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Total Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cases from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [Archive] Database
Country 12/31/2019 - 12/14/2020
Data Planet™: A SAGE Publishing Resource, Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

An agency of the European Union, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was established in 2005. Its mission is to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases. In order to achieve this mission, ECDC works in partnership with national health protection bodies across Europe to strengthen and develop continent-wide disease surveillance and early warning systems.

Dataset: Total Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cases from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) [Archive] Database

Reports a cumulative total of reported cases confirmed as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide by nation. ECDC defines confirmed cases as a person with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms. Data Planet calculates the cumulative total of cases as a sum of daily cases reported by ECDC since 12/31/2019.

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). Coronaviruses are viruses that circulate among animals with some of them also known to infect humans. Bats are considered natural hosts of these viruses though several other species of animals are also known to act as sources. Zoonotic coronaviruses have emerged in recent years to cause human outbreaks, such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) since 2012.

The statistics reported in Data Planet are drawn from daily data updates published by ECDC on COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths caused by COVID-19. Every day between 6.00 and 10.00 CET, a team of epidemiologists screens up to 500 relevant sources to collect the latest figures. The data screening is followed by ECDC’s standard epidemic intelligence process for which each data entry is validated and documented. National updates are published at different times and in different time zones. This, and the time ECDC needs to process these data, might lead to discrepancies between the national numbers and the numbers published by ECDC. Users are advised to use all data with caution and awareness of their limitations. Data are subject to retrospective corrections; corrected datasets are released as soon as processing of updated national data has been completed. ECDC switched to a weekly reporting schedule for the COVID-19 situation worldwide and in the EU/EEA and the UK on 17 December 2020. All daily updates have been discontinued from 14 December. Subsequent to this date, ECDC is publishing updates on the number of cases and deaths reported worldwide and aggregated by week.

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (2021-01-10). Total Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cases: Total Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Cases | Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, United States, 12/31/2019 - 12/14/2020. Data Planet™ Statistical Datasets: A SAGE Publishing Resource. (Dataset). Dataset-ID: 092-001-003

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