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The coronavirus pandemic is far from over

Some countries are reporting more new coronavirus infections compared with the previous two weeks. Global data trends show that the coronavirus pandemic isn't over yet. DW sums up 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: September 24, 2021.

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 six out of 188 countries and territories. 

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - calendar week 38, 2021

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 has not changed significantly 67 countries have reported more cases in the past two weeks compared with the previous 14 days.

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - until calendar week 38, 2021

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 the countrywide spread — in the past 28 days, countries and territories classify as follows:

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - map calendar week 38, 2021

More than twice as many new cases:

  • Asia: China, Singapore
  • Africa: Burundi, Djibouti, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe
  • Americas: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Europe: Romania, Slovakia

More new cases:

  • Asia: Armenia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Jordan, South Korea, Laos, Philippines, Syria, Turkey
  • Africa: Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe
  • Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay
  • Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine
  • Oceania: Australia, Papua New Guinea

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

  • Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone
  • Americas: Chile
  • Europe: Belgium, San Marino

Fewer new cases:

  • Asia: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cyprus, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Palestinian territories, Yemen
  • Africa: Algeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia
  • Americas: Bahamas, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, United States of America, Venezuela
  • Europe: Albania, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Oceania: Fiji

Less than half as many new cases:

  • Asia: Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor Leste
  • Africa: Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa
  • Americas: Argentina, Ecuador
  • Europe: Kosovo, Monaco
  • Oceania: New Zealand

Zero new cases:

  • Africa: Lesotho
  • Europe: Vatican
  • Oceania: Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

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 Rost.

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