With restrictions gradually lifted, borders and businesses reopening and a hint of normalcy returning to people’s lives in many countries, it’s tempting to feel like the worst is over six and a half months into the pandemic. And while few countries are currently overwhelmed by COVID-19 like Italy, Spain or the U.S. were earlier this year, global infections have continued to climb, with the seven-day rolling average for new infections hovering around 290,000 for the past 10 days.
According to the World Health Organization, daily new cases hit a new high of 321,651 on September 20, with September 26 not close behind with 316,978 new cases. While the high number of new cases is partly due to a steep increase in testing, particularly in the U.S. and India, where more than 100 and 70 million tests have been performed, respectively, it still shows that COVID-19 remains highly prevalent around the world.
As of September 27, more than 33 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed worldwide, resulting in more almost one million deaths. As the following chart shows, the pandemic is far from over yet, even if many countries appear to have the situation under control at the moment.