US Still Has the Lowest Per-Capita Coronavirus Rate of the 10 Countries With Most Cases Reported

By Patrick Goodenough | March 6, 2020 | 4:00am EST
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and coronavirus taskforce members Anthony Fauci of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and CDC Director Robert Redfield. (Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and coronavirus taskforce members Anthony Fauci of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and CDC Director Robert Redfield. (Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Of the ten countries that have reported more than 100 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus each, the United States as of Thursday continues to have the smallest number – by a significant margin – in proportion to its national population.

The ten countries that are reporting more than 100 confirmed cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 are:  China (80,523 cases), South Korea (5,766), Italy (3,089), Iran (2,922), Japan (317), France (282), Germany (262), Spain (198), the United States (129), and Singapore (110).

These are the figures reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of Thursday, and are only those confirmed by health authorities.

(Graph: CNSNews.com / Data: WHO, CIA World Fact Book)
(Graph: CNSNews.com / Data: WHO, CIA World Fact Book)

Many others may be carrying the coronavirus without their knowledge, because they have no respiratory symptoms or minimal respiratory symptoms, and/or have not been tested. Data from China found that in about 80 percent of the cases there, symptoms were mild.

But when taking into account the WHO-provided numbers of confirmed cases, the per capita infection rate in the United States is 0.0000388 percent. (The CIA World Fact book estimates the U.S. population at 332,639,102.)

That is almost eight times smaller than the next highest per capita infection rate – Japan’s 0.0002526 percent.

At the other end of the scale is South Korea, whose 5,766 confirmed cases account for 0.0111237 percent of its population of 51.8 million people.

Next comes China – where the outbreak was first detected in the city of Wuhan late last year – with a 0.0057763 percentage rate, followed by Italy at 0.0049501 percent and Iran at 0.0034408 percent.





 

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