Since the first death from coronavirus was reported more than 6 months ago in mainland China, the toll has grown past 650,000 deaths and 16.3 million cases but dominated now by four countries: the United States, Brazil, Mexico and India.
With 30% with the world’s population of 7.8 billion, these three counties from the Western Hemisphere and one in Asia comprise 48 percent of the total deaths.
But in those nations the toll has been surging with 60% of the 5,689 deaths worldwide Saturday attributed to them and 2,452 for Sunday, according to tracking by Worldometers.info.
The United States has been the world leader for months and now is nearing world-high 150,000 deaths and has passed 4.3 million cases. Brazil has risen to second place in both categories: 87,052 deaths and 2.4 million cases. Farther north, Mexico recently climbed into fourth place with 43,680 deaths as well as more than 390,000 cases. And India last week rose to sixth with 32,812 deaths and 1.4 million cases, which is the third highest.
The only other nations in the top six are No. 3 Britain with 45,752 deaths as well as about one-third of a million cases and No. 5 Italy, at one time the epicenter of the world, which has reported 35,107 deaths and nearly 250,000 cases.
And China, the original epicenter, has slid to 24th, not reporting a death since late April 26. The first death from the disease was announced on Jan. 11.
On Sunday, Brazil posted 556 deaths after reporting a world-high 1,111 deaths on Saturday — which is below its record of 1,492 on June 4 — as well as 48,234 cases. On Sunday, its number of new infections halved to 23,467.
In Mexico, the nation reported 306 new deaths late Sunday, a significant drop from the 729 deaths reported Saturday and the 737 from the night before. Cases rose by 5m480.
Elsewhