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November 2020

Based on analysis of the data on the Commonwealth COVID-19 Data Dashboard, the countries with the highest total confirmed cases of Coronavirus are India, with more than eight million cases recorded so far, followed by the United Kingdom with more then one million cases. However, based on the proportion of the population infected by coronavirus, the worst-affected Commonwealth countries currently are Maldives, followed by the Bahamas, Malta, South Africa and the UK.

A few Commonwealth countries have been very successful in controlling the spread of the virus by managing to ‘flatten the curve’. In Namibia, Trinidad and Tobago, eSwatini, South Africa and Singapore the daily rate of infection surpassed more than five cases per 100,000 people on average at the peak of the pandemic, but the average daily caseload has since fallen to below one-third of what it was at the peak in these countries.

Countries with highest number of confirmed cases (total)

Source: Commonwealth COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Countries with highest number of COVID 19 cases as a proportion of the population (per 100,000 people)

Source: Commonwealth COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Countries that have ‘flattened the curve’ (i.e. daily rate of cases has fallen below one-third of what it was at the peak)

Source: Commonwealth COVID-19 Data Dashboard