Via Financial Times

The humanitarian costs of the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, with more than 605,000 people infected globally. The number of people confirmed to have died as a result of the virus has now surpassed 27,600. 

The virus’s proliferation has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, meaning it is spreading rapidly in different parts of the world. More than 180 countries have confirmed cases so far. 

The epicentre of the coronavirus is now Europe, with the largest number of confirmed cases in Italy, and death tolls growing more quickly in Italy, Spain, the UK and US than they did in China at the same stage of the outbreak.

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Dozens of countries now have double-digit deaths from coronavirus — mostly in Europe — and many are tracing the same paths as the current epicentres.

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In many countries one or a small number of regions have borne the brunt of the virus. Lombardia has eclipsed Wuhan as the most badly affected region in the world, and in Spain Madrid and Catalonia could soon surpass even that.

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US states also show very different trajectories. Washington saw the first outbreak in the US, but its death toll has risen relatively slowly since then. New York’s mortality curve is much steeper: the state has the highest death toll of any subnational region in the world at this stage of its outbreak.

In most western countries case numbers have been increasing by about 33 per cent a day, a sign that other countries may soon be facing the same challenge as Italy.

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The Asian city-state of Singapore and the territory of Hong Kong are on a different trajectory in terms of the growth in case numbers. The rate of increase has so far been relatively contained through rapid and strict measures.

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There have now been at least 100 confirmed cases recorded in 78 countries around the world.

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The FT is mapping the virus and its economic impact as it spreads. Check back for our up-to-date figures.

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The data for this map comes from a dashboard maintained by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science Engineering, which has combined data from the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also incorporates data from the Chinese medical community website DXY, which aggregates live situation reports from the Chinese National Health Commission and local CCDC.

Case numbers have now passed 100 in 35 European countries. The region now accounts for 75% of new daily cases.

Map showing the coronavirus situation in Europe. For coverage on the novel coronavirus and up-to-date graphics, please visit

Coronavirus has now spread to all 50 states in the US. More than 60,000 cases have been confirmed in the country.

US coronavirus cases map by state

The Financial Times China Economic Activity Index

China’s slowdown due to the coronavirus outbreak has been pronounced and consequential for the global economy. In order to track these changes, the Financial Times has constructed its own measure of the slowdown and nascent recovery in the Chinese economy. 

Official data lags behind activity since it is mostly monthly, and China’s data is sometimes viewed as open to political manipulation.

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Using Wind’s financial database, we have compiled a weighted index of six daily, industry-based data series.

The measures of the domestic economy include real estate floor space sales, traffic congestion within cities, and coal consumption in major power plants. Trade activity is represented by container freight. 

Two other indices, which have been given a lesser weighting, provide social and environmental context: box office numbers from Chinese cinemas – a good proxy on consumer activity – and air pollution in the ten largest cities.

Chart showing Covid-19's impct on the Chinese economy. FT China Economic Activity index.
Chart showing Covid-19's impact on the Chinese economy. Subindices that make up the FT China Economic Activity index.

The FT has a dedicated economic impact tracker page where you can keep up to date with various metrics of economic activity.