Highest number of victims in absolute terms
The United States is the country with the most proven infections with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. The number of victims in the country with around 330 million inhabitants is the highest in absolute numbers to date – followed by Brazil with around 166,700 deaths and India with just under 131,000.
In relation to the number of inhabitants, the number of victims is higher in Belgium, Spain and Argentina than in the USA. According to Johns Hopkins, there are 130 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in Belgium, 89 in Spain and 81 in Argentina. In the USA, the figure has so far been 76 people per 100,000 inhabitants, comparable to Italy. In Austria, however, there have so far been 22 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
The Johns Hopkins University website is updated regularly and therefore usually shows a higher level than the official figures from the US health authority CDC. In some cases, the university’s figures were subsequently corrected. The CDC said the number of deaths on Wednesday evening (local time) was around 248,000.
The Sars-CoV-2 pathogen can trigger the disease Covid-19, which can be life-threatening, especially for older or immunocompromised people. Critics accuse incumbent US President Donald Trump of serious negligence in the pandemic. Most recently, Trump commented on the progress made in vaccine development, but not on the dramatic increase in the number of cases. President-elect Joe Biden called for immediate action from the Trump administration. He wants to make fighting the pandemic a priority once he moves into the White House. The inauguration is planned for January 20th.