Our coverage of the coronavirus

A selection of our stories about covid-19 and its consequences

Since it emerged in December 2019, the coronavirus has officially killed over 6m people, though our own estimate suggests the actual toll exceeds 20m. It has infected many millions more and compelled governments around the world to lock down their populations. The rapid development of vaccines has at least offered some grounds for optimism. To stay up to speed with The Economist’s coverage of the virus, you can bookmark this hub page; register to receive our weekly newsletter, which has a special edition showcasing our coronavirus coverage; and follow our data trackers showing global vaccination rates, a daily estimate of excess deaths around the world and the virus’s spread across Europe and America.

Economic consequences

The pandemic is boosting sellers of traditional medicine

Whether or not they work, herbal remedies are a healthy business

In stamping out covid, China has stomped on confidence

China is able to make and distribute more things again. But will consumers buy them?

Air travel is taking flight again

Headwinds still threaten the recovery

It will take time for China’s consumers to recover from lockdown

Some lost consumption will be lost forever

China’s zero-covid industrial complex

The biggest corporate winners from the country’s draconian pandemic strategy

Political and social impact

Governments are ignoring the pandemic’s disastrous effect on education

Neglected pupils will suffer for the rest of their lives

What pandemic border closures say about Japan’s view of outsiders

Double standards in travel rules reveal a distrust of foreigners

Covid learning loss has been a global disaster

Millions of children are still out of school. The costs are stacking up

China’s mental-health crisis is getting worse

Covid lockdowns and constant surveillance probably do not help

Getting around covid controls in Shanghai

Dark restaurants and shuttered gyms are not necessarily closed

Beijing and Shanghai are still trying to get a grip on covid-19


The origin of the Black Death

It probably started in Central Asia, around 1338

Data trackers

Asia’s outbreaks show that Omicron is deadly in unvaccinated people

Covid has never spread faster than in recent surges in Hong Kong and South Korea

The pandemic’s true death toll

Our daily estimate of excess deaths around the world

The global normalcy index

Is the world returning to pre-pandemic life? Find out with our interactive tracker

Tracking covid-19 across the world

Use our live data to follow the battle against the pandemic

Excess deaths, by country or city

In many parts of the world, official death tolls undercount the total number of fatalities

Tracking the coronavirus across Europe

How countries and regions are coping with the covid-19 pandemic


Covid-19 vaccines saved an estimated 20m lives during their first year

Their impact in poor countries depends on how effectively governments prioritised recipients

Are the Russian covid-vaccine results accurate?

A new study calls into question a published clinical trial

Why so many elderly Chinese are unvaccinated

Some are complacent, others are afraid

Catherine the Great was a pioneer of inoculation

Lucy Ward tells the story in “The Empress and the English Doctor”