by Hector Pascua with reports from News Agencies and orf.at
In the USA, the number of coronavirus deaths has exceeded the symbolic threshold of 200,000. According to the Johns Hopkins University, the mark was exceeded today. This means that the USA is responsible for around one in five deaths worldwide. Since the beginning of the pandemic, around 6.86 million cases of infection have been confirmed in the country – this is also an international record.
Highest absolute death toll
The number of victims in the USA, a country with 330 million inhabitants, is the highest in the world to date in absolute numbers. Brazil currently ranks second with more than 137,000 deaths, followed by India with around 89,000 victims.
In relation to the number of inhabitants, however, the number of victims in Peru, Belgium and Spain, among others, is higher than in the USA. In Peru, for example, according to Johns Hopkins, around 98 people per 100,000 inhabitants died, in Belgium 87, in Spain 65, and in the USA 61 people per 100,000 inhabitants, comparable to Italy (59).
Around 40,000 new infections per day
New infections per day remain at a high level in the USA. Most recently, about 40,000 confirmed new infections were reported daily. According to experts, this number would have to be brought below 10,000 to bring the pandemic under control.
The website of the University of Johns Hopkins is regularly updated and therefore usually shows a higher level than the official figures of the U.S. CDC. In some cases, however, the university’s figures have been revised downwards again. According to the CDC, there have been slightly more than 199,000 coronavirus deaths as of noon today (local time).
WHO warns against rapid spread
Overall, the virus is currently spreading rapidly worldwide, warns the WHO. Last week, almost two million new infections were registered worldwide. In Europe in particular, both infection and death figures are skyrocketing.
According to WHO statistics, 1,998,897 new cases were registered worldwide last week. This was an increase of six percent over the previous week and “the highest number of registered cases within a week since the beginning of the epidemic” at the end of last year in China. In Europe, new infections increased exponentially by eleven percent, while in Africa they decreased by twelve percent according to the reported figures.
According to the WHO, the number of new deaths worldwide was 37,700 last week – a drop of around ten percent compared to the previous week. However, this trend did not apply to Europe, where the number of deaths rose rapidly to over 4,000 within a week. That was an increase of 27 percent compared to the previous week.
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