Washington – Johns Hopkins University reports that the number of infections worldwide with the novel coronavirus has exceeded the two million mark, according to data from the US college in Baltimore on Wednesday morning (local time).
The Sars-CoV-2 virus, which was practically completely unknown until just over three months ago, can trigger the lung disease Covid-19. As a result of the pandemic, more than 128,000 corona deaths have been recorded worldwide, and the number of known infections per country can only be compared to a limited extent due to the different test rates and a high number of unreported cases.
The country’s population size must also be taken into account: According to the absolute numbers, there are most infections at the university, with more than 600,000 cases in the USA, a country with around 330 million inhabitants.
So far, more than 26,000 people have died as a result of an infection. As of Tuesday evening (local time), the university in the United States alone had 2,228 deaths within 24 hours, more than ever before in a day.
Almost 39 people per 100,000 inhabitants died thereafter an infection. In Belgium, there were around 36, in Italy around 35. The USA recorded around 8 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, Germany around 4.
The website of the researchers at Johns Hopkins University is updated regularly with incoming data and therefore shows a higher level of confirmation Infections as the official numbers of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US health authority CDC.