Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Are Growing Faster In The United States Than Any Other Country In The World

Coronavirus growth for the top 10 countries in the world by the number of cases added yesterday.

Coronavirus growth for the top 10 countries in the world by the number of cases added yesterday.

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As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the globe, each country hopes that it has the ability to slow its growth in their own country.

As of today, the United States falls in last place with regard to limiting COVID-19 growth according to the number of confirmed cases. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of confirmed cases in the United States grew at a faster rate than any other country in the world yesterday. Below, I dive into how these numbers are skewed by country population and the number of coronavirus tests conducted.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose from 7,783 on Wednesday to 13,677 yesterday. The growth of 5,894 new confirmed cases in just one day equates to a 176% increase in cases in just a 24-hour period.

Plot of coronavirus cases in the United States over the last month (2/19 to 3/19)

Plot of coronavirus cases in the United States over the last month (2/19 to 3/19)

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You are likely wondering how population size, number of tests performed, etc. play into this overall picture.

With regards to population size, despite having a billion more people India added only 38 new cases yesterday. However, this number is skewed by the fact that India has performed only 14,514 tests to date compared to 103,945 tests in the United States.

In comparison, the country that added the 2nd highest number of cases yesterday was Italy, a country with a population of 60.48 million. That equals just 18% of the population of the United States.

It is no secret that coronavirus testing in the United States has lagged compare to other countries. Limited testing in the United States potentially downplays the numbers below, leaving the true number of cases unknown.

In the past week, the number of tests conducted in the United States has increased, however, the data for the past couple days has not been compiled yet. This could skew the numbers to look like coronavirus is growing faster, yet we are simply testing more.

Ultimately, it’s impossible to capture the true number of coronavirus cases at any given point. The numbers show the minimum number of COVID-19 cases and are highly dependent on two factors: population and rate of testing.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Growth By Country From 3/18 to 3/19

  1. United States cases grew by 5,894 equalling a growth of 176%
  2. Italy cases grew by 5,322 equalling a growth of 115%
  3. Spain cases grew by 4,053 equalling a growth of 129%
  4. Germany cases grew by 2,993 equalling a growth of 124%
  5. France cases grew by 1,828 equalling a growth of 120%
  6. Switzerland cases grew by 1,047 equalling a growth of 135%
  7. Iran cases grew by 1,046 equalling a growth of 106%
  8. Netherlands cases grew by 409 equalling a growth of 120%
  9. Austria cases grew by 367 equalling a growth of 122%
  10. Portugal cases grew by 337 equalling a growth of 175%
  11. Belgium cases grew by 309 equalling a growth of 121%
  12. Ireland cases grew by 265 equalling a growth of 191%
  13. Brazil cases grew by 249 equalling a growth of 167%
  14. Israel cases grew by 244 equalling a growth of 156%
  15. Czechia cases grew by 230 equalling a growth of 150%
  16. Norway cases grew by 196 equalling a growth of 113%
  17. Sweden cases grew by 160 equalling a growth of 113%
  18. Pakistan cases grew by 155 equalling a growth of 152%
  19. South Korea cases grew by 152 equalling a growth of 102%
  20. Canada cases grew by 143 equalling a growth of 122%
  21. Luxembourg cases grew by 132 equalling a growth of 165%
  22. Australia cases grew by 113 equalling a growth of 120%
  23. Malaysia cases grew by 110 equalling a growth of 114%
  24. Poland cases grew by 104 equalling a growth of 141%
  25. Saudi Arabia cases grew by 103 equalling a growth of 160%
  26. Turkey cases grew by 94 equalling a growth of 196%
  27. Denmark cases grew by 94 equalling a growth of 109%
  28. Peru cases grew by 89 equalling a growth of 161%
  29. Ecuador cases grew by 88 equalling a growth of 179%
  30. Indonesia cases grew by 84 equalling a growth of 137%
  31. Iceland cases grew by 80 equalling a growth of 132%
  32. Finland cases grew by 64 equalling a growth of 119%
  33. United Kingdom cases grew by 63 equalling a growth of 102%
  34. Egypt cases grew by 60 equalling a growth of 131%
  35. Thailand cases grew by 60 equalling a growth of 128%
  36. China cases grew by 54 equalling a growth of 100%
  37. Russia cases grew by 52 equalling a growth of 135%
  38. India cases grew by 38 equalling a growth of 124%
  39. Japan cases grew by 35 equalling a growth of 104%
  40. South Africa cases grew by 34 equalling a growth of 129%
  41. Singapore cases grew by 32 equalling a growth of 110%
  42. Armenia cases grew by 31 equalling a growth of 137%
  43. Iraq cases grew by 28 equalling a growth of 117%
  44. United Arab Emirates cases grew by 27 equalling a growth of 124%
  45. Mexico cases grew by 25 equalling a growth of 127%
  46. Croatia cases grew by 24 equalling a growth of 130%
  47. Lebanon cases grew by 24 equalling a growth of 118%
  48. Panama cases grew by 23 equalling a growth of 127%
  49. Bahrain cases grew by 22 equalling a growth of 109%
  50. Serbia cases grew by 20 equalling a growth of 124%

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