This grim milestone comes about a year and eight months since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic in March 2020. The first 50 million cases were reported in the first eight months — a full year ago, on November 7, 2020 — and about 50 million new cases have been reported roughly every three months since.
More than 5 million people worldwide have died from Covid-19, data from JHU shows.
The United States accounts for about one in five cases of Covid-19, with a total of nearly 46.5 million reported cases.
India, with a total of 34.4 million cases, accounts for another 14% of global cases, and Brazil accounts for another 9% of the global total with 22.9 million cases.
Together, those three countries – the US, India and Brazil – account for more than 40% of all reported cases.
Some studies have suggested that the actual number of cases is much higher than what is officially reported. For example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there were four times more infections than in the United States between February 2020 and May 2021.
Nevertheless, trends in globally reported cases show that average daily cases have remained well below their peak as of late April, even after a summer peak.
According to JHU data, about 450,000 new Covid-19 cases were added to the global total every day in the past week, compared to a peak of 826,000 average daily cases on April 25. The past month or so.
Worldwide, about 4 billion people have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, and about 3.1 billion people have been fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data.