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Global coronavirus cases surpass the 40 million milestone

By Shaina Ahluwalia and Roshan Abraham

 

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Registered nurse (RN) Amanda Pierce takes a young patient's nasal swab at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drive-thru testing site at Froedtert North Hills Health Center in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, U.S., October 18, 2020. REUTERS/Bing Guan

 

(Reuters) - Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease.

 

The Reuters tally is based on official reporting by individual countries. Experts believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries.

 

The Reuters data shows the pace of the pandemic continues to pick up. It took just 32 days to go from 30 million global cases to 40 million, compared with the 38 days it took to get from 20 to 30 million, the 44 days between 10 and 20 million, and the three months it took to reach 10 million cases from when the first cases were reported in Wuhan, China, in early January.

 

Record one-day increases in new infections were seen at the end of last week, with global coronavirus cases rising above 400,000 for the first time.

 

There were an average of around 347,000 cases each day over the past week, compared with 292,000 in the first week of October.

 

The United States, India, and Brazil remain the worst affected countries in the world. COVID-19 cases in North, Central, and South America represent about 47.27% or nearly half of global cases.

 

Around 247 cases are seen per 10,000 people in the United States. For India and Brazil, those numbers stand at 55 cases and 248 cases per 10,000 people respectively.

 

New cases are growing at over 150,000 a day in Europe, as many countries including Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Cyprus, and the Czech Republic have reported record daily increases in the number of coronavirus infections.

 

Europe currently accounts for over 17% of the global cases and nearly 22% of the deaths related to the virus worldwide.

 

Parts of the UK were put into lockdown as Prime Minister Boris Johnson bid to contain a second wave of infections through local measures.

 

France imposed curfews while other European nations are closing schools, canceling surgeries, and enlisting student medics.

 

President Donald Trump called for a big economic stimulus as U.S. infections surpassed eight million, with record spikes in several states.

 

States across the Midwest are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, with new infections and hospitalizations rising to record levels.

 

India's cumulative tally of coronavirus infections stood at 7.43 million on Saturday, with the number of active infections slipping below 800,000 for the first time in 1.5 months.

 

Iran, the Middle Eastern country hardest-hit by the coronavirus, extended restrictions and closures in the capital Tehran into a third week on Saturday as its death toll rose above 30,000.

 

Since the pandemic started, over 1.1 million people have died due to COVID-19, with the global fatality rate hovering around 2.8% of the total cases.

 

An official at the World Health Organization has said the global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic.

 

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9 minutes ago, placeholder said:

One of the many problems of comparing flu to covid is that there have been no lockdowns during past flu epidemics at least since 1918. No mask wearing. No other social distancing precautions. So the severity of the covid pandemic looks a lot lighter as a consequence. But we've seen what happens in states like Florida, Arizone and Texas when restrictions were eliminated. Hospitalizations shot up in a way that they haven't done during flu epidemics.

Sweden's statistics look rather interesting for a country that has had minimal lockdowns from the very beginning, noting they have a much smaller population of around 10.23 million people.

Cases
Total
image.png.1b4f14dcd2812fa8b2adaa6cb7b80d00.png
Worldwide
 
 
Cases
40.1M
Recovered
27.5M
Deaths
1.11M
Location Cases Recovered Deaths
image.png.b4237a942665bda7a6b60365a5511772.png
Sweden
103K
-
5,918
image.png.292512df1cc82703cd0749d6a826b244.png
United States
8.19M
-
220K
image.png.7e540e5931e35c8333368636821486aa.png
India
7.55M
+61,871
6.66M
115K
+1,033
image.png.acdbce440baa3b9489d5702e2cb9bcc4.png
Brazil
5.24M
+10,982
4.65M
154K
+230
image.png.a93654b14d72905904249bf7784d1247.png
Russia
1.42M
+15,099
1.08M
24,366
+185
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18 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Sweden's statistics look rather interesting for a country that has had minimal lockdowns from the very beginning, noting they have a much smaller population of around 10.23 million people.

