According to statistics, of these, more than 6.73 million have died and more than 643 million have recovered so far. It should be noted that in recent days new cases worldwide have been between about 350,000 – 400,000 daily – figures far from previous severe waves of the contagion. In the initial Omicron variant at the beginning of the year, for example, around and above 3 million cases were reported globally, and it was then that the all-time record of 3.847 million per day was reported on January 21, 2022. However, since the beginning of December, it should be noted that the number of infected are increasing, and this is mainly due to the new subvariant XVV.1.5 of Omicron. Scientists have already reported that this is the most contagious strain of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic so far.
There has also been a huge drop in deaths, averaging between 1,500 and 2,000 per day in recent weeks – again a far cry from previous waves, compared to January 21, 2021, at the height of the wave caused by the Alpha variant, which saw a record 16 877 casualties. Close to these data were the subsequent peaks caused by the Delta and Omicron variants. The WHO also admitted that there has been a serious drop in the number of deaths. According to the organization, victims have decreased by 90 percent compared to February of this year, when the Omicron variant was at its peak. And although it is less deadly, it still caused many deaths, as the infected were many times more than in the previous waves.
The leader in terms of the most detected infections remains the United States, where they have already exceeded 103.6 million. In second place in the gloomy statistics is India – there more than 44.6 million people have been infected so far. The third is France with over 39.4 million proven cases. The top ten are completed by Germany, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, and Russia. As for the data on the dead, the United States is also first – so far there have been 1,126,128 victims of the coronavirus, which is more than a sixth of all fatal cases. Brazil is second with over 695,000 dead, and India is third with over 530,000 victims so far. It is followed by Russia, Mexico, Peru, Great Britain, Italy, Indonesia, and France.
The highest number of infections per day according to Worldometers was again reported in Japan – 125,108. Second is the USA with 58,385, it should be noted that this is data for January 17, because due to the time difference, there is no data for Wednesday yet. In third place is South Korea, where 36,908 cases have been reported. However, it should be noted that these data are incomplete, as China already announced in December that it would stop providing up-to-date data on the infected.
The uncertainty surrounding the situation led the WHO director to announce that the data did not reflect the full picture of the country. However, it is clear that the country is firmly at the top of the charts, and the figures are terrifying, possibly surpassing the million daily mark. For example, today it became clear that in Shanghai with 25 million people, about 70 percent of the population is currently infected, which means about 18 million active infections.
Hundreds of millions are infected according to unofficial data, with nearly 90 million infected in Hanan alone. According to experts, the rampant spread of the HVV.1.5 variant, known as Kraken, has put the Chinese health system on the verge of collapse. Due to the terrifying peak of the infection, the European Union recommended the imposition of general measures against travelers from the country. Thus, for another week, the tendency for the pandemic to shift to Asia is confirmed, with Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong being the countries that are often at the forefront of the gloomy statistics. This is also evident from the weekly statistics, where the first two countries are also in the lead.
In Europe, France continues the battle with a new peak of the infection, after having the highest number of new cases every day for weeks. Growth is also observed in the USA, where the new Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 is already gaining strength.
In terms of daily deaths, the USA is in the lead, with 736 deaths reported there. Japan is second with 449 victims, and France is third with 82 deaths per day.
With this indicator, again, the caveat is that this data probably pales in comparison to what is happening in China, but official Beijing does not provide data on what is happening there. In the Balkans, in the latest report, the most infected per day were reported again in Serbia – 963, the country is also in the lead in terms of the number of deaths – 8.
It should be clarified here that even this statistic is not complete, since Turkey, Greece, Romania, and North Macedonia no longer provide up-to-date daily data. As for the number of deaths per million population, Peru remains at the top with 6,488 victims. Bulgaria is second globally in terms of this indicator with 5,574 victims per million population. Followed by Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Georgia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, and Romania – all countries from the former socialist camp.