Global Covid-19 cases exceed 30 million, deaths surpass 945,000

Global Covid-19 cases exceed 30 million, deaths surpass 945,000

access_time2020-09-17 13:15:51

Global coronavirus cases have now infected a total of over 30 million people worldwide, with the pandemic showing no signs of slowing.

According to figures from Worldometer, the number of coronavirus cases reported passed the 30-million mark on Thursday.

India was firmly in focus as the latest epicentre, although North and South America combined accounted for almost half of the global cases.

Global new daily case numbers reached record levels in recent days and deaths neared 1 million as the international race to develop and market a vaccine heated up.

The official number of global coronavirus cases is now more than five times the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to World Health Organization data.

Around the world, there have been almost 1 million deaths, considered a lagging indicator given the two-week incubation period of the virus. That has well exceeded the upper range of 290,000 to 650,000 annual deaths linked to influenza.

India on Wednesday became only the second country in the world, after the United States, to record more than 5 million cases.

The United States has about 20% of all global cases, although it has just 4 per cent of the world's population. Brazil, the third worst-hit country, accounts for roughly 15% of global cases.

It took 18 days for global cases to surge from 25 million to more than 30 million. It took 20 days for the world to go from 20 million to 25 million and 19 days to go from 15 million to 20 million.


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