10 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 117,660,000, with more than 2,612,000 deaths and 76,967,000 recoveries.

The US, India, and Brazil lead the world for total confirmed Covid-19 cases, with India maintaining its lead ahead of Brazil by less than 200,000 cases.

The US also leads the world in the total number of active cases with over 17,000,000 cases ongoing.

The rest of the top five countries with the highest numbers of active cases are within Europe, with the UK in second position, followed by France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Of the Nordic countries, Sweden has been the worst effected with over 680,000 total cases and 1,300 deaths per million population, approximately three times higher than the next worst affect country, Denmark, with 470 deaths per million population.

The difference in case numbers and deaths is likely attributable to the difference in Sweden’s national Covid-19 strategy, which aimed to reach herd immunity by allowing community transmission to occur without drastic prevention measures.

Incremental prevention measures started to be introduced from the end of 2020.

Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData