It shot up, then it shot down. It’s again shooting up! Yes, it’s the pandemic we are talking about.
COVID-19 has really been a show-stopper, this whole year of 2020! Howsoever, it may have impacted the world, it has certainly given birth to a lot of innovative statistics, a few worth mentioning and another few just exaggerating!
As of November 6, 2020, the World-o-Meter reports that there has been a total reported 49,649,250 Coronavirus cases worldwide with USA, India, and Brazil topping the charts, in terms of ranking. But, is this actually a correct way for visualization and for a matter of fact, upcoming planning?
Nevertheless, USA is topping the charts with 10,058,586 and India following next at 8,460,885, while Brazil at third with 5,632,505, in terms of the total number of Coronavirus cases but can we really consider it a correct the picturization of the actual situation?
Deep diving into the data for the top ten countries, we can preview a different picture altogether.
P.S. Data only 10 top countries as per total number of cases has been considered here. The picture would again be different if data is considered for all the countries worldwide.
In terms of the percentage of population impacted, USA still ranks number 1 with Spain and Argentina following behind. However, in terms of the percentage of new cases, France leads the show and Spain and USA follows behind. And, when we analyze the percentage of Coronavirus deaths, USA ranks 7th! The leaderboard reflects Mexico as the topper with UK and Brazil following behind.
In all the three views, India is at the core bottom!
It’s worth mentioning here that the results above depend upon the tests conducted and India ranks 8th in terms of the tests conducted (83,357 tests per million population) among the Top 10 contributors. The highest number of tests have been conducted by the UK at 523,450 tests per million population; USA and Russia following thereafter at 467,759 and 435,344 tests per million people.
We also need to mention here that data for only 10 top countries as per total number of cases has been considered here. The picture would again be different if data is considered for all the countries worldwide.
As most European countries have reported a revival of the pandemic leading to a second wave, is India too, going to succumb to the wave? The answer to this is probably still not available, however going by the history of second waves, in the event of a repetition of virus spread, the situation would certainly be scary!
Considering economic factors, a second wave would be detrimental to the already crippling economy of the country. Even imposing small lockdowns in impacted areas causes a huge loss in the economic arena, as was evident in the shrinkage caused by the exodus of millions of migrant workers from cities to their villages earlier this year due to the closure of various commercial establishments.
With the festivals coming up, the winters approaching, and the gradual increase of air pollution, it’s wise to keep the masks on, even if your neighborhood now seems safe. Masks also play an important role in the prevention of silicosis and can help control the causes of tuberculosis, asthma, allergy, and other infectious diseases, too.
Whatever be the reality, it’s time for people to be cautious again by just simply following the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the World Health Organization as well as by the government. Time to continue Basic Hygiene, Social Distancing, Mask Up and scare the virus away!
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