A Milestone Reached: 10,000,000 COVID-19 infections worldwide


For the past three months, I’ve been keeping track of when the number of worldwide infections hit each new half million infected (except for the first listed, of course).  These are not exact times and numbers, but close enough to within the hour and within 500 deaths.

In March, it took roughly six days for each new 500,000 infections.  Now in June, it’s taking less than three days.  Depending on how you view it, the “good” (?) news is that most new infections are limited to four countries: the US, Russia, Brazil and India. The rest of the world pretty much has it under control, even hard hit countries like Ecuador. (China’s real numbers are anyone’s guess. The government’s tallies certainly can’t be believed.)

Please excuse the missed times and numbers on June 21 and 24, things were hectic on those days.

June  27 @ 18:00 UTC: 10,000,000 infected, 498,900 dead
June  24 @ **:** UTC:  9,500,000 infected, 484,900 dead
June  21 @ **:** UTC:  9,000,000 infected
June  18 @ 18:00 UTC:  8,500,000 infected, 455,000 dead
June  15 @ 12:00 UTC:  8,000,000 infected, 436,200 dead
June  11 @ 15:00 UTC:  7,500,000 infected, 420,400 dead
June   7 @ 14:00 UTC:  7,000,000 infected, 403,000 dead
June   3 @ 17:00 UTC:  6,500,000 infected, 384,500 dead
May   29 @ 22:00 UTC:  6,000,000 infected, 366,000 dead
May   25 @ 04:30 UTC:  5,500,000 infected, 346,700 dead
May   20 @ 10:00 UTC:  5,000,000 infected, 325,000 dead
May   14 @ 21:00 UTC:  4,500,000 infected, 302,000 dead
May    8 @ 21:00 UTC:  4,000,000 infected, 275,000 dead
May    3 @ 11:00 UTC:  3,500,000 infected, 245,000 dead
April 27 @ 08:00 UTC:  3,000,000 infected, 207,000 dead
April 21 @ 16:00 UTC:  2,500,000 infected, 174,000 dead
April 15 @ 09:00 UTC:  2,000.000 infected, 126,800 dead
April  8 @ 20:30 UTC:  1,500,000 infected,  87,800 dead
April  2 @ 18:00 UTC:  1,000,000 infected,  51,000 dead
March 26 @ **:** UTC:    500,000 infected,  34,000 dead
March 20 @ **:** UTC:    275,000 infected,  11,400 dead

Other good news: In the first month, the number of dead increased almost 50% each time. The numbers of new dead have decreased roughly every two weeks, from 40,000 in early May down to less than 15,000 in June for every 500,000 new infections. That tells you the hard work of nurses, doctors and other medical workers have paid off. Let’s just hope that effort hasn’t gone to waste.

Comments

  1. says

    As the Orange Twitler said, more testing produces more cases. In the early days test kits were in short supply and many marginal cases were turned away. And it wasn’t just testing, also “excess deaths” of people untested that didn’t get counted. Nowadays there are some drugs that can reduce the severity of some cases, further changing the death rates per infection. I suspect that data analysts will be kept busy for many years rearranging the numbers.

  2. robert79 says

    So is the “infected” number the
    – number of new infections that time period? (not including the infected from the previous time period)
    – the amount of people that time period that are currently sick/infectious? (but not including those that are dead/recovered, different tests measure different things)
    – the total amount of people that have been infected (including dead/recovered)

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