Pandemic approaches 30 million coronavirus cases
GENEVA (Arête News) — Global coronavirus cases neared 30 million with 942,000 deaths on Thursday, a grim milestone showing just four nations — the United States, India, Brazil and Russia — accounting for about half of the pandemic.
The daily case numbers climbed to 29.9 million worldwide, or 3,855 per 1 million people, with 20.3 million who have recovered from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University and Google data trackers.
Mindful of the strain on hospitals and clinics, the World Health Organization called on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and save lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe.”
Four nations with half the infections
The United States, India, Brazil and Russia accounted for 57 percent of the cases and 46 percent of mortality. With 6.6 million cases and 196,000 deaths, the United States has by far the most staggering numbers despite being home to just 4 percent of the world’s 7.8 billion population.
India has 5.1 million cases and 83,000 deaths; Brazil 4.4 million cases and 134,000 deaths; and Russia 1 million and 19,000 deaths.
The overall figures are up from the 25 million coronavirus infections reached just two and a half weeks ago. Those cases were accompanied by 843,000 deaths and 16.4 million recoveries as of August 30.
Doctors, scientists and health officials worldwide says COVID-19 affects different people differently.
Most infected people develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. The most common symptoms are fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath. Less common is a loss of smell, diarrhea and vomiting, and skin problems. Some people are contagious without having symptoms.