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How US really ranks globally with COVID-19


The United States has the highest number confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world amid the ongoing global pandemic. 

More than 222,000 Americans have now died from coronavirus and there have been 8.3 million confirmed infections.  

But given the large population of the United States, how does the country’s coronavirus outbreak track when compared to other countries? 

Charts tracking key metrics, including daily cases and deaths per capita, have shed light on where the US sits in the global outbreak. 

The data shows that a greater proportion of the populations in smaller European, Asian and South American countries are now being infected and dying on a daily basis when compared to the US. 

The United States still leads the world with the highest number of total infections, totaling more than 8.3 million

The United States still leads the world with the highest number of total infections, totaling more than 8.3 million

However, when ranking countries per capita - based on total cases per one million people - the US comes in at eighth globally with 25,000 cases per one million

However, when ranking countries per capita – based on total cases per one million people – the US comes in at eighth globally with 25,000 cases per one million

The United States still leads the world with the highest number of total infections, totaling more than 8.3 million.

India’s total infections follow behind with 7.7 million cases and then Brazil with 5.2 million.

Russia’s infections now total 1.4 million, while Argentina’s are at just over 1 million.  

However, when ranking countries per capita – based on total cases per one million people – the US comes in at eighth globally. 

Bahrain in the Middle East has the most COVID-19 infections per capita with more than 46,000 case per one million people. 

In comparison, the US currently has 25,000 cases per capita.   

The US also has the highest death toll globally with more than 222,000 deaths

The US also has the highest death toll globally with more than 222,000 deaths

When basing it per capita, Peru actually has the highest number of deaths with more than 1,000 fatalities per one million people. The US comes in ninth with 671 deaths per one million people

When basing it per capita, Peru actually has the highest number of deaths with more than 1,000 fatalities per one million people. The US comes in ninth with 671 deaths per one million people

In terms of total deaths, Brazil is second behind the US with more than 155,000 fatalities. 

India, which has the second highest case total, follows behind with 116,000 deaths. 

Mexico has recorded more than 87,000 deaths and the UK has had 44,000 fatalities.  

When basing it per capita, Peru actually has the highest number of deaths with more than 1,000 fatalities per one million people.

The US comes in ninth with 671 deaths per one million people.  

Taking into account the numbers alone, the US is still seeing the highest number of coronavirus cases per day with 62,700 infections reported on Wednesday

Taking into account the numbers alone, the US is still seeing the highest number of coronavirus cases per day with 62,700 infections reported on Wednesday

When factoring in new daily per one million people, based on a seven day average, the Czech Republic ranks number one with 928 new cases. The US ranks 24th with 181 cases per capita

When factoring in new daily per one million people, based on a seven day average, the Czech Republic ranks number one with 928 new cases. The US ranks 24th with 181 cases per capita

Taking into account the numbers alone, the US is still seeing the highest number of coronavirus cases per day with 62,700 infections reported on Wednesday.

India follows with 54,000 daily infections and France with 27,000 new cases. The UK reported 26,700 cases on Wednesday. 

However, the rankings of countries based on new cases per day changes when it is compared to the population. 

When factoring in new daily per one million people, based on a seven day average, the Czech Republic ranks number one with 928 new cases. 

The US ranks 24th with 181 cases per capita.  

The daily death toll in the US is also the highest in the world with the latest figures showing that more than 1,100 Americans died from the virus died on Wednesday

The daily death toll in the US is also the highest in the world with the latest figures showing that more than 1,100 Americans died from the virus died on Wednesday

When basing it per capita, Argentina has the highest number of daily deaths with eight per one million. The US, despite having the highest daily toll, ranks 23rd with two deaths per one million people

When basing it per capita, Argentina has the highest number of daily deaths with eight per one million. The US, despite having the highest daily toll, ranks 23rd with two deaths per one million people

The daily death toll in the US is also the highest in the world with the latest figures showing that more than 1,100 Americans died from the virus died on Wednesday. 

India followed with 702 new fatalities and Brazil with 566 deaths. 

When basing it per capita, Argentina has the highest number of daily deaths with eight per one million. 

Czech Republic follows with seven death per one million people. 

The US, despite having the highest daily toll, ranks 23rd with two deaths per one million people.  

The comparison comes as six US states reported record day-over-day increases in COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday as infections rose across the Midwest and elsewhere, prompting new clampdowns on residents, schools and businesses.

Deaths attributed to COVID-19 hit daily records in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Hawaii and Wisconsin. Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Colorado and Ohio reported record daily increases in new infections.

The number of patients in hospitals suffering from the virus hit 40,000 for the first time since August on Wednesday. 

Nationally, cases have been trending higher for five weeks, rising to 60,000 on average over the past seven days from a recent low of 35,000 a day in mid-September.  

The rise in new infections partly reflects stepped-up testing in many states, which has provided a more accurate picture of the spread of the virus.

The US has averaged 734 daily coronavirus deaths over the past seven days, still well below the 2,333 average at the height of the pandemic in April.

The latest outbreak on a per-capita-basis is most severe in the Midwest, where daily case counts hit a record on Monday with over 27,000 new infections reported.

Midwest hospitalizations climbed to 10,830 on Tuesday, hitting a record high for a fifth day in a row and raising fears that medical centers could become overwhelmed like in the early months of the pandemic in the Northeast.  

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