Trying to make sense of a pandemic can be intimidating, especially when it is in the middle of an “infodemia”. The coronavirus pandemic, or Covid-19, seems to be a tragedy that is unfolding quickly, and the barrage of information disseminated daily makes it difficult to measure its extent.
These five data trends will keep you informed and help you better understand the crisis:
# 1. Only four countries account for more than half of Covid-19 cases worldwide
As the situation gradually worsened, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide increased to 577,531 on March 27 (at 11:00 p.m.). The United States has overtaken China to become the country most affected by the number of cases in the world. The United States and China, and the other two most affected countries – Italy and Spain – together accounted for 326,322 cases, or 56.5% of the world total.
These four nations are home to a quarter of the world’s population and control two-fifths of the global economy, taking into account their share of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP). While China alone accounts for a fifth of the world’s population, the United States accounts for almost 25% of global GDP
# 2. The impact of Covid-19 is the deadliest in Italy and Spain
Italy and Spain were the most affected by Covid-19, not only in absolute number of cases but also in number of deaths. According to figures from March 27 (from 11 p.m.), the number of deaths in Italy and Spain was 9,134 and 4,934 respectively. Taking into account their population, these deaths translate into 151 for one million inhabitants in Italy and 106 per million in Spain. The two other countries most affected in terms of lives lost after Spain (excluding China, where the virus originated) are Iran (2,378) and France (1,696).
# 3. Is Turkey another Italy in the making?
Turkey only registered its first case of coronavirus on March 11, but the number of cases and deaths has increased rapidly since then. As of March 27 (11:00 p.m.), Turkey had registered 5,698 cases, with more than 2,000 new cases in a single day, and the number of deaths in the country due to Covid-19 was 92. As of rhythm, Turkey double Cases infected with Covid-19 every day. In comparison, the number of Covid-19 cases in India doubles every 3.5 days.
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# 4: US still lagging behind in Covid-19 testing
The United States, which has overtaken China to become the country most affected by Covid-19 by the number of cases, is still far behind in terms of the number of tests performed. The United States has so far performed 313 tests per million people. In comparison, the same ratio for China and Italy amounts to more than 2,800 and 3,499 tests per million inhabitants. India currently has 18 tests per million people, according to the latest data available as of March 27.
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# 5 In South India, this district has a Covid-19 positive every two km2
Kerala is now the state most affected by coronaviruses in India. As of March 27, he had registered 129 cases, including 45 registered in a single district – Kasargod. On Friday alone, the state saw 39 new Covid-19 cases, including 34 in this district alone. One of the 14 districts of Kerala and having a population of approximately 1.3 million inhabitants, Kasaragod has been completely blocked since March 21.