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COVID-19 cases and deaths among hardest hit countries worldwide as of Oct. 19, 2020

As of October 19, 2020, the United States had recorded over 8.1 million cases of COVID-19. The country had also reported a total number of almost 220 thousand deaths from the disease.

Testing in U.S. ramped up after early setback

The number of confirmed cases around the world has reached over 40 million as of October 19, 2020. However, the true number of infections may be much higher because shortages of test kits are thwarting efforts to accurately track the spread of the virus. The United States has performed the second most tests worldwide but underwent some early problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the recall of the first test kits after faults were discovered.

The silent spread of the coronavirus

Widespread testing will also help to detect the hundreds of thousands of people who might be asymptomatic – showing few or no symptoms of the illness. These carriers are unwittingly transmitting the virus to others, and the threat of silent transmission is one reason why mass lockdowns have been imposed around the world. However, as asymptomatic carriers produce no symptoms, they may have developed some natural immunity to the illness. Viruses are not as easily spread in communities with high rates of immunity, which helps to protect more vulnerable groups of people. When an infection rate is less than one, a community has achieved herd immunity.

Number and change of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and deaths among the most impacted countries worldwide as of October 19, 2020

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Release date

October 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

as of October 19, 2020, 7:43 a.m. CET

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