I have been doing Data Analytics Studies on the Coronavirus Pandemic for 87 days and have written 139 research-based blog posts on COVID-19 in these 87 days.
Yes, the Coronavirus Pandemic, which is affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 cruise ships, has already affected more than 7 million people, of which almost 49% have recovered. More than 32% of the cases are from North America, almost 30% are from Europe, over 19% from Asia, and over 16% from Central & South America.
However, over 5.74% of those affected — or over 400,000 people — have succumbed to the deadly disease. More than 44% of the deaths are from Europe, over 33.5% from North America, over 12% from Central & South America, and about 8.5% from Asia.
It took 13 days to move from 1 million to 2 million cases, 12 days from 2 million to 3 million cases, 12 days from 3 million to 4 million cases, 11 days from 4 million to 5 million cases, 9 days from 5 million to 6 million cases, and 9 days from 6 million to 7 million cases.
Is 9 days the new normal? Are we going to reach 10 million cases globally in the next 27 days — by July 4 (American Independence Day) — or is the growth going to accelerate or slow down? In the last 4 days, there have been an average of 127,573 new cases per day. This shows that we may hit the 8 million case mark in 8 days as opposed to 9 days.
Some of the deadliest pandemics of the last century were:
SPANISH FLU (1918-20) infected 500 million people, about a quarter of the world’s population at the time. The death toll was anywhere from 40 million to 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.
AIDS (1981-present), which peaked between the years 2005 and 2012, has claimed an estimated 30-36 million lives in the past 39 years.
ASIAN FLU (1957-58), which had its roots in China, resulted in 1 to 2 million deaths worldwide, with 116,000 in the USA alone.
HONG KONG FLU (1968-70), caused by an H3N2 strain of the influenza A virus, caused about 1 million deaths, including about 100,000 in USA alone.
The H1N1 SWINE FLU (2009-2010), which originated in Mexico, infected 700 million to 1.4 billion people (10.2 to 20.4% of the then world population), though the number of confirmed cases were only 1,632,710. This Swine Flu pandemic is estimated to have killed between 180,000 and 575,000 people, though the number of lab-confirmed deaths reported to the WHO (World Health Organization) was just 18,449.
Though the Coronavirus Pandemic is unlikely to reach anywhere close to the infection or death count of the Spanish Flu or AIDS, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is already 4.3 times higher that of the H1N1 Swine Flu.
The global death count from COVID-19 is already 21.83 times higher than the number of lab-confirmed H1N1 Swine Flu deaths reported to the WHO. At the current growth in number of deaths, the world will reach a death count of 1 million in 122 days.
USA’s death count from COVID-19 has already crossed the country’s death count from the Hong Kong Flu and will cross it’s count from the Asian Flu in 5 days.
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LATEST UPDATES (at 1:30 pm UTC; June 7, 2020):
- The world has crossed 7.016 million cases
- The global death toll is over 402,750
- India has reported 250,285 cases and 6,988 deaths so far. In terms of number of cases, India is at the No.6 rank in the world (up from No.22 on April 14). India’s Maharashtra state, with 82,968 cases, would rank No.19 in the world if it were a country (up from No.44 on April 24)
- India became the 6th country to cross 250,000 cases
- Saudi Arabia became the 15th country to cross 100,000 cases
- 6 countries have crossed 250,000 cases (up from 0 on April 1)
- 12 countries have crossed 150,000 cases (up from 1 on April 3)
- 15 countries have crossed 100,000 cases (up from 3 on April 3)
- 21 countries have crossed 50,000 cases (up from 8 on April 3)
- 37 countries have crossed 25,000 cases (up from 11 on April 3)
- 47 countries have crossed 15,000 cases (up from 16 on April 16)
- 57 countries have crossed 10,000 cases (up from 23 on April 16)
- 6 countries have crossed 25,000 deaths (up from 0 on April 3)
- 15 countries have crossed 5,000 deaths (up from 5 on April 3)
- 19 countries have crossed 2,500 deaths (up from 7 on April 3)
- 30 countries have crossed 1,000 deaths (up from 10 on April 3)
- 41 countries have crossed 500 deaths (up from 16 on April 16)