Cases
Total
image.png.1b4f14dcd2812fa8b2adaa6cb7b80d00.png
Worldwide
 
 
Cases
40.1M
Recovered
27.5M
Deaths
1.11M
Location Cases Recovered Deaths
image.png.b4237a942665bda7a6b60365a5511772.png
Sweden
103K
-
5,918
image.png.292512df1cc82703cd0749d6a826b244.png
United States
8.19M
-
220K
image.png.7e540e5931e35c8333368636821486aa.png
India
7.55M
+61,871
6.66M
115K
+1,033
image.png.acdbce440baa3b9489d5702e2cb9bcc4.png
Brazil
5.24M
+10,982
4.65M
154K
+230
image.png.a93654b14d72905904249bf7784d1247.png
Russia
1.42M
+15,099
1.08M
24,366
+185

Do you understand that you're comparing Sweden, a country with roughly 10 million people to countries with much larger populations? Also, it has a public health system far superior to any of them.

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5 minutes ago, placeholder said:

Do you understand that your comparing Sweden, a country with roughly 10 million people to countries with much larger populations? Also, it has a public health system far superior to any of them.

that's the problem, some folks don't understand. I do believe that in the next 3 months the understanding will become more prevalent unfortunately..

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2 minutes ago, sezze said:

Do not compare Sweden do your own country . In Sweden you do have a few large cities , but many live far away from each other . 2nd is that Swedish (Scandinavian) people are very obeying and solitary people ( sorry my English not good enough to find different words ) . Saying it works there , so it does work here also , is comparing apples and oranges , it just isnt the same . Comparing Sweden to Norway , which is very same , Sweden scores worse ( although i'd be happy with those figures ). The cartoon below is about Finland , but i've seen similar for Sweden .

11 Of The Best Examples Of Nordic People Social Distancing Way Before  Quarantine | Bored Panda

There's also the fact that an unusually high percentage of Swedes live alone.

Why do so many Swedes live alone?

https://www.thelocal.se/20180412/why-do-so-many-swedes-live-alone

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19 minutes ago, placeholder said:

There's also the fact that an unusually high percentage of Swedes live alone.

Why do so many Swedes live alone?

https://www.thelocal.se/20180412/why-do-so-many-swedes-live-alone

     I have met a few Swedes in my time .

     They are not really the live and soul , of the party ,

      Maybe,  they are Kindlers..555

 

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Why is everybody so in panic because of positive "infections"?

How many people are really sick???

Comparing Covid-19 with a normal flu, the deaths are far away from historically cases of the annual flu-deseases.

And this year so far, no flu reported. Could Covid-19 just be a flu?

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On 10/19/2020 at 11:32 PM, UB40 said:

Why is everybody so in panic because of positive "infections"?

How many people are really sick???

Comparing Covid-19 with a normal flu, the deaths are far away from historically cases of the annual flu-deseases.

And this year so far, no flu reported. Could Covid-19 just be a flu?

 

Here's a good answer to your question from the U.S.  The number of COVID deaths in the U.S. is vastly higher than any prior regular flu fatalities year.

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused nearly 300,000 more deaths than expected in a typical year

The coronavirus pandemic has left about 299,000 more people dead in the United States than would be expected in a typical year, two-thirds of them from covid-19 and the rest from other causes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.

 

The CDC said the novel coronavirus, which causes covid-19, has taken a disproportionate toll on Latinos and Blacks, as previous analyses have noted. But the CDC also found, surprisingly, that it has struck 25- to 44-year-olds very hard: Their “excess death” rate is up 26.5 percent over previous years, the largest change for any age group.

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-excess-deaths/2020/10/20/1e1d77c6-12e1-11eb-ba42-ec6a580836ed_story.html

 

Annual regular flu deaths in the U.S. typically run between 30,000 and 70,000, depending on the severity of the flu season. This year's CV deaths, in well less than a year at this point, are vastly beyond any recent regular flu season in the U.S.

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