(Reuters) – The number of coronavirus cases in the world is expected to surpass 30 million on Thursday, according to Reuters, with no signs of a slowdown in the spread of the pandemic.
India is in the spotlight as a recent epicenter, although North and South America together account for nearly half of all cases worldwide.
In recent days, the number of new cases of the disease per day in the world has reached record levels, and the number of deaths has approached 1 million. The official indicator lags behind the real number of deaths given the new coronavirus's two-week incubation period. The number of deaths from COVID-19 significantly exceeds the annual deaths associated with influenza, the upper range of which is estimated at 290,000 to 650,000.
The official number of coronavirus cases in the world is now more than five times the number of serious flu infections reported annually, according to the World Health Organization.
It took 18 days for the number of cases worldwide to rise from 25 million to over 30 million. In 20 days, the number of infections rose from 20 to 25 million, and in 19 days – from 15 to 20 million.
Health experts emphasize that official figures for both infections and deaths are almost certainly underreported, especially in countries with limited testing capacity.
While the trajectory of the coronavirus is still far from the level of the 1918 Spanish flu, which is estimated to have infected about 500 million people, of which at least 10% have died, experts fear that the available data does not show the true scale of the pandemic.
(Link to Reuters interactive chart https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps)
(Jane Wardell, translated by Elizaveta Zhuravleva. Editor Anna Kozlova)