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#Chinese travelers at a railway station in #Beijing, #China, wear face masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus on #Jan. 21, 2020. The virus was first identified in #Wuhan, #China, in #Dec. 2019, and since then has quickly spread worldwide.

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#Chinese travelers at a railway station in #Beijing, #China, wear face masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus on #Jan. 21, 2020. The virus was first identified in #Wuhan, #China, in #Dec. 2019, and since then has quickly spread worldwide.

#Kevin #Frayer/Getty #Images

#Exactly one year ago today, the #World #Health #Organization first learned of a cluster of a few dozen pneumonia cases in #Wuhan, #China of “unknown” origin. The cause, of course, would turn out to be the coronavirus behind the current pandemic. #Here’s a by-the-numbers summary of the toll the virus has taken on countries across the globe since that fateful day.

#China quickly turns the corner

#For the first two months of the pandemic nearly all reported cases were in #China. #But after a massive lockdown in #Wuhan and other provinces, #China quickly turned the corner. #Today it has one of the world’s lowest casualty figures — with less than 100,000 reported cases and less than 5,000 deaths, according to statistics maintained by #Johns #Hopkins #University.

#About #Goats and #Soda

#Goats and #Soda is NPR’s global health and development blog. #We tell stories of life in our changing world, focusing on low- and middle-income countries. #And we keep in mind that we’re all neighbors in this global village. #Sign up for our weekly newsletter. #Learn more about our team and coverage.

The U.S. is worst hit by multiple measures

#Yet even as #China gained control over its outbreak, the virus was spreading exponentially in countries on every continent of the planet. #And nowhere has the toll been more severe than in the #United #States. #Today the U.S. ranks highest when it comes to both its total reported case count of 19.7 million and its death toll of more than 342,000. #Even when countries are ranked by reported cases as a percentage of their population, the U.S. ranks in the top five. #And the U.S. also currently has the highest number of daily new reported cases and daily new deaths.

#Other hard-hit nations

#When considered in purely numerical terms, other hard-hit countries include #India with 10.3 million reported cases, #Brazil with 7.6 million, #Russia with 3.1 million, #France with 2.7 million, the #United #Kingdom with 2.4 million, #Turkey with 2.2 million, #Italy with 2.1 million, #Spain with 1.9 million and #Germany with 1.6 million. #Practically all of these countries also rank in the top 10 on the number of deaths. #Brazil, for instance, has had more than 193,000, #India more than 148,000. #And practically all are currently seeing the world’s highest numbers of new reported cases and deaths.

#Regional pain

#Several countries that don’t make it into the top 10 tallies of cases and deaths still bear mentioning. #In the #Americas for instance, #Colombia and #Argentina now have about 1.6 million reported cases a piece. #Mexico, with 1.4 million, is close behind. #And #Mexico also has one of the world’s highest death tolls — with nearly 125,000 lives lost to date. #In the #Middle #East, #Iran has fared particularly poorly — with about 1.2 million cases and more than 55,000 deaths. #And while it seemed for a time that #African countries might escape the brunt of the pandemic, #South #Africa has now seen its total case count surpass 1 million.

#Outsized impact

Then there are nations where the case and death counts don’t look as serious — until they are considered as a share of the population. #Countries where the virus has wrought this outsized impact include the #Czech #Republic, #Belgium, #Panama and #Slovenia, where the caseload per capita ranges from 5,000 to 6,000 per 100,000 people — as well as, when it comes to deaths per capita, #Peru, where 116 people per 100,000 have died.

#Countries that show the coronavirus can be contained

#China is not the only nation that showed the coronavirus can be contained. #Other standouts include #South #Korea, with about 60,000 cases and 900 deaths, and #Vietnam, with 1,465 cases and just 35 deaths.



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https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/12/31/952378157/by-the-numbers-the-year-in-the-pandemic

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