According to World Health Organization data, the official number of global coronavirus cases is now at least five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually. Several health officials have warned that real numbers are likely far higher than the official number, as testing has not been able to capture the full picture.
The pandemic has spread to 188 countries and regions. As of the end of August, slightly more than half of the 25 million cases are in the top 3 countries – the USA, Brazil and India. Seven of the top 10 countries are in North, Central or South America.