One Million Coronavirus Cases

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Like I predicted in my earlier post today, the total number of COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 / 2019-nCoV / Coronavirus cases have crossed 1,000,000 (one million) and the number of deaths have crossed 51,000.

USA has reported more than 21,000 new cases in the last 7 hours and now has 236,000+ cases, almost one out of four cases worldwide. The country will definitely cross a quarter of a million (250,000) cases tomorrow. The number of deaths in USA is now almost 5,800. Almost 40% of the total cases in USA are in New York State, while about 11% are in neighbouring New Jersey state.

Germany has reported almost 6,000 new cases and Italy almost 5,000. Germany has crossed China in the number of cases, as I wrote just a couple of hours ago.

UK crossed 30,000 cases today and is at almost 34,000 cases now. Switzerland is fast inching towards 20,000 cases. Canada has become the 14th country with 11,000+ cases, and South Korea is just 24 cases short of 10,000. Brazil has become the 17th country with 7000+ cases.

India is now the 32nd country with 2500+ cases, and the Tabligi Jamaat is responsible for almost 20% of these cases. Croatia has become the 51st country with 1000+ cases. As many as 69 countries now have 500+ cases. A total of 204 countries and territories, plus two cruise ships, are affected by COVID-19.

Who would have thought just 10 days ago?

SPANISH FLU (1918-20) infected 500 million people, about a quarter of the world’s population at the time. The death toll was anywhere from 40 million to 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

AIDS (1981-present), which peaked between the years 2005 and 2012, has claimed an estimated 30-36 million lives in the past 39 years.

ASIAN FLU (1957-58), which had its roots in China, resulted in 1 to 2 million deaths worldwide, with 116,000 in the USA alone.

HONG KONG FLU (1968-70), caused by an H3N2 strain of the influenza A virus, caused about 1 million deaths, including about 100,000 in USA alone.

The H1N1 SWINE FLU (2009-2010), which originated in Mexico, infected as many as 700 million to 1.4 billion people across the globe (10.2 to 20.4% of the then population) and killed between 200,000 and 284,000 people.

Though the Coronavirus Pandemic is unlikely to reach anywhere close to the infection or death count of the Spanish Flu, AIDS, the Asian Flu, or the Hong Kong Flu, it is definitely going to cross the H1N1 Swine Flu of 2009-2010 in terms of the number of deaths.


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