COVID-19 Around the World

Vanessa Moats '22, Staff Writer

2020 has been a memorable year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world. The virus started in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and has spread throughout the world. The three countries with the highest number of cases are America, India, and Brazil. 

United States of America

So far, the United States has had over 10 million cases and 230,000 deaths. In March, the COVID-19 pandemic took a turn for the worst in America. A quarantine was initiated to try to mitigate the virus. Case totals were increasing daily on average. The government did not take immediate action to combat the virus and has allowed it to get worse. During the summer months, the country started to open up and cases began to get out of control. President Trump contracted the virus, but that did not stop him from claiming the virus was going to disappear. At the beginning of September, the total cases in the U.S were over 7 million and now there is a 34% increase per day, putting the number of cases over 10 days to 1 million. This is a 3 million case increase over three months. This is the highest number of cases and the shortest amount of time to reach one million cases. If actions are not taken to reverse this trend, then we will see even more deaths because of the pandemic. 


In total, India has had a little over 8 million cases and 127,059 deaths. COVID-19 started in January. Case counts continued to increase because India did not look for warning signs with incoming tourists. They did not see COVID-19 as an immediate health risk, which is why their case count is high. They did not go into lockdown until March 25th. India did stop all travel into their country after a short outbreak. They have had an increase in cases with 38,073 cases on November 10, 2020. They are continuing to try to expel the virus by staying in lockdown. 


In total, Brazil has had a little over 5 million cases and 162,842 deaths. COVID-19 started in February. The country started to respond to the cases, and many people have started to recover. Despite trying to combat the virus, the way the pandemic has been handled in Brazil has been widely debated. Their president had COVID-19 and then told the states to stop protocols. This led to many more cases and for COVID-19 to still be a problem in Brazil. Hopefully, they will be able to get the virus under control to stop the spread and save lives. 


COVID-19 has affected every country differently, and each country has responded differently. Some countries have done better than others like New Zealand, which has been able to be fully opened without protocols now due to their early, swift, and effective handling of the virus. On the other hand, the rest of the world is heading into the second wave of the virus and many countries like the United Kingdom and France have gone back into lockdown to stop the immense spread of the virus. Hopefully, the world will be able to get this virus under control and listen to science.