Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 11 July, 2021


It has been a relatively quiet Friday/Saturday/Sunday for Covid news – although part of the “quietness” is perhaps my feeling a bit saturated with repeating and repetitive stories about surging numbers of new cases all around the US and world, which I’ll spare you from.

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Current Numbers

There were no changes at all to the minor country list.  In the major country list, Portugal jumped two places, while France had a matching fall of two places.

Argentina rose two places on the death list.  The UK is starting to register higher death numbers, but the US is still catching up, albeit at a glacial rate.

The list of countries with the most countries per million people in the last week showed, as always, some large changes.  Of greatest relevance for many of us will be the continued rise of the UK (now up to fifth place) and the Netherlands appearing on the list too.  The Netherlands has the third highest increase in cases over the last week of any country in the world (a truly stunning 574% rise, from 5,835 cases last week to 39,332 this week).

The UK’s increase, by comparison, was a positively pedestrian 28%, and we in the US rose by about 25% (I have to guess a bit because many states haven’t reported case numbers for either Saturday or Sunday).

Other European countries are also experiencing strong rises in cases.  Ireland is 18% up, Spain 22%, Iceland 24%, Portugal 30%, Germany 32%, Italy 52%, France 63%, Belgium 82% and Austria 84%, while Greece is also in the triple figures, with a 141% rise.

The world as a whole reported an 11% increase in cases over the last week.

Top Case Rates Minor (population under 10 million) Countries (cases per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Andorra (179,845)Andorra (181,866)
2Seychelles (160,236)Seychelles (168,524)
5San MarinoSan Marino
7Gibraltar  (129,628)Gibraltar  (131,528)
10Uruguay (106,921)Uruguay (108,024)


Top Case Rates Major (population over 10 million) Countries (cases per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Czech Republic (155,461)Czech Republic (155,587)
2Sweden (107,342)Sweden
3USA (103,895)USA (104,305)
4Argentina (99,434)Argentina (101,883)
5NetherlandsNetherlands  (100,644)
10Colombia (84,594)Colombia (87,716)
12Chile (81,415)Chile (82,320)


Top Death Rate Major Countries (deaths per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Peru  (5,775)Peru  (5,809)
2Czech Republic (2,825)Czech Republic (2,827)
4BelgiumColombia (2,193)
5Colombia (2,117)Argentina
8Poland (1,986)Poland (1,988)
9UK (1,879)UK (1,882)
10USA (1,866)USA (1,870)


Top Rates in New Cases Reported in the Last Week (new cases per million) for Countries over one million population

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Mongolia  4,673Cyprus  5,138
2Namibia  4,251Tunisia  4,519
5ArgentinaUK  3,201
8UK  2,514Kuwait
10South AfricaNetherlands
11UruguaySouth Africa
12Cuba  1,934Georgia  2,036


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