The 10 Countries Most Affected by Coronavirus: Where Does the U.S. Rank?

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What countries have the highest rates of coronavirus? The U.S. is at the very top. 

Countries with the highest number of coronavirus cases

  1. U.S. with 2,998,177 cases and 131,521 deaths
  2. Brazil with 1,668,589 cases and 66,741 deaths
  3. India with 742,417 cases and 20,642 deaths
  4. Russia with 699,749 cases and 10,650 deaths
  5. Peru with 309,278 cases and 10,952 deaths
  6. Chile with 301,019 cases and 6,434 deaths
  7. UK with 286,349 cases and 44,391 deaths
  8. Mexico with 268,008 cases and 32,014 deaths
  9. Spain with 252,130 cases and 28,392 deaths
  10. Iran with 248,379 cases and 12,084 deaths

The Guardian and Johns Hopkins University share the following graph showing the confirmed cases in selected countries:

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There is another metric that determines the number of new infections per day in each country, which gives us a slightly different list, indicating where the virus is currently spreading the most:

Countries with the highest rates of new positive cases per day

  1. U.S. with 51,619 
  2. Brazil with 30,528
  3. India with 23,084
  4. South Africa with 9,293
  5. Russia with 6,550
  6. Mexico with 5,281
  7. Pakistan with 4,069
  8. Saudi Arabia with 3,726
  9. Colombia with 3,496
  10. Peru with 3,399

U.S. fatality rate

The death rate in the U.S. is the sixth highest in the world at 4.5 percent. Fatalities in the U.S. are more than twice as high as the country with the second-highest death toll, Brazil. In addition, the U.S. ranks second after the UK in the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people. 

A new study from the University of Washington estimates the death rate for Americans who show symptoms to be about 1.3 percent. While that is lower than expected, it is still 13 times higher than the flu’s death rate of 0.1 percent.

COVID-19 fatality rate

“COVID death totals will be much, much greater than the flu,” Andrew Noymer, associate professor of public health at UC Irvine and an expert in flu pandemics, told The San Jose Mercury News.

The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, estimates the death rate of COVID-19 to be about 2 percent, while the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 3.4 percent.

Overall, it is difficult to say exactly how deadly the novel coronavirus is, since there are still many cases undetected and rates of testing are different everywhere.

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