Over 1 Million Coronavirus Patients Have Recovered Around the World

The global pandemic has seen more than 1,056,300 patients recover from COVID-19, with the U.S. reporting the highest number of recoveries in the world, as of Saturday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

There are now over four times more reported recoveries around the world than confirmed deaths, with the latest global death toll at nearly 238,800.

Over 164,000 have reportedly recovered in the U.S., the current epicenter of the outbreak, which is nearly 15 percent of its confirmed infected population.

The official number of recoveries in the U.S. has yet to be released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A CDC spokesperson previously told Newsweek in late March that it does not "have the current numbers for recovered patients at this time, and CDC has not included this data in our ongoing case counts as of yet" but the CDC "may put it [the data on recoveries] together in the future."

Germany has the second-highest number of recovered patients, with 129,000 recoveries, which is around 79 percent of its confirmed infected population. The number of active cases (those in hospital or recovering at home) in the country has been declining after reaching its peak on April 6 when it had over 72,000 active cases.

Spain, which has the second-highest number of cases in the world, has seen more than half (nearly 53 percent) of its confirmed infected population recover, with over 112,000 recoveries. Earlier this week on Wednesday, Spain saw a record number of 6,399 recoveries in a day, the highest number of daily recoveries since the outbreak began, Spain's Ministry of Health confirmed.

Spain was followed by China, which reported 78,581 recovered patients, nearly 94 percent of its confirmed cases. Doubts around China's virus figures have been raised for weeks, including last month when over 900 novel coronavirus cases appeared to have been wrongly counted as recoveries in Wuhan, the city where the virus was first reported.

China's cases were said to have been "mistakenly reported," sometimes reported more than once or missed entirely, with the country's health care system overwhelmed in the wake of the outbreak. A lack of testing capacity also left some cases unaccounted for, according to a statement last month from China's National Health Commission.

"Medical workers at some facilities might have been preoccupied with saving lives and there existed delayed reporting, underreporting or misreporting, but there has never been any cover-up and we do not allow cover-ups," said a spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry Information Department, Zhao Lijian, at a press briefing in Beijing last month.

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This photo taken on March 23, 2020 shows residents cheering as members of a medical assistance team from Chongqing depart after helping with the COVID-19 virus recovery effort in Yunmeng county, in Xiaogan city in China's central Hubei province. Getty Images

Following China, Italy also joined the top five countries with the highest number of reported recovered patients, with more than 78,200 recoveries to date.

Italy has seen signs of relief in recent days, with the number of active cases starting to drop from around April 21. The number of daily new cases and the daily death toll have also been mostly declining through April, according to figures from the Italian Ministry of Health.

The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China. More than 3.3 million have been infected across at least 187 countries and regions to date.

Top 10 countries with the most recoveries

(as of May 2)

  1. U.S. (at least 164,015)
  2. Germany (at least 129,000)
  3. Spain (at least 112,050)
  4. China (at least 78,581)
  5. Italy (at least 78,249)
  6. Iran (at least 76,318)
  7. Turkey (at least 53,808)
  8. France (at least 51,124)
  9. Brazil (at least 38,039)
  10. Switzerland (at least 23,900)

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates countries with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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A graph showing the countries with the most known COVID-19 cases. Statista

Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advice on Using Face Coverings to Slow Spread of COVID-19

  • CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • A simple cloth face covering can help slow the spread of the virus by those infected and by those who do not exhibit symptoms.
  • Cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items. Guides are offered by the CDC. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html)
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. A washing machine will suffice.
  • Practice safe removal of face coverings by not touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash hands immediately after removing the covering.

World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Hygiene advice

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
  • Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.

Medical advice

  • Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
  • If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
  • Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.

Mask and glove usage

  • Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
  • Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
  • Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
  • Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
  • Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
  • Do not reuse single-use masks.
  • Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
  • The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.