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20 April 2020updated 26 Jul 2021 6:22am

New York state confirmed as world epicentre of Covid-19 in latest figures

By David Ottewell

New York state now has 247,815 confirmed cases of Covid-19, accounting for one third of all cases reported in the US, and 10 times as many cases as London.

Our coronavirus city tracker drills down into national data to show how urban states and regions continue to have the lion’s share of cases worldwide. The latest iteration shows some positive trends, with New York, Madrid, Lombardia and London all reporting fewer new daily cases than before.

While higher figures in US states to some extent reflect more widespread testing, the data lays bear the devastation wrought in New York. It accounts for a third of all US cases, despite only containing six per cent of the US population.

Cities – with their high population density, young and mobile demographics, and developed public transport systems – are particularly susceptible to rapidly spreading viral outbreak. Here we drill down into subnational Covid-19 figures to show which areas are seeing disproportionate numbers of Covid-19 cases.

While different countries count at different administrative levels, the pattern is clear: London and Madrid are “regions” in their own right, while New York State includes New York City and Lombardy covers Milan. This chart is currently being updated weekly with the latest figures, although some countries have a slight delay in publishing the very latest case numbers by region or state.

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