Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Monday, June 15, 2020

By Anna Breuer on 15 June 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at 7.89 million, an increase of over 133,292 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 4.09 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 435,141.

The number of daily deaths was 4,229 on Sunday.

The number of active cases is no longer declining.  As of Wednesday, there are 3.45 million active cases worldwide, an increase of almost half a million since Friday, and 4.35 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 3.39 million are mild and 2% or 54,138 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2.16 million, an increase of 19,142, while the death toll stands at 117,849.  Health officials said that the rate of infection the United States has been increasing in 22 states, level in eight, and decreasing in the rest.  Two states – Texas and North Carolina – reported a record number of virus-related hospitalizations over the weekend.  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, notably in Texas and Arizona.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, with 867,887, an increase of over 17,000 cases in the past 24 hours, with a death toll of 43,389.  Meanwhile, Russia has the third highest number, with 528,964, up 8,835 in the past 24 hours, and a total of 6,948 deaths, a figure that officials in the United States continue to consider an undercount.

The number of new coronavirus cases and fatalities in Germany increased by just 248 to 187,671, and the country’s infection rate continued to hold below the key R0 threshold of 1.0.  R0, pronounced “r naught,” is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.  In Austria, the number of cases was up by 31, to 17,109, and the infection rate also remained below 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 21 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 833. It is followed by Andorra with 660 (unchanged in 29 days) and the United Kingdom with 614.  Spain reported 580 (unchanged in 19 days), Italy, 568, while Sweden and France reported 483 and 451, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 354, 346, and 224 (unchanged in six days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 106, while in Austria it is 75 (both unchanged for 11 days).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 356.  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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