Yes, the world has crossed two million COVID-19 cases.
It took seven days to move from 0.5 million to 1.0 million cases, just six days to move from 1.0 million to 1.5 million, and seven days to move from 1.5 million to 2.0 million. That in itself is a good sign, as the growth has slowed down. But the number 2.0 million is not small.
Some of the deadliest pandemics of the last century have been:
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.
LATEST UPDATES (at 00:30 am UTC):
- The global death toll is over 126,600
- USA has over 614,000 cases
- India has reached 11,487 cases and 393 deaths as per covid19india.org
- UK became the 6th country to cross 90,000 cases, Brazil the 14th to cross 25,000 cases, Israel the 18th to cross 12,000 cases and Peru the 23rd to cross 10,000
36 countries have crossed 5,000 cases (up from 16 on March 31)
40 countries have crossed 4,000 cases (up from 29 on April 6)
48 countries have crossed 3,000 cases (up from 30 on April 6)
55 countries have crossed 2,000 (up from 30 on March 31)
74 countries have crossed 1,000 cases (up from 44 on March 31)
- USA became the first country to cross 26,000 deaths and Italy the second to cross 21,000 deaths
- 5 countries have 12,000+ deaths (up from 2 on April 3)
- 10 countries have 2500+ deaths (up from 8 on April 3)
- 14 countries have 1000+ deaths (up from 10 on April 3)
- 16 countries have 500+ deaths (up from 12 on April 3)
- 41 countries have 100+ deaths (up from 23 on April 3)