At the end of December 2019, Chinese public health authorities reported several cases of acute respiratory syndrome in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China. Chinese scientists soon identified a novel coronavirus as the main causative agent. The disease is now referred to as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and the causative virus is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

The initial outbreak in Wuhan spread rapidly, affecting other parts of China. Cases were soon detected in several other countries. Outbreaks and clusters of the disease have since been observed in Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Americas.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and outbreak investigations are ongoing. ECDC is closely monitoring this outbreak, providing risk assessments, public health guidance, and advice on response activities to EU Member States and the EU Commission.

Latest updates


Download today’s data on the geographic distribution of COVID-19 cases worldwide

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ECDC launches new weekly COVID-19 surveillance report

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COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol: Guidance for the management of airline passengers in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Communicable disease threats report, 17-23 May 2020, week 21

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Surveillance of COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in the EU/EEA

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Situation update 24 May 2020, dataset collected 6:00-10:00 CET

5 273 572 cases
341 722 deaths
Whereof 161 857 deaths in the EU/EEA and UK
1 348 411 cases
in the EU/EEA and the UK.