How U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak Compares With Rest of World

Novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. continue to soar, surpassing 4.7 million, including more than 155,400 deaths, according to the latest report Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. currently has the world's highest number of confirmed cases and deaths. The country's latest seven-day moving average of daily new cases and new deaths are both higher than that reported in at least 10 other countries, including Spain, China, Brazil and other parts of Europe and Asia.

However, on Monday President Donald Trump made several claims about the U.S. rankings on COVID-19 figures, including deaths, stating: "The United States is lowest in numerous categories. We're lower than the world, we're lower than Europe," in an interview with Jonathan Swan for Axios.

"And because we do more tests, we have more cases," Trump added.

When Swan noted: "I'm talking about death as a proportion of population. That's where the U.S. is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany," Trump replied: "You can't do that," claiming deaths should be considered as a proportion of cases.

Here we look at the total infections, deaths, daily new cases and daily new deaths reported in the U.S., compared with that of other major countries.

Total infections

Source: Johns Hopkins University (as of Tuesday)

  1. U.S.: 4,713,562 confirmed cases (out of 328.2 million total population)
  2. Brazil: 2,750,318 (out of 211.7 million)
  3. India: 1,855,745 (out of 1.3 billion)
  4. Russia: 854,641 (out of 141.7 million)
  5. U.K.: 307,251 (out of 65.8 million)
  6. Spain: 297,054 (out of 50 million)
  7. Italy: 248,229 (out of 62.4 million)
  8. France: 225,198 (out of 67.8 million)
  9. Germany: 212,111 (out of 80.2 million)
  10. China: 88,099 (out of 1.4 billion)
  11. South Korea: 14,423 (out of 51.8 million)

Total deaths

Source: Johns Hopkins University (as of Tuesday)

  1. U.S.: 155,471
  2. Brazil: 94,655
  3. U.K.: 46,295
  4. India: 38,938
  5. Italy: 35,166
  6. France: 30,268
  7. Spain: 28,472
  8. Russia: 14,327
  9. Germany: 9,161
  10. China: 4,672
  11. South Korea: 301

7-day moving average of daily new cases

Source: Worldometer (latest figures for Monday)

  1. U.S.: 60,953 new cases
  2. India: 53,261
  3. Brazil: 44,027
  4. Russia: 5,449
  5. Spain: 2,610
  6. France: 1,174
  7. U.K.: 787
  8. Germany: 706
  9. Italy: 274
  10. China: 77
  11. South Korea: 31

7-day moving average of daily new deaths

Source: Worldometer (latest figures for Monday)

  1. U.S.: 1,125 new deaths
  2. Brazil: 1,004
  3. India: 789
  4. Russia: 122
  5. U.K.: 64
  6. France: 12
  7. Italy: 8
  8. Spain: 6
  9. Germany: 4
  10. South Korea: 1
  11. China: 0
Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea, May 2020
People wearing face masks walking along a street in the Hongdae district of Seoul in South Korea, pictured on May 10, 2020. Getty Images

More than 18.3 million people globally have been infected since the virus was first reported in Wuhan, China, including over 4.7 million in the U.S. Over 10.9 million globally have reportedly recovered from infection, while over 694,400 have died, as of Tuesday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

The graphics below, provided by Statista, illustrate the spread of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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

Countries with most COVID-19 cases