The overall number of novel coronavirus cases, registered worldwide since the start of the pandemic, has exceeded 100 million, or 1.3% of the Earth's population, according to TASS calculations based on data from governments, experts and media.
By now, a total of 100,000,739 cases of the virus have been registered worldwide. The global death toll currently stands at 2,149,288, which amounts to 2.15% of all cases.
The 25-million benchmark was crossed on August 30, the 30-million - on November 8, the 75-million - on December 18, TASS reports.
The number of recoveries currently stands at approximately 55%, while the number of active cases at the moment is estimated at no less than 25.6 million people. However, the actual figure might be way higher, because many countries do not publish relevant statistics.
The average daily number of new cases registered globally, which stood at 250,000 this August, has already risen to about 700,000-750,000. In the past seven days, the figure stood at approximately 620,000.
Highest infection rates and mortality
About one quarter of all cases - or 25.4 million - have been registered in the United States. India is the second hardest-hit country with 10.7 million cases, followed by Brazil (8.9 million), Russia (3.76 million) and the United Kingdom (3.69 million).
The highest percentage of cases was registered in countries with relatively small population, such as Andorra, where 12.3% of the population - or 9,596 people - have already contracted the virus. The relative number of cases is also high in Montenegro (59,262 or 9.5% of the population), Czech Republic (8.9% of the population or 946,946 cases). In the United States, a total of 7.6% of residents have already been diagnosed with coronavirus. Russia’s percentage of coronavirus cases is estimated at 2.55%.
The biggest number of COVID-19 fatalities was reported by the United States (423,000), Brazil (218,000) and India (154,000). The highest COVID-19 fatality rate was reported in Yemen (29.04%), Mexico (8.48%) and Syria (6,5%).
Johns Hopkins estimates
The US-based Johns Hopkins University, which carries out its own calculations based on data from international organizations, national and local authorities, also reported on Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases worldwide had surpassed 100 million.
According to its estimates, the overall number of coronavirus cases all over the world currently stands at 100,032,461, including 2,149,385 fatalities. The majority of cases was registered in the United States (25,335,606), followed by India (10,676,838) and Brazil (8,871,393).
In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.
To date, 3,756,931 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 3,174,561 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 70,482 fatalities nationwide.