The World of International Organizations

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 100 million

Mass screening for COVID-19 in November at Bolzano, Italy (AN/Davide Costanzo)

The number of people with confirmed infections of coronavirus surged past 100 million — one of every four cases in the United States alone — with 2.1 million deaths and 55 million recoveries worldwide as of Tuesday.

In a sign of improvement, the pace of new cases slowed just a bit this month, to 16 days per 100 million cases, down from 15 days per 10 million cases between the 70 million and 90 million marks, according to Johns Hopkins University and Google data trackers. Before that it took 16 to 17 days per 10 million cases.

The United States alone, with a population of 331 million, accounted for 25.3 million, or 25 percent, of all cases worldwide. That means roughly one of every 13 Americans has been infected, and one in 785 has died — 423,010 in all — since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year.

As a region, the Americas lead, with 43.9 million infections, and Europe is second, with 33 million cases, according to World Health Organization figures. Next is Southeast Asia, with 12.7 million; Eastern Mediterranean, 5.5 million; Africa, 2.5 million; and Western Pacific, 1.4 million.

Europe is grappling with a particularly strong virus mutation first detected in Britain last year that is forcing governments to impose new lockdown restrictions. Britain also is Europe’s first nation to experience more than 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

“A year ago today, fewer than 1,500 cases of COVID-19 had been reported to WHO, including just 23 cases outside China. This week, we expect to reach 100 million reported cases,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press briefing on Monday.

“Numbers can make us numb to what they represent: every death is someone’s parent, someone’s partner, someone’s child, someone’s friend. Our response must be twofold: to mourn those we have lost, and to resolve that each one of us will do everything we can to stop transmission and save lives,” he said. “Vaccines are giving us hope, which is why every life we lose now is even more tragic. We must take heart, take hope and take action.”

(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)