COVID-19 by the numbers: Week of May 1

By Donald Halsing – News Editor

By Kathleen Moore – Design Editor

Week of 5/1/2020MassachusettsUnited StatesWorld
Population6,892,503329,586,9737,646,498,562
Infections62,2051,056,4023,225,454
Recoveries 124,9791,008,498
Deaths3,56261,775231,415
Infection rate0.90%0.32%0.04%
Recovery rate 11.83%31.27%
Death rate per infection5.73%5.85%7.17%
Death rate per capita0.0517%0.0187%0.0030%
 Massachusetts Cases by countyUnited States Cases by stateWorld Cases by country
Cases by location      1. Middlesex (14,208) 2. Suffolk (12,890) 3. Essex (8,673) 4. Norfolk (5,986) 5. Worcester (5,550)1. New York (309,696) 2. New Jersey (116,264) 3. Massachusetts (62,205) 4. Illinois (50,355) 5. California (49,306)1. US (1,056,402) 2. Spain (239,639) 3. Italy (205,463) 4. UK (172,478) 5. France (166,628)

Sources

  • MA population: United States Census Bureau – QuickFacts Massachusetts
  • US and World population: United States Census Bureau – US and World Population Clock
  • MA data: WCVB
  • US data: CDC, New York Times
  • Recovery data: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
  • World data: WHO, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Data is last checked at 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday before publication

The rate of new COVID-19 cases has stabilized on local, national, and global levels for the past two weeks as of 4 p.m. April 30.

This means the same number of new cases for this week is the same as the number of new cases last week and the previous week in Massachusetts, the United States, and around the world.

After a month of data collection, the News team compiled all of our available data to analyze trends in the COVID-19 pandemic.

On all levels, the number of COVID-19 cases has grown steadily in a generally linear progression.

For Massachusetts, the number of deaths rose steadily, but has peaked and dropped slightly over the past week.

On national and international levels, The number of deaths follows a curve, slowly becoming less steep as time passes. Recovery rates are doing just the opposite: trending in an upward curve.

In Massachusetts, the number of cases climbed from around 46,000 to 62,000 since last week. The rate of new cases is about the same as last week.

Middlesex and Suffolk counties still have the greatest number of cases among Massachusetts counties, climbing from about 10,000 cases last week to over 13,000 in both counties this week.

The total number of cases remain less than 0.9% of the state population. Less than 5.8% of those who contracted the virus have died.

At the beginning of the month, under 10,000 cases were reported in the state. That value has increased six-fold in the past month. The infection rate has climbed from about 0.1% to 0.9%.

The death rate in Massachusetts climbed from under 1.75% to 5.75% of those infected. Less than 0.06% of the state population has died from COVID-19.

In the United States, the total number of COVID-19 cases reached 1 million this week, from 850,000 last week. The rate of increase is the same as last week’s.

New York state continues to have the most cases by far of any state, with almost 310,000 reported, only up again by 40,000 from last week.

The total number of cases remains around 0.25% of the national population.

Across the country, 5.1% of those who had the disease have died, and 9.2% have recovered. Infection, recovery, and death rates are around the same as last week’s rates in the U.S.

At the beginning of the month, under 250,000 cases were reported in the country. That value has increased four-fold in the past month. The infection rate has climbed from about 0.07% to 0.32%.

The death rate in the U.S. climbed from under 2.43% to 5.85% of those infected. Less than 0.019% of the national population has died from COVID-19.

Globally, over 3.2 million people have COVID-19. This number increased by half a million from last week, when about 2.7 people had the virus. This increase rate is the same as last week.

Only 0.04% of the world population has contracted COVID-19 so far.

The United States has the greatest number of cases, with over 1 million. Spain and Italy still top the charts in terms of cases, with 240,000 and 210,000 respectively.

This is the final graphic and analysis put together by our News team for Gatepost Volume 88.

Worldwide, 7.2% of people who contracted the disease have died. 31.3% of those who were infected have recovered.

At the beginning of the month, 1 million cases were reported around the world. That value has increased three-fold in the past month. The infection rate has climbed from about 0.01% to 0.04%.

The global death rate climbed from under 5.14% to 7.17% of those infected. Less than 0.003% of the world population has died from COVID-19.

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