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COVID-19: 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 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

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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 four out of 188 countries and territories. 

Data visualization: COVID-19 global new case numbers trend - calendar week 2, 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 further: 146 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 2, 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 2, 2022

More than twice as many new cases:

  • Asia: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cyprus, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia
  • Americas: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, United States of America, Uruguay
  • Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Oceania: Australia, Fiji

More new cases:

  • Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, China, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
  • Africa: Algeria, Burundi, Chad, Cote dIvoire, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, Zambia
  • Americas: Canada, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Venezuela
  • Europe: Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Oceania: Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

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

  • Africa: Egypt
  • Europe: Czech Republic

Fewer new cases:

  • Asia: Azerbaijan, Myanmar, Iran, Jordan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Palestinian territories
  • Africa: Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan
  • Americas: Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Europe: Belarus, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine

Less than half as many new cases:

  • Africa: Syria
  • Africa: Cameroon, Eswatini, Nigeria, Zimbabwe
  • Oceania: Solomon Islands

Zero new cases:

  • Asia: Tajikistan
  • Europe: Vatican
  • Oceania: Samoa, 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 Muth.

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