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Global COVID: Tracking countries with the most virus cases, deaths on Jan. 9, 2021

Identifying the top 15 countries currently most affected by the coronavirus pandemic

FILE - In this Friday Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, a member of staff prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to a member of the public near Manchester, England. Britain races to vaccinate more than 15 million people by mid-February, and in an effort to ensure vaccines get to the right places at the right times, along with the syringes, alcohol swabs and protective equipment needed to administer them, the government has called in the army.  (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)
FILE - In this Friday Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, a member of staff prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to a member of the public near Manchester, England. Britain races to vaccinate more than 15 million people by mid-February, and in an effort to ensure vaccines get to the right places at the right times, along with the syringes, alcohol swabs and protective equipment needed to administer them, the government has called in the army. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File) (Jon Super)

The coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve around the world each day.

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Each week, we’ll provide updates on which countries have the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Data as of 2:22 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2021.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world is 89,368,735 -- an increase of 5.1 million since last week.

Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases

  1. United States - 22,035,618 COVID cases
  2. India - 10,431,639 COVID cases
  3. Brazil - 8,013,708 COVID cases
  4. Russia - 3,344,175 COVID cases
  5. United Kingdom - 3,026,313 COVID cases
  6. France - 2,824,920 COVID cases
  7. Turkey - 2,317,118 COVID cases
  8. Italy - 2,257,866 COVID cases
  9. Spain - 2,050,360 COVID cases
  10. Germany - 1,914,249 COVID cases
  11. Colombia - 1,755,568 COVID cases
  12. Argentina - 1,703,352 COVID cases
  13. Mexico - 1,507,931 COVID cases
  14. Poland - 1,376,389 COVID cases
  15. Iran - 1,280,438 COVID cases

Since our last report: The U.S. saw the largest increase in COVID-19 cases of all countries in the last week, reporting more than 1.8 million new cases. The U.S. remains #1 in the world. India remains #2 in the world, Brazil remains #3 and Russia remains #4 in the world in terms of total COVID case counts. The U.K. jumped from #6 to #5 in the world in the last week.

The remaining countries listed above all reported an increase in virus cases, but have each maintained their ranking over the last seven days.



The total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths around the world is 1,921,554 -- an increase of more than 89,000 since last week.

Countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths

  1. United States - 370,119 COVID deaths
  2. Brazil - 201,460 COVID deaths
  3. India - 150,798 COVID deaths
  4. Mexico - 132,069 COVID deaths
  5. United Kingdom - 81,000 COVID deaths
  6. Italy - 78,394 COVID deaths
  7. France - 67,567 COVID deaths
  8. Russia - 60,523 COVID deaths
  9. Iran - 56,100 COVID deaths
  10. Spain - 51,874 COVID deaths
  11. Colombia - 45,431 COVID deaths
  12. Argentina - 44,273 COVID deaths
  13. Germany - 40,221 COVID deaths
  14. Peru - 38,049 COVID deaths
  15. South Africa - 32,425 COVID deaths

Since our last report: The U.S. remains #1 in the world and is reporting the largest weekly increase in COVID deaths of all countries in the last week with 21,700 new deaths. Brazil remains #2 in the world, India remains #3 and Mexico remains #4 in the world.

The U.K. jumped from #6 to #5 in the world, reporting an increase of of more than 6,000 new virus deaths. Germany jumped from #14 in the world to #13 in the last week. South Africa jumped to #15 in the world, replacing Poland.

The remaining countries listed above have all reported an increase in virus deaths, but have each maintained their ranking over the last seven days.


All data is sourced from Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 data.

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