The United States of America (USA) – the world’s third largest country with a population of 329.065 million, or 4.266% of the world’s population, now has almost 28% of the world’s total Coronavirus cases.
Yes, USA has become the first country in the world to cross 400,000 COVID-19 cases a few minutes ago, as I had predicted in my post a little over two hours ago. USA has 400,335 Coronavirus cases, which is more than the combined total of 386,597 in the next three countries (Spain, Italy and Germany). The death count is 12,841.
The State of New York, USA’s fourth largest state by population, with about 19.454 million people (5.9% of USA’s population), and the 27th largest by geographical area, with just 1.43% of the country’s area, now has 142,384 Coronavirus cases, more than any other country. The death count is 5,558, which is higher than the death count of all countries except Italy, Spain, France, and UK. Combined with the two neighbouring states of New Jersey and Connecticut (the three are commonly referred to as the “Tri-state Area”), there are 194,581 cases, 37.1% more than Spain, the country with the second highest number of cases after the USA. The combined death count of the Tri-state Area is 7,073, which is lower than only three countries outside of the US (Italy, Spain, and France). New Jersey alone has 44,416 cases, more than the count in all but 7 countries excluding USA.
New York City (not the capital of the state), USA’s largest city and the world’s 38th largest, alone has over 77,000 cases, which is just less than 5 countries excluding USA.
It is surprising that the world’s most advanced country, which spends 16.9% of GDP as public expenditure on health (by far the highest in the world), not only has the highest absolute number of cases, but is No.8 in terms of “Incidence Rate“. Despite such a high expenditure on healthcare, America has only tested 5,962 people per million residents, compared to 18,915 in Switzerland, 18,187 (est.) in Spain, 16,631 (est.) in Germany, 12,868 in Austria, 12,328 in Australia, 11,920 in Italy, and 9,318 per million in South Korea.
Is President Donald Trump to blame, or Governors of states, or Mayors of cities, or the citizens themselves, for not taking enough precautions such as a National Lockdown?
Read my earlier post “IS CORONAVIRUS ON ITS WAY OUT?”
LATEST UPDATES (at 1:30 am UTC):
- The world now has over 1.431 million cases
- The global death toll has crossed 82,000
- India has 5,351 cases and 160 deaths as per covid19india.org
- France became the fifth country (after USA, Spain, Italy and Germany) to cross 100,000 cases and overtook Germany, which had crossed 100,000 on April 6
- Turkey became the 9th country with over 34,000 cases, Canada the 13th with over 17,500 cases, Denmark and Czechia the 26th and 27th with over 5,000 cases, Qatar the 45th with over 2,000 cases and Moldova the 62nd with over 1,000 cases
- Spain became the second country with over 14,000 deaths, France the 4th with over 10,000 deaths, UK the 5th with over 6,000 deaths, Belgium and Germany the 9th and 10th with over 2,000 deaths
- 14 countries have 500+ deaths (up from 13 on April 3)
- 29 countries have 100+ deaths (up from 23 on April 3)