5 charts that tell the story of how the coronavirus pandemic unfolded



Graph showing covid-19 global vaccinations


Hannah Ritchie, head of analysis at Our World In Knowledge, has been instrumental in offering the world with each day covid-19 knowledge from the start of the pandemic. Right here, she picks 5 charts which have stood out from the remainder.


1. Lockdowns throughout Europe

“I believe all of it appears a bit fuzzy to us now, however round March 2020, we have been in such uncharted territory. Nations have been attempting to determine what they need to do. The UK waited too lengthy, regardless of most of mainland Europe already being in lockdown. I believe this can be a helpful snapshot that exhibits the UK’s delay. Taking motion earlier would probably have saved a whole lot of lives within the first wave.”


2. UK winter wave

“Every nation has had its personal sample and timing of waves. Some had worse ones in [their] autumn. I believe the clearest winter wave was within the UK, particularly with the emergence of the ‘UK variant’, which created a whole lot of concern for different nations. For a number of weeks, we have been recording greater than 1000 deaths per day.”



3. Vaccine campaigns begin

“That is probably crucial metric we’ll monitor for years.”


4. India’s outbreak 

“India’s curve actually begins ramping up in early March, however it was given little or no consideration till it was too late. The confirmed instances and demise counts are prone to be very giant underestimates of the particular scale of the outbreak.”


5. South America’s persistent battle

“Many nations have had fairly distinct waves of covid, with giant outbreaks then a number of months of low an infection charges. Nonetheless, a number of nations throughout South America have had nearly a yr of comparatively excessive ranges of an infection and deaths. They haven’t actually been capable of get it below management. A lot of the eye is on India now, however South America, in some ways, has been worst hit. We additionally suppose extra deaths there are a lot greater than confirmed deaths.”

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