The research published in the journal Scientific Reports found that there are likely to be more cases in the winter, and fewer in the warmer months. Countries closer to the equator have, on average, experienced lower cases of coronavirus, while those in the northern and southern parts of the planet get more.
Researchers analysed information from 117 different countries, using data on the spread of the pandemic from the start up until January 9 of this year.
They used statistical analysis to determine the relationships between the latitude of a country and the amount of Covid cases.
The researchers, from Heidelberg Institute of Global Health in Germany and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, found that for every one degree increase - or 620 miles either side of the equator - in the latitude of a country, there was a 4.3 percent increase in Covid cases per one million people.
Countries close to the equator have on average 33 percent fewer cases per million people.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Coronavirus is likely seasonal but won't disappear in summer - landmark study (Image: GETTY)
There are fewer cases of coronavirus in the summer (Image: GETTY)
The researchers believe increased UV light - rays from the Sun - can weaken or kill the virus, meaning there are likely to be fewer cases in the summer time.
However, the scientists were keen to stress that this does not mean