and for MERS 34%.

See full details: Wuhan Coronavirus Fatality Rate.


Age and conditions of Coronavirus cases

According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), about 80% of those who died were over the age of 60 and 75% of them had pre-existing health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

According to the WHO Situation Report no. 7 issued on Jan. 27:

  • The median age of cases detected outside of China is 45 years, ranging from 2 to 74 years.
  • 71% of cases were male.

A study of 138 hospitalized patients with NCIP found that the median age was 56 years (interquartile range, 42-68; range, 22-92 years) and 75 (54.3%) were men.

The WHO, in its Myth busters FAQs, addresses the question: “Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?” by answering that:

  • People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
  • Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.



Data notes:
Data from Map A. The case data visualized is collected from various sources, including WHO, U.S. CDC, ECDC China CDC (CCDC), NHC and DXY. DXY is a Chinese website that aggregates NHC and local CCDC situation reports in near real-time. U.S. cases (confirmed, suspected, recovered, deaths) are taken from the U.S. CDC, and all other country (suspected and confirmed) case data is taken from the corresponding regional health departments. For more information on the data, visit John Hopkins University blog.


– Interactive map, Coronavirus 2019-nCoV Global Cases. Johns Hopkins CSSE. View map
– Mapping 2019-nCoV, John Hopkins University – Whiting School of Engineering. By Lauren Gardner, 23 January 2020. Read more here
– Interactive map b. Novel Coronavirus Infection Map. By Bo Zhao, University of Washington. View map



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