Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Cases Surpass 17 Million

By Anna Breuer on 29 July 2020
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Moscow at night, photographed from the Four Seasons Moscow

The number of coronavirus cases across the globe crossed the 17 million mark over the weekend and now stands at 17.01 million, an increase of over 248,000 people over the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 10.53 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 665,657.

The number of daily deaths was 5,580 on Wednesday.

In the United States and its territories, over 61,000 new cases were reported on Wednesday.  The number of confirmed cases stands at 4.52 million, while the death toll surpassed 150,000 and now stands at 152,746.

California, Texas, and Florida reported record-high daily death tolls Wednesday, just as the death toll in the United States continued to averaged over 1,000 in recent days, the highest level since early June.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and is now at 2.48 million as of Wednesday, with a death toll of 88,634.  India is in third place, with 1.58 million total cases and a death toll of 34,948, and Russia is in fourth place, with 828,990 cases and a death toll of 13,637.

The critical R0 figure in Germany fell to 1.14 as a 4-day average, down from 1.28 on Monday, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut. Four weeks ago it had been at 2.88.

R0, pronounced “r naught,” is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.

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 65 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 848. It is followed by the United Kingdom with 677, and Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 43 days).  Spain reported 608 (unchanged in 10 days), Italy, 581 (unchanged for 3 days), while Sweden and France reported 567 and 463, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland have reported 359, 357 (unchanged in 3 days), 236, and 229, respectively.  In Germany the figure is 110 (unchanged in 9 days), while in Austria it is 79 (unchanged in 20 days).

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 461.  It continues to be three in China, according to official figures there, which are believed to be an undercount.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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