Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – U.S. Crosses 4 Million Mark

By Anna Breuer on 22 July 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe crossed the 15 million mark and now stands at 15.17 million, an increase of 239,237 people over the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 9.17 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 621,700.

The number of daily deaths was 5,669 on Tuesday.

In the United States and its territories, just over 66,000 new cases were reported on Tuesday.  The number of confirmed cases stands at 4.05 million, while the death toll is at 145,251.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and is now at 2.17 million as of Tuesday, with a death toll of 81,268.  India is in third place, with 1.27 million total cases and a death toll of 29,474, and Russia is in fourth place, with 789,190 cases, up 5,862 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 12,745.

The critical R0 figure in Germany fell to 1.04 as a 4=day average, down from 1.15 on Monday, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut. Four weeks ago it 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 58 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 846. It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 35 days) and the United Kingdom with 670.  Spain reported 608 (unchanged in 5 days), Italy, 580 (unchanged in 3 days), while Sweden and France reported 561 and 462, respectively, the latter unchanged for 6 days.

The Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland have reported 358 (unchanged for 13 days), 355 (unchanged for 3 days), 235, and 228, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 110, while in Austria it is 79 (unchanged in 11 days).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 439.  It continues to be three in China, according to official figures there, which are believed to be an undercount.

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