Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, July 15 – With 13.5 Million Cases, July is Starting to Look a Lot Like March

By Anna Breuer on 15 July 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe hit 13.5 million, an increase of almost 218,000 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 7.9 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 583,293.

The number of daily deaths was 5,414 on Wednesday.

In the United States and its territories, over 65,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday.  The number of confirmed cases stands at 3.56 million, an increase of 65,000 cases in 24 hours, while the death toll stands at 139,435.

In New York City, the infection rate is rising dramatically amongst young people, according to the latest data. Unlike the pattern the city saw in the spring, where the virus disproportionately impacted the elderly as well as low-income residents, the trend shows that younger people need to wear masks and practice social distancing, the city’s mayor said Tuesday.

In California, health officials said they are experiencing a shortage of coronavirus tests and announced they would restrict testing to symptomatic patients.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and is nearing the 2 million mark with 1.93 million as of Wednesday, with a death toll of 42,336.  India is in third place with 959,993 total cases and a death toll of 24,865, and Russia is in fourth place, with 746,369, up 6,422 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 11,770.

The critical R0 figure in Germany rose to 1.6 as a 4=day average, up from 1.0 on Monday, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut. Three weeks ago it had been at 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 51 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 844, unchanged for 5 days. It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 27 days) and the United Kingdom with 664.  Spain reported 608, Italy, 579, while Sweden and France reported 549 and 460, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland have reported 358 (unchanged for 5 days), 353 (unchanged in 9 days), 233 (unchanged for 2 days), and 227 (unchanged in 13 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 109, unchanged in 5 days, while in Austria it is 79 (unchanged in 2 days).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 421.  It continues to be three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

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