Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

By Anna Breuer on 17 June 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at 8.3 million, an increase of over 53,829 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 4.35 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that compiles and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 447,086.

The number of daily deaths was 6,592 on Sunday.

The number of active cases is no longer declining.  As of Wednesday, there are 3.51 million active cases worldwide, an increase of almost half a million since Monday, and 4.8 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 3.46 million are mild and 2% or 54,533 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2.21 million, an increase of 23,705, while the death toll stands at 119,175.

Officials in three states – Arizona, Florida, and Texas – reported their largest one-day increases on Tuesday in new cases yet. Florida reported 2,793 new cases, Texas 2,622, and Arizona, 2,392.

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.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, with 929,149, an increase of over 34,000 cases in the past 24 hours, with a death toll of 45,467.  Meanwhile, Russia has the third highest number, with 553,301, up 8,841 in the past 24 hours, and a total of 7,843 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 645 to 188,027, 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 14, to 17,203, 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 23 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 835. It is followed by Andorra with 673 and the United Kingdom with 6189.  Spain reported 580 (unchanged in 21 days), Italy, 569, while Sweden and France reported 499 and 453, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 355, 346 (unchanged in 3 days), and 226 , respectively.  In Germany the figure is 106 (unchanged for 13 days), while in Austria it is 76.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 360.  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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