The scale of coronavirus deaths

The scale of coronavirus deaths

U.S. fatalities from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, another grim milestone for the global pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 950,000 people globally.


A 61-year-old man in Wuhan, China, dies from a respiratory illness believed to be caused by the new virus.

A second person, a 69-year-old man, dies in Wuhan, China.

More than 300 coronavirus patients have now died. All in China.

A 39-year-old dies in Hong Kong, the first COVID-19 death reported outside mainland China.

France reports its first death as the virus makes its way west. This is still only the second death outside mainland China.

Deaths pass 3,000, according to a Reuters tally. Most of these are in mainland China but many other countries start to report deaths, including Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan.

Total deaths pass 10,000 and daily fatalities climb above a thousand for the first time. Deaths start to mount in Iran, France, Spain and Italy, all dealing with major outbreaks and deaths in the hundreds per day.

Now deaths are climbing by the thousands each day. By the end of March, more than 42,000 have lost their lives worldwide. The U.S. and Britain are now among the countries with surging death tolls.

Only 10 days later, that death toll more than doubles to over 100,000 worldwide according to a Reuters tally. Many of the recent fatalities are in the U.S.

Death tolls continue to grow with fatalities reported in 165 countries so far.

Eight days later, the death toll rises by another 50,000. During that week, more than 6,000 people die each day

Global deaths exceed the quarter-million mark, most of which are in Europe.

After another three weeks, almost 100,000 deaths are added to the total.

Deaths continue to climb at a rate of around 4,000 per day.

The global tally surpasses the half-million mark. Here’s what that looks like when stacked together.

Deaths surpass 650,000 and the U.S. death toll hits 150,000.

Worldwide coronavirus deaths stand at more than 950,000 globally. The U.S. death toll hits 200,000, making it the country with the most deaths by far.

The stacks of caskets visualised here would reach 12 metres tall, the height of a four-story building. This is just one of 13 rows that would be created by the more than 950,000 COVID fatalities to date.

Cases surging

At over nine months into the pandemic, the death toll continues to grow and cases are surging again in Europe and the United States and climbing ever higher in India.

European countries from Denmark to Greece have announced new restrictions to curb outbreaks, while Britain is considering a new national lockdown. Intensive care admissions and deaths have also begun to tick up, especially in Spain and France.

The United States continues to move ahead with reopening schools and businesses, despite cases beginning to rise again. The pandemic is no longer focused on one or two epicenters. Instead it is smoldering across all states, raising fears that when colder weather forces more people inside, infections could surge beyond the peak set this summer.

A surge in cases usually precedes a rise in deaths by a couple of weeks.

On Sept. 22, the United States lost over 200,000 lives and India, the country reporting the second-highest number of cases in the world, was approaching 100,000 deaths.

Reported deaths as of September 21, 2020

More than 667,500 of all the deaths are in these nine countries. That’s almost seven out of 10 fatalities.

Spain

30,495

France

31,249

Rest of the world 321,193

Peru

31,369

Italy

35,707

UK

41,732

Mexico

73,258

India

87,882

Brazil

136,532

U.S. Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

Accounts for around 21% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths with 199,296

Rest of the world 321,193

Spain

30,495

France

31,249

Peru

31,369

Italy

35,707

UK

41,732

Mexico

73,258

India

87,882

Brazil

136,532

U.S. Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

Accounts for around 21% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths with 199,296

Spain

30,495

Rest of the world 321,193

France

31,249

Peru

31,369

Italy

35,707

UK

41,732

Mexico

73,258

India

87,882

Brazil

136,532

U.S. Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

Accounts for around 21% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths with 199,296

Rest of the world 321,193

Spain

30,495

France

31,249

Peru

31,369

Italy

35,707

UK

41,732

Mexico

73,258

India

87,882

Brazil

136,532

U.S.

Accounts for around 21% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths with 199,296

Rest of the world 321,193

Spain

30,495

France

31,249

Peru

31,369

Italy

35,707

UK

41,732

Mexico

73,258

India

87,882

U.S.

Brazil

136,532

Accounts for around 21% of the world’s COVID-19 deaths with 199,296

The World Health Organization says the pandemic has reached a critical tipping point.

As some countries open up, cases and deaths are starting to spike and health officials are worried hospitals could be overwhelmed. “This is a critical moment for countries and we ask leaders to put targeted measures in place that we know can suppress the spread and ensure that health systems and workers are protected,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said recently.

Note:

Data as of 0400 GMT, Sept. 21.
Volume calculations based on casket size of 180cm length, 62cm height, 70cm width.

Sources:

Local state agencies; Local media; Reuters Research

By:

Marco Hernandez and Simon Scarr | REUTERS GRAPHICS

Editing by:

Lisa Shumaker