Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Friday, July 17 – 14 Million Cases and Counting

By Anna Breuer on 17 July 2020
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Vienna’s famous Riesenrad, or Giant Ferris Wheel

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe is poised to hit 14 million on Friday, an increase of almost 400,000 people in the past 48 hours.  Out of this, 8.3 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 593,776.

The number of daily deaths was 5,742 on Friday.

In the United States and its territories, over 75,600 new cases were reported on Friday, a new daily high that shattered previous records.  The number of confirmed cases stands at 3.7 million, while the death toll is at 141,156.

In New York City, the infection rate continues to rise dramatically amongst young people, according to the latest data. Unlike the pattern the city saw in the spring, where the virus disproportionately impacted the elderly as well as low-income residents, the trend shows that younger people need to wear masks and practice social distancing, the city’s mayor said earlier in the week.

Across the country, governors, mayors, and local officials are scrambling to stem the tide by requiring masks and limiting the size of public gatherings, although Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, forbade local officials to require people to wear face coverings in public.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and is now at 2.02 million as of Wednesday, with a death toll of 78,846.  India is in third place, having crossed the one million mark with 1.02 million total cases and a death toll of 25,777, and Russia is in fourth place, with 759,203, up 6,406 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 12,123.

The critical R0 figure in Germany fell to 1.25 as a 4=day average, down from 1.6 on Wednesday, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut. Three weeks ago it had been at 2.88.

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 correlation 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 53 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 845. It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 29 days) and the United Kingdom with 664 (unchanged in 3 days).  Spain reported 608, Italy, 579, both unchanged in 3 days, while Sweden and France reported 554 and 462, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland have reported 358 (unchanged for 7 days), 354, 234, and 227 (unchanged in 16 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 109, unchanged in 8 days, while in Austria it is 79 (unchanged in 5 days).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 426.  It continues to be three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

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