This Terrifying New Statistic Shows How Quickly COVID-19 Is Spreading
The majority of global cases were reported in just the past month.
While many hoped that the coronavirus would run its course after a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading more quickly than ever, and not just in the United States. On Wednesday night, CNN's Jake Tapper reported a disturbing new statistic from the World Health Organization (WHO): More than 60 percent of all global coronavirus cases were reported in just the past month.
Per data from The New York Times, more than 10.7 million cases have been reported across the world, as of July 3. By comparison, in mid-March, the number of global daily new cases was in the ten thousands.
More than 516,000 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus worldwide, but experts believe the actual number is much higher. The Times notes that the worldwide death toll only includes probable deaths for the countries and states that include them in their numbers. The U.S. accounts for more than 128,000 of those deaths—roughly one quarter of all global deaths.
CNN also reported that, per WHO data, 37 states saw their coronavirus case numbers increase by 10 percent or more over the past two weeks, leading some to either pause or roll back their reopening plans. Florida, Texas, Arizona, and California are among the states that have seen all or most bars be shuttered again, in addition to other closures.
Officials from WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other health experts have been especially vocal in the past several days, attempting to underline how dire the situation really is. On Monday, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the press that "the worst is yet to come." And Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, cautioned ominously the same day that the U.S.'s recent spike was "really just the beginning." Both individuals urged not only for citizens to be cautious in their own lives, but for world leaders to cooperate and aggressively respond to the virus's increased spread. And for what's behind some of these rising numbers, This Is Why Coronavirus Is Skyrocketing in the South, Harvard Doctor Says.