Total coronavirus cases surpassed five million yesterday and have since grown to 5,217,328. 53 percent of those who have been infected are still listed as sick, according to numbers published by website Worldometers.
As lockdown measures in Europe have shows success, fewer new infections meant that the share of recovered patients was able to rise. When the world surpassed one million cases on April 2 and cases in Europe and the U.S. were still rising more quickly, 75 percent of all confirmed cases were listed as active. Yet, since case numbers have begun to increase more quickly in countries like Russia and Brazil, this balance could soon change again.
The U.S., Russia, Brazil and Spain – the four countries currently most affected in the world – are responsible for almost 50 percent of the global count of five million confirmed cases. The U.S. alone has a share of more than 30 percent.