Coronavirus Stats and Facts: Thursday, Sept. 17 – The World Hits 30 Million Cases Days After Hitting 29

By Anna Breuer on 17 September 2020
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The worldwide number of reported virus cases crossed the 30 million mark on Thursday, just three days after crossing the 29 million mark on Sunday and less than a week after crossing the 28 million mark.  The number of cases currently stands at 30.03 million as of early Thursday, an increase of 307,465 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The number of deaths, which reached the 900,000 mark just over a week ago, now stands at 945,051, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.

There are now over 7.29 million active cases across the globe. In addition, almost 22.74 million people have recovered.

The United States leads the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, and now has 6.83 million cases. Officials there reported 39,221 new infections on Tuesday, and the coronavirus death toll in the country passed the 200,000 mark and now stands at 201,348.

India has the second highest number of coronavirus infections in the world after the United States, based on reported figures, and crossed the 5 million mark on Thursday.  The country now has 5.12 million cases, after reporting 83,230 new cases on Thursday, although the number of deaths per million members of the population remains low at 60.   By comparison, that figure in the United States is 608 and it is 613 in the United Kingdom and 630 in Brazil.

Brazil remains in the number three slot, with 4.42 million cases, while Russia now has 1.08 million cases, putting it in the number four slot.

Peru is number five, with 744,400 cases, although it leads in the number of deaths per million members of the population, with 939, with the exception of tiny San Marino, where the population is too small for the figure to be statistically significant.

In the United States, Wyoming reported 120 new cases, the state’s highest daily total. In addition, an unnamed White House staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.  Several people involved in the Trump Administration and the president’s re-election campaign have tested positive for the virus in recent months including the national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, and the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, Katie Miller.

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