Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

By Anna Breuer on 24 June 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe now stands at 9.34 million, an increase of over 162,994 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 5.08 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 480,627.

The number of daily deaths was 5,465 on Tuesday.

The number of active cases continues to increase dramatically.  As of Wednesday, there are 3.83 million active cases worldwide, an increase of almost quarter of a million since Monday, and 5.56 million closed cases.  Out of the active cases, 3.78 million are mild and 2% or 58,016 are severe.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 2.43 million, an increase of over 35,000, while the death toll stands at 123,520.

The figure is the highest single-day total since late April and the third-highest total of any day since the start of the pandemic.

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, and crossed the one million mark Monday with 1.15 million as of Wednesday, with a death toll of 57,788.  Meanwhile, Russia has the third highest number, with 606,881, up 7,176 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 8,513, a figure that officials in the United States continue to consider an undercount.

The critical R0 figure in Germany rose from 1.79 to 2.88 in one day, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut.  A few days earlier it had been below 1.0.  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 32 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 839. It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 8 days) and the United Kingdom with 632.  Spain reported 606 (unchanged in 28 days), Italy, 573 (unchanged in 3 days) while Sweden and France reported 511 and 455, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, and Switzerland have reported 356, 349, and 226 (unchanged in 5 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 107, while in Austria it is 77, both unchanged in 3 days.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 373.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

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