Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Monday, June 22, 2020

By Anna Breuer on 22 June 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands crossed the 9 million mark, and now stands at 9.06 million, an increase of over 130,459 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 4.87 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 471,477.

The number of daily deaths was 4,429 on Saturday and 3,328 on Sunday.

The number of active cases continues to increase dramatically.  As of Wednesday, there are 3.75 million active cases worldwide, an increase of almost quarter of a million since Friday, and 5.02 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 3.69 million are mild and 2% or 57,852 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2.36 million, an increase of 29,147, while the death toll stands at 122,283.

The number of new coronavirus cases rose in 18 states across the South, West, and Midwest of the United States.  Seven states reported new single-day records over the weekend while five reported record single-day figures earlier in the week.  The United States reported more than 30,000 new cases on Friday and Saturday, the highest daily totals since May 1, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

California reported 4,515 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the highest figure in the state since the pandemic began.  Also on Sunday, Missouri said it had recorded 397 new cases and Oklahoma reported 478 new cases, which were both records.

The increases there are being attributed to a mixture of increased testing, the lifting of lockdowns, and the lack of social distancing and other precautions in recent protests in the country. For months, the epicenter was in states in the Northeast but, more recently, the biggest increases have been observed in the South and the West.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and crossed the one million mark Monday with 1.09 million, up 35,066 in the past 24 hours, with a death toll of 50,659.  Meanwhile, Russia has the third highest number, with 592,280, up 7,600 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 8,206, a figure that officials in the United States continue to consider an undercount.

The critical R0 figure in Germany rose from 1.79 to 2.88 in one day, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut.  A few days earlier it had been below 1.0.  R0, pronounced “r naught,” is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.  Based on a seven-day average, the reproduction rate jumped to 2.03, according to RKI statistics from Sunday.  In Austria, the number of cases was up by 48, to 17,271, and the infection rate continues to average around 1.0.

While international comparisons of these figures are difficult, perhaps the most useful comparison is to look at the deaths per million members of the population, with the caveat that there are differences in how countries record deaths. It’s also important to keep in mind that the number of deaths is a lagging indicator.

Tiny San Marino, with a population of just over 33,000 and which has been testing all of its inhabitants, continues to have the highest number of deaths per million members of the population, at 1,238, unchanged for 30 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 837 (unchanged in 3 days). It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 6 days) and the United Kingdom with 629.  Spain reported 606 (unchanged in 26 days), Italy, 573, while Sweden and France reported 500 and 454, respectively (both unchanged for 3 days).

The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 355 (unchanged in 6 days), 347 (unchanged in 3 days), and 226 (unchanged in 3 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 107, while in Austria it is 77.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 369.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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