What the stats say


GHI reviews the latest Covid-19 data released by the WHO, governments and aviation analysts over the past week. Which countries have seen a rapid rise in cases? Are there areas where the pandemic is starting to plateau and what does that tell us?

Latin America is the big story this week with the region surpassing 100,000 deaths (20% of the global total) from coronavirus this week with Brazil, Chile, Peru also posting surging numbers of fresh virus cases. 

They could soon be joined by Mexico in the top 10 of most affected countries with the nation reporting more than 6,000 new daily infections and rising to 13th place in the global of Covid-19 cases.

But it is Brazil that is at the heart of the epidemic in Latin America. The home of the Seleção accounts for around half of all the reported Covid fatalities in the region and has smashed through the one million cases mark in the past week. Only the US has more. That might be enough to persuade the more conscientious of Presidents to wear a face mask, but not Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.

The bombastic leader once again flouted Covid-19 precautionary measures while visiting the city of Brasilia. However, democracy struck back as a Federal Judge rebuked the President for flouting requirements to wear a face mask and threatened a fine for a repeat offence. Nobody, not even the President, is above the law after-all.

Chile became one of the highest new entrants into the top 10 word affected countries this week by leapfrogging to seventh. The South American nation has posted more than 5,000 cases on multiple occasions over the past week. The wave has caused political turmoil with the country’s health minister quitting amid accusations that the Government manipulated Covid-19 case data to support an early easing of restrictions.

Elsewhere- – seven US states reported record breaking numbers of fresh Covid-19 cases. President Trump’s response was to brand the virus ‘Kung Flu’ in another one of his trademark slights on China. 

Europe keeps fingers and toes crossed as many onetime Covid-19 hotpots slide down the top 10 this week (Italy, Spain) or depart completely (France, Germany). The hope is that they will never return, but flash outbreaks like that experienced at a meat factory in Germany this week mean nobody is resting on their laurels.

Looking to a brighter future: China’s inactivated Covid-19 vaccine candidate has entered phase III trials and had prompted antibody production in all patients during phase I and II testing.

Top 10 countries by confirmed cases of Covid-19

1.     US: 2,347,022 (1)
2.     Brazil: 1,145,906 (2)
3.     Russia: 598,878 (3)
4.     India: 456,183 (4)
5.     UK: 307,682 (5)
6.     Peru: 260,810 (8)
7.     Chile: 250, 767 (New Entry)
8.     Spain: 246,753 (6)
9.     Italy: 238,833 (7)
10.  Iran:  209,970 (10)

Top 10 data source