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?

The world recorded its 10 millionth coronavirus case this week and it could soon add a million more every ten days from the US alone according to the country’s top infectious diseases advisor, Dr Anthony Fauci.

Fauci warned the Senate of daily case rates in excess of 100,000 unless the US took more stringent action to slowdown transmission.  The US set a record one day rise of 44,358 Covid-19 cases earlier this week. Fauci said he was “very concerned” and the US was “going in the wrong direction.” The infectious diseases expert refused to provide an estimate on the US’ total death toll from Covid-19, but warned it would: “be very disturbing.”

Meanwhile, the White House has claimed the coronavirus was being contained to ‘embers’. Arizona has ordered bars, cinemas and water parks to shutdown within weeks of reopening in response to a spike in cases.

Elsewhere, local lockdowns have been the virus fighting tactic de jour. Australian authorities will lockdown 300,000 people north of Melbourne for a  month after a plethora of local Covid-19 cases. In the UK, the city of Leicester has re-entered lockdown after recording 10% of all UK cases over the past week.

New Zealand is once again on track to declare itself coronavirus free. The land of the long white cloud has gone two days without reporting a case. The country was the first in the world to ride itself of the virus last month before reimporting cases from the UK.

Overall, the top 10 nations by confirmed coronavirus cases shows little change over the past week. However, Mexico and Pakistan are two nations who may be about to dislodge Italy and Spain from the rankings in July.

Top 10 countries by confirmed cases of Covid-19

1.     US: 2,634,432 (1)
2.     Brazil: 1,402,041 (2)
3.     Russia: 646,929 (3)
4.     India: 566,840 (4)
5.     UK: 314,160 (5)
6.     Peru: 285,213 (6)
7.     Chile: 279,393 (7)
8.     Spain: 249,271 (8)
9.     Italy: 240,578 (9)
10.  Iran:  227,662 (10)

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