COVID-19 update: World records 1 million cases in 100 hours
The pandemic has now killed more than 590,000 people in almost seven months.
The number of COVID-19 cases across the globe crossed the 14 million-mark on Friday, with the world recording its fastest one-million surge in under 100 hours, a Reuters report noted.
The virus that was first reported in China in early January this year took over three months to infect 1 million people. But the report notes that the jump to 14 million cases from 13 million took less than four days.
The number of cases globally is around triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization. The pandemic has now killed more than 590,000 people in almost seven months, moving towards the higher range of deaths caused due to influenza worldwide. The first death was reported in January in Wuhan, China, before the pandemic engulfed the rest of the world. China reported 22 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on July 17, which was 10 cases more than the previous day.
The surge is being witnessed across all countries, with over 3.6 million confirmed cases in the USA alone. The rise in caseload is continuing unbridled with the country recording 77,000 new infections on Thursday. This is the largest increase recorded by any country since the pandemic started. A comparison drawn seems stark when we take into consideration countries such as Sweden, which has reported 77,281 total cases since the pandemic began.
According to Reuters, based on government reports the disease appears to be accelerating the fastest in the Americas, which account for more than half the world’s infections and half its deaths.
Following America's unfortunate lead on the COVID-19 table is Brazil. The country has recorded more than 2 million positive cases and its President Jair Bolsonaro has also tested positive for the virus. Right on the heels of Brazil comes India which has been grappling with an average of almost 30,000 new infections since the last week.
Several Indian states that recorded few cases up until a few weeks ago are also witnessing an unprecedented rise in numbers. The growing caseload has led to many states, which has initially eased lockdown, now mulling to reimpose it.
The three aforementioned countries are the key contributors behind the World Health Organization on Friday reporting a record one-day increase of 237,743 cases.
However, US President Donald Trump has been advocating a return to normal economic activity and reopening of schools despite the surging cases. Several other countries are also stuck between the ‘to ease or not to ease’ lockdown conundrum, with some cities such as Barcelona and Melbourne, implementing a second round of local shutdowns.