As of July 6, 2020, 11 A.M. CEST, the World Health Organization has recorded a total of 11,301,850 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 531,806 deaths worldwide. A 24-hour spike of 212,326 in global cases was also confirmed, and Americans are to blame for approximately a quarter of it.
Situation in America
The U.S. remains in the top spot of most number of coronavirus cases to date. Europe comes in second, but the numbers aren’t even close. The ranking is not likely to change anytime soon, considering the recent Fourth of July celebrations that violated COVID-19 prevention measures.
57,718 new confirmed cases and 661 deaths greeted the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention following Fourth of July activities. 11,458 of these cases were in Florida, where despite of the cautionary measures imposed by the local government, people still disobeyed. In Diamond Lake, Southern Michigan, a huge crowd gathered in celebration, blatantly neglecting health protocols amid the raging pandemic. A water theme park in Wisconsin also opened their doors to the public for the July 4th weekend, resulting in massive flow of people.
With this, a number of US states have implemented more strict rules to cope with the rising number of cases. New Jersey initiated the move - cancelling the original plan to gradually reopen some establishments and restaurants supposedly the week after the 4th of July. Other states such as Florida, Texas, and California followed suit.
Hospitals in the most affected states are also struggling to manage the drastic increase in admitted patients. Reports say that only 21 percent of the total number of cases can be catered by the available health care facilities despite the full workforce being applied.
Situation in other parts of the world
Recent reports in Brazil confirmed 37,923 new cases, along with more than a thousand deaths. Overall, the country has almost 2 million cases and 64,265 deaths.
India also experienced an increase in cases, specifically 24,850 new ones reported last Sunday, July 5. This brings the country’s total record to 673,165 confirmed cases - placing it on the fourth spot in global ranking.
Reports of second wave have been starting to circulate. Lockdown is being imposed once again in selected areas in China, Spain, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Cases have also surged in countries that loosened their quarantine measures to resume economic activity. As a result, the Philippines suffered 2,434 confirmed new cases - the country’s highest count in a span of 24 hours - bringing the overall case count to 46,333.
On the bright side, other nations are well on their way to recovery, having competently dealt with the crisis and managed to contain their cases by immediate and effective action. An excellent example would be New Zealand, which is now enjoying their return to an almost-normal daily living with a 98% recovery rate, the highest one to date.