The US becomes the first country in the world to ‘officially’ hit 100 million Covid cases

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The US becomes first country in the world to officially hit 100 MILLION Covid cases – amid reports China alone suffered 250 million last month

  • The latest data shows cumulative U.S. cases hit nine digits on Dec. 21
  • India has the second highest number of infections, but much lower at 44 million
  • The raw case number does not account for population – which would make the US 58th

America has become the first country to officially reach the milestone of 100 million Covid infections – which is probably a huge underestimate.

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows cumulative U.S. cases hit nine digits on Dec. 21.

India has the second highest number of infections with just 44 million, according to the research database OurWorldInData, followed by France with 39 million.

But the raw number of cases does not take population size into account. If that is factored in, the US ranks only 58th globally.

The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the cumulative number of cases in the US hit nine digits on Dec. 21. India has the second highest number of infections with just 44 million, according to research database OurWorldInData, followed by France with 39 million

Comparing Covid cases between countries is difficult due to different approaches to testing and data collection.

China alone has conducted more tests than the US – about 9 billion and 900 million, respectively.

But Beijing and places like Russia have been accused of withholding case numbers to mask that authoritarian regimes have struggled to contain outbreaks.

Up to 250 million people have been affected by Covid in China in the first 20 days of December after the country abruptly reversed its controversial zero-Covid policy.

Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist and chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, said reaching 100 million cases in the US was an important moment.

But he added that it was probably a serious undercount because of the huge proportions of Americans who are not testing or are asymptomatic.

Dr. Brownstein told TSTIME: “Obviously it’s a milestone that indicates the massive amount of transmission that’s happened around this virus and the population burden we’ve been dealing with.

“At the same time, we recognize that the reported cases are definitely a huge undercount — from the beginning of the pandemic, when testing was non-existent, to the shift to home testing, where a significant proportion of cases went unreported.

“I think we know that a large majority of the population is already infected with COVID,” Brownstein said. “And so this number only represents a fraction of all cases. [The milestone] was most likely hit many months ago.’

The official US case number, 100.7 million, indicates that about one in three Americans has had the virus at least once.

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Still, an April 2022 CDC study estimated that 60 percent of the country was infected with the virus. The official number of cases does not differentiate between repeated infections.

The 100 million cases come as pandemic policies begin to creep back into everyday life in America.

Hundreds of thousands of students in the US will be forced to wear them in class when schools go back today as controversial mandates return.

The cumulative number of Covid cases in the US hit 100 million as of December 21 – making America the first country to surpass nine digits

The cumulative number of Covid cases in the US hit 100 million as of December 21 – making America the first country to surpass nine digits

The raw number does not take into account population size and is full of caveats - such as the US doing far more testing than most countries in the world.  Here the chart shows how the US tamed the outbreak

The raw number does not take into account population size and is full of caveats – such as the US doing far more testing than most countries in the world. Here the chart shows how the US tamed the outbreak

Despite the number of Covid infections stagnating for months, elementary and middle schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have made face coverings a condition of entry for students returning from the holidays.

Education officials say the policy aims to prevent an explosion in respiratory illnesses after more mixing during the first normal Christmas and New Year in years.

But there is little evidence that face masks actually reduce the number of infections, and mounting research shows that the mandates hindered children’s social development and education and robbed them of vital immunity to other seasonal bugs such as flu and RSV.

The government also announced last week that all passengers from China would be tested upon entry, despite there being no evidence that the policy is working either.

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COVID CASES AROUND THE WORLD (RUDE NUMBER VERSUS PER MILLION POPULATION)

  1. United States 100,759,251
  2. India 44,680,180
  3. France 39,373,160
  4. Germany 37,410,650
  5. Brazil 36,362,366
  6. Japan 29,397,865
  7. South Korea 29,220,591
  8. Italy 25,143,705
  9. United Kingdom 24,135,084
  10. Russia 21,499,362
  11. Turkey 17,042,722
  12. Spain 13,684,258
  13. Vietnamese 11,525,336
  14. Australia 11,132,933
  15. Argentina 9,963,697
  16. Taiwan 8,889,346
  17. Netherlands 8,580,083
  18. Iran 7,561,309
  19. Mexico 7,234,467
  20. Indonesia 6,720,443
  21. Poland 6,368,749
  22. Columbia 6,336,660
  23. Austria 5,709,405
  24. Ukraine 5,662,807
  25. Portugal 5,554,058
  26. Greece 5,548,487
  27. Chile 5,044,258
  28. Malaysia 5,027,457
  29. Israel 4,765,806
  30. Thailand 4,723,919
  31. Belgium 4,668,248
  32. Czech Republic 4,580,077
  33. Canada 4,506,199
  34. Peru 4,460,100
  35. Switzerland 4,399,516
  36. Philippines 4,065,173
  37. South Africa 4,049,366
  38. Denmark 3,385,836
  39. Romania 3,312,085
  40. Sweden 2,674,862
  41. Hong Kong 2,669,224
  42. Slovakia 2,657,398
  43. Iraq 2,465,390
  44. Serbia 2,447,387
  45. Singapore 2,203,146
  46. Hungary 2,185,816
  47. New Zealand 2,094,899
  48. Bangladesh 2,037,156
  49. China 1,909,905
  50. Georgia 1,808,820

  1. Cyprus 704,359
  2. San Marino 687919
  3. Faroe Islands 652,484
  4. Austria 638,663
  5. Gibraltar 620,467
  6. Slovenia 617010
  7. Andorra 598061
  8. Brunei 594249
  9. France 580,614
  10. Denmark 575,601
  11. Saint Pierre and Miquelon 569,074
  12. South Korea 563932
  13. Iceland 557,716
  14. Portuguese 540,759
  15. Liechtenstein 540,617
  16. Greece 534,280
  17. Latvia 526,325
  18. Falkland Islands 507761
  19. Israel 504,371
  20. Switzerland 503,350
  21. Netherlands 488,503
  22. Georgia 483,075
  23. Luxembourg 481,386
  24. Bahrain 474,685
  25. Slovakia 470,881
  26. Seychelles 470014
  27. Lithuania 468,529
  28. Estonia 461,434
  29. Cayman Islands 457,961
  30. Montenegro 454,159
  31. Isle of Man 449618
  32. Germany 448,731
  33. Monaco 437,039
  34. Czech Republic 436,448
  35. Bonaire Sint Eustatius and Saba 433,092
  36. Italy 425,894
  37. Australia 425,288
  38. Aruba 410,975
  39. New Zealand 404008
  40. Saint Helena 401037
  41. Belgium 400,504
  42. Singapore 390,835
  43. Cook Islands 375,117
  44. Barbados 374,637
  45. Marshall Islands 373,957
  46. Taiwanese 372042
  47. Nauru 364116
  48. United Kingdom 357,509
  49. Hong Kong 356,426
  50. Serbia 356,162

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