Global coronavirus caseload topped 20 million on Tuesday with the majority of the infections comming from three countries – the US, Brazil, and India.
Since the virus started to spread in Wuhan, last year, it took six months to touch the 10 million mark globally, which is dwarfed by the recent milestone of 20 million that only needed six weeks to reach double the numbers, Associated Press reports.
As per Johns Hopkins tally, the current global status of COVID-19 infected stands at 20,092,855; with 736,254 deaths recorded around the world.
However, AP notes the Johns Hopkins tally may not be entirely correct given the fact 40% of the cases are asymptomatic and there have been limitations in testing, according to experts and that cases might be manifolds of what is officially recorded.
We The World Magazine calculation of the present data shows, of the 20+ million global coronavirus cases, India, Brazil, and the US accounts for more than 10 million cases.
Both India and the US continue to record over 50k cases on an average. In India, in the last 24-hours, more than 50k new cases were recorded a slight downtick from the above 60k cases in the past week in a row.
In the US, daily infections continue to record above 50k bar on a daily basis, which is a slight decrease from the earlier average.
Meanwhile, in Brazil, daily cases are comparatively lower than India and the US with slightly more than 42k cases in a 7-day average as of August 9, New York Times tally says.
The death toll rose from 499,506 to 736,191 within 45 days; this means there were 236,685 new deaths, an average of more than 5,200 fatal cases a day, as per AP analysis.
Virus caseload continues to surge in different parts of the world, apart from the top three worst-affected nations. For instance, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia among others.
Where cases are sprouting and where falling?
Coronavirus is apparently ebbing in some parts of the world, while the novel disease has waned almost every part of the world.
Countries like India, Peru, Columbia, Spain, UK, Argentian, Turkey, Germany, France, Iraq, Philippines, Indonesia, Ecuador, Ukraine, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Japan, and Switzerland are some of the places where new cases are rising as of the last 14 days, per New York Times tally.
While, the US, South Africa, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakistan, Bolivia, Oman, Dominican Republic, Belarus, UAE, Singapore, Portugal, Honduras, Nigeria, Ghana, Armenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Madagascar and Sudan among others have noted fall in a daily number of cases, but are far from over.
The NYT noted, initially, the global coronavirus outbreak showed a shifting epicenter pattern, kicking off with China in Wuhan, shifting to Iran, then Northern Italy, Spain, and then New York.
In April as the sweeping lockdown was incurred around the world, caseloads started to fall, however, the economies around the world took a drastic dip.
Keep to return to ‘normal’ nations across the globe started to reopen in May and June, ushering another cycle of the unstoppable spread of the virus. This time, the US became the global epicenter of the virus, which continues to remain so.
However, while data presented shows a comprehensive and apparently sensible count, given the daily media reports, it must be noted many government virus death tallies, including the US, are victims of undercount and are also affected by limited testing capacities of the governments.