KABUL authorities worldwide showed on Saturday.
A total of nine countries has recorded over one million cases
One in every 156 people on the planet have so far caught the disease, with no end in sight. Of those who contracted it, over 1.2 million have lost their lives to the deadly contagion, including more than 9,000 on Friday alone.
It was just over two months ago that the world witnessed its 25 millionth case, on August 28.
Daily new cases regularly exceed 500,000 and are well on their way to three-quarters of a million.
New deaths have exceeded their April highs despite the advances made in treating COVID-19 these past 10 months, a further indication of how entrenched the pandemic has become.
Such figures are only a prelude of what is to come. If these trends are allowed to continue, there may be 100 million cases by the end of the year, surging at a rate of 1 million cases each day.
As Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently told the Washington Post, “It’s not a good situation.
All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”
One of the sharpest dangers is that hospitals become too overwhelmed to treat all of their patients. This is already taking place in El Paso, Texas and in various locations across Europe.
As was witnessed in Wuhan, China; Lombardy, Italy and, to a lesser extent, New York City in the early days of the pandemic, the death rate skyrockets when there are not enough supplies and medical personnel to properly treat every patient.
While the rate of new deaths to new cases is currently at just above one percent, it is likely that this number will spike if the coronavirus continues its essentially uncontrolled spread.
The United States alone has recorded more than 10 million instances of infection, along with 242,000 deaths.
The state of Texas surpassed the 1 million mark on Friday, placing it after the nation of Colombia as the tenth most infected region in the world. It is closely followed by California, which has more than 960,000 cases.
Combined, they have over 37,000 deaths, more than all but eight other countries (excluding the US as a whole).