The resurgence of the corona epidemic is affecting large parts of the world. In this overview we list the most important figures.
To date, more than 33 million registered infections and over 1 million official corona deaths have been counted. After the first wave died down, the virus is once again gaining ground in many parts of the world.
India in particular is showing worrying figures. The number of new infections has been increasing since April and is not getting under control. The country is already reporting more than 70,000 new cases per day.
Brazil and the US also continue to record high figures. After a long decline since the summer, the number of additional infections is also increasing in the US. The US has nearly 7 million infected citizens, in Brazil it is just over 4.5 million. The three countries combined thus still account for just over 54 percent of global cases, but only 44 percent of global deaths. The US now has more than 200,000 deaths from Covid-19.
The counter is also steadily increasing in Russia. Although the number of new cases is much lower than in the three most affected countries, more than 1 million Russians have already been affected by the virus.
The EU is also struggling with flare-ups after many member states have implemented a relaxation of measures. In our country, the second wave – with an increasing number of new infections from the beginning of July – never seems to have stopped completely and the number of new infections is increasing from day to day.
The peak in Europe remains Spain, with a record number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants.
If we look at global trends, it becomes clear that the virus is flaring up everywhere.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus late last year, more than 960,000 people have died from Covid-19. After a global peak in mid-April, with a sad US country record of 4,591 deaths in one day, the average number of deaths per day declined steadily. In early June, that figure started to rise again, mainly because countries in the American continent were not getting the virus under control.
It is unclear exactly how many people have died from the corona virus. Not everyone who dies is tested for the virus and countries do not register corona deaths in the same way. Belgium and France count deaths in nursing homes without a test among the corona deaths, other countries do not.
The corona statistics do not completely capture the actual death toll. Comparing countries by looking at victims per capita therefore gives a distorted picture. A better indicator is the excess mortality: the number of people who died more than the average of previous years.
In the period from late February to mid-May, just before and just after the peaks in many European countries, half more people died in Spain than expected from the average figures. This is considerably more than in Italy (over 35%), the hardest hit European country, and England and Wales. There, almost 42 percent more people have died than usual. In Belgium, more than 33 percent more people have died than expected.
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