Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Sunday, June 28, 2020 – Cases Cross 10 Million Mark, Deaths 500,000

By Anna Breuer on 28 June 2020
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St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe now stands at 10.15 million, an increase of over 175,568 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 5.5 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 502,537.

The number of daily deaths was 4,547 on Tuesday.

The number of active cases continues to increase dramatically.  As of Wednesday, there are 4.15 million active cases worldwide, an increase of over a quarter of a million since Friday, and 6 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 4.02 million are mild and 1% or 57,955 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2.6 million, an increase of over 100,000 over the weekend, while the death toll stands at 128,211.

The increase on Saturday of 194,190 is the highest global single-day total of new cases since the start of the pandemic.

The increase is 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 1.32 million as of Sunday, with a death toll of 57,149.  Meanwhile, Russia has the third highest number, with 634,437, up 6,791 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 9,073, a figure that officials in the United States continue to consider an undercount.

The critical R0 figure in Germany fell to 0.83 over the past week as a 7-day average, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut, and officials placed two towns, Gütersloh and Warendorf, under lockdown.  Last week it had been below 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 36 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 840 (unchanged in 3 days). It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 12 days) and the United Kingdom with 642.  Spain reported 606 (unchanged in 32 days), Italy, 574 (unchanged in 3 days) while Sweden and France reported 523 and 456, respectively, both unchanged in 3 days.

The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 356 (unchanged in 5 days), 351, and 227 (unchanged in 3 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 108, while in Austria it is 78, both unchanged in 3 days.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 387.  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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