Coronavirus Facts and Figures: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – Cases Top 12 Million, U.S. Cases Over 3 Million

By Anna Breuer on 8 July 2020
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The number of coronavirus cases across the globe crossed the 12 million mark, an increase of over 208,000 people in the past 24 hours.  Out of this, 6.95 million have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics. The death toll now stands at 547,834.

The number of daily deaths was 5,515 on Tuesday.

In the United States and its territories, the number of confirmed cases stands at 3.09 million, an increase of over 60,021 cases since Monday, while the death toll stands at 134,020, an increase of 2,011.

Earlier in the week, Arizona surpassed 100,000 cases, and cases there have doubled in the past 20 days.    Officials in Idaho announced 400 new cases on Tuesday, a new single-day high, while Washington announced 1,000 new cases, also a record high. Finally, over 8,800 new cases were recorded in Texas, the largest single-day total for that state since the start of the pandemic.

Brazil continues to have the second highest number of cases in the world, and crossed the one million mark last week with 1.67 million as of Wednesday, with a death toll of 66,868.  Meanwhile, Russia has the third highest number, with 754,152, up 6,562 in the past 24 hours. The death toll there is 10,952.

The critical R0 figure in Germany fell to 0.70 over the past week as a 4=day average, down from 0.96 on Monday, according to the Robert-Koch-Institut. Two 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 44 days.

Belgium has the second highest number of deaths per million members of the population, 843, unchanged for 3 days. It is followed by Andorra with 673 (unchanged in 20 days) and the United Kingdom with 656.  Spain reported 607, Italy, 577, both unchanged for 2 days, while Sweden and France reported 539 and 459, respectively.

The Netherlands, Ireland, Canada, and Switzerland have reported 359, 353 (unchanged in 2 days), 231, and 227 (unchanged in 8 days), respectively.  In Germany the figure is 109, while in Austria it is 78, both unchanged in 11 days.

The number of deaths per million members of the population in the United States is now 405.  It remains three in China, according to official figures there, which are also believed to be an undercount.

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