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Coronavirus cartograms: mapping reported cases and deaths

  • Written by  Benjamin Hennig, Tina Gotthardt
  • Published in Mapping
Coronavirus cartograms: mapping reported cases and deaths
07 Apr
Benjamin Hennig and Tina Gotthardt map the coronavirus

The first two maps below demonstrate absolute reported cases of, and deaths from, coronavirus. The next two population-weighted cartograms show relative information about mortality and per capita case numbers. Accurate as of 5 April 2020, data availability and quality nevertheless play an important part in these variable statistics, with the number of unreported cases and deaths believed to be quite considerable in some countries.

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Absolute Reported Cases:

This map shows the proportion of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in each country as of 05 April 2020

Since 31 December 2019, when the WHO was informed about the first cases in Wuhan, China, more than 1.1 million people are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and more than 62,000 have died (all figures last updated 5 April 2020).
There are now cases of Covid-19 on all continents, in 211 countries/territories.

The highest number of cases is currently recorded in the United States (273,808), followed by Spain (124,736), Italy (124,632), Germany  (91,214), China (82,930), and France (67,757). Spain overtook Italy as the country with most infections in Europe and Germany joined the other three countries with more infections than China.

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Absolute reported deaths:

This map shows the proportion of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in each country as of 5 April 2020

Italy has still the highest number of deaths (15,362), closely followed by Spain (11,744), then France (7,546), USA (7,020), United Kingdom (4,313) and Iran (3,452). There are now 61 territories with no recorded deaths yet, meaning that there are 150 territories where people have died.

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This map shows the land surface resized by its population and overlaid with data about the mortality of Covid-19, calculated as the per cent deaths of all reported cases as of 5 April 2020

The highest mortality rates are found in Botswana and Gambia with 25 per cent (one out of four reported patients died there), followed by some (mostly African) states with few cases. Six countries have a mortality of 20 per cent or higher and 22 countries of 10 per cent and higher. Of the larger countries with reported cases in the thousands, Italy has the highest reported mortality rate (12.3 per cent) followed by France (11.1 per cent), United Kingdom (10.3 per cent), the Netherlands (9.9 per cent) and Spain (9.4 per cent). China has a mortality rate of 4 per cent. Of the countries with many reported cases, Germany and the United States have a considerably lower mortality rates (1.5 per cent and 2.6 per cent deaths of all reported cases).

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Relative cases:

This map shows the land surface resized by its population overlaid with data about the reported cases of Covid-19 calculated as reported cases per 100,000 people in the country as of 5 April 2020

Highest per capita cases are often found in states with smaller populations, where testing may lead to more detected cases. The highest number of reported cases per 100,000 people is found in the Vatican (865), San Marino (736), Andorra (603), Luxembourg (436), Iceland (415) and the Faroe Islands (370). Of states with higher case numbers (1,000 or more), Spain has the highest relative number (267 per 100,000 people), followed by Switzerland (237), Italy (206), Belgium (159) and Austria (131).

Benjamin Hennig and Tina Gotthardt are involved in the Worldmapper Project (Worldmapper.org).

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