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COVID-19: Pandemic trends in three charts

Only a few countries are reporting more new coronavirus infections compared with the previous two weeks. DW sums up the global data on the current situation in three charts.

A screenshot showing a graph with COVID-19 case numbers

Case numbers are still rising in many countries

These charts and this article are updated every Friday between 1100 and 1300 UTC. Last updated: May 20, 2022. You can always find this article at

What's the current global trend? 

The goal for all countries is to make it to the blue section of the chart and stay there. Countries and territories in this section have reported no new cases for four weeks in a row.

Currently, that is the case for ten out of 188 countries and territories. 

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - calendar week 20, 2022

Please note: The number of newly reported cases highly depends on a country's ability to conduct tests and its strategy for administering tests. Additionally, some countries have been criticized for not accurately reporting case numbers.

How has the COVID-19 trend evolved over the past weeks?

The situation deteriorated slightly: 77 countries have reported more cases in the past two weeks compared with 14 days earlier.

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - until calendar week 20, 2022

What is the current COVID-19 trend in my country? 

Based on the newly reported case numbers — which can reflect local outbreaks as well as nationwide spread — in the past 28 days, countries and territories classify as follows:

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - map calendar week 20, 2022

More than twice as many new cases:

  • Asia: Afghanistan, Brunei Darussalam, Kuwait, Mongolia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Palestinian territories
  • Africa: Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
  • Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay
  • Europe: Ireland, Portugal
  • Oceania: Papua New Guinea

More new cases:

  • Asia: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
  • Africa: Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Zambia
  • Americas: Bahamas, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Venezuela
  • Europe: Andorra, Spain
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

About the same number of new cases (no change or plus/minus 2%):

  • Africa: Comoros, Guinea Bissau
  • Americas: Barbados
  • Europe: Ukraine

Fewer new cases:

  • Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Myanmar, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Yemen
  • Africa: Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Lesotho, Libya, Mali, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan, Tunisia
  • Americas: Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru
  • Europe: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Oceania: Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu

Less than half as many new cases:

  • Asia: Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Laos, Maldives, Timor Leste, Vietnam
  • Africa: Burundi, Chad
  • Americas: Cuba, Haiti
  • Europe: Belarus, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia
  • Oceania: Solomon Islands

Zero new cases:

  • Asia: Tajikistan
  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Egypt
  • Americas: El Salvador, Nicaragua
  • Europe: Vatican

If you have questions regarding the analysis, please refer to the project's GitHub repository for code and methodology. For feedback regarding the charts, please contact: 
The charts in this article were inspired by the work of Lisa Charlotte Muth.

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