SINCE Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (Covid-19), leaped out of China in 2020, it has infected some 220 million people in over 210 countries and territories, with no plans of slowing down.
More transmissible variants have prolonged Sars-CoV-2’s shelf life, sending Covid-19 cases surging in the Philippines again since July, and sending daily cases to a new record of 22,366 on Aug. 30, 2021.
On Saturday, Sept. 4, the Department of Health listed 20,741 new cases and 189 additional deaths, bringing the cumulative case count to 2,061,084, of which 157,646 were active cases and 34,062 were deaths.
As of Sept. 2, the Philippines ranked 20th in the world in number of Covid-19 cases, according to Our World in Data, citing Johns Hopkins University’s figures on coronavirus disease cases and deaths. This places the Philippines within the top decile in terms of absolute number of cases.
When it comes to total cases per million people, however, the Philippines was far down the line at 109th place with its 18,190 cases per million people, well below the global average of 27,820 cases per million people.
This means its leaders did relatively better than those of other, mostly smaller, countries in controlling the spread of Covid-19 through their populations.
The Philippines is the 13th most populous nation in the world with its over 109 million inhabitants, according to Worldometer.
Topping the list of total Covid-19 cases was the United States with 39.55 million cases, followed by India with 32.90 million cases, and Brazil with 20.83 million cases. Together, these three countries accounted for 42 percent, or nearly half, of all Covid-19 cases worldwide.
China, the most populous nation on earth, and where it all began, was not even in the top 100. With its rapid response to any new cases, high testing and tracing capabilities, and ability to impose and enforce quick and widespread lockdowns, it placed just 110th with its 95,020 reported cases.
Twenty months since it emerged, Sars-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) has not only infected millions of people, it has also killed 4.54 million of these people, some 33,680 of them in the Philippines as of Sept. 2.
The Philippines placed 22nd worldwide in terms of total number of deaths from Covid-19 with its 33,680 deaths as of Sept. 2.
But in terms of deaths per million, it ranked 100th with 303.30 deaths per million people, which was below the global average of 576.69 deaths per million people.
The same three countries that topped the list of Covid-19 cases also topped the list of deaths.
The United States accounted for 643,670 deaths; Brazil, 581,910; and India, 439,890 deaths. Together, they made up more than a third of all Covid-19 deaths worldwide.
Considering their population, the United States and Brazil also made it to the top 20 listing of most deadly places to get the disease, as the US ranked 13th with its 1,930 deaths per million inhabitants, while Brazil did even worse, ranking eighth with its 2,720 deaths per million inhabitants.
The deadliest place to be, however, was Peru, which had 5,950 deaths per million inhabitants, or more than double Brazil’s figures. (CTL, SunStar Philippines)