Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Friday, July 31, 2020 – Four States Break Single-Day Record for New Virus Cases

By Anna Breuer on 31 July 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe now stands at 17.59 million, an increase of over 287,000 people over the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 11 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 678,911.

The number of daily deaths was 6,427 on Thursday and 6,998 on Wednesday.

In the United States and its territories, over 67,619new cases were reported on Friday.  The number of confirmed cases stands at 4.65 million, while the death toll surpassed 150,000 and now stands at 155,721.

Florida and Arizona broke their single-day records on Thursday for deaths from the coronavirus, reporting 253 and 158, respectively. Meanwhile, Mississippi also set a record, reporting 48 deaths. That state and three others, namely Missouri, Hawaii and Ohio, set single-day records for new cases.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and is now at 2.61 million as of Friday, with a death toll of almost 100,000.  India is in third place, with 1.7 million total cases and a death toll of over 51,000, and Russia is in fourth place, with 839,981 cases and a death toll of 13,963.

The critical R0 figure in Germany fell to 1.06 as a 4-day average, down from 1.14 on Wednesday, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut. Five weeks ago, that figure had been at 2.88.

R0, pronounced “r naught,” is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.

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 67 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 849. It is followed by the United Kingdom with 670, and Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 45 days).  Spain reported 608 (unchanged in 12 days), Italy, 581 (unchanged for 5 days), while Sweden and France reported 568 and 463 (unchanged for 3 days), respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland have reported 359 (unchanged in 3 days), 357 (unchanged in 5 days), 236 (unchanged in 3 days), and 229 (unchanged in 3 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 110 (unchanged in 11 days), while in Austria it is 80.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 470.  It continues to be three in China, according to official figures there, which are believed to be an undercount.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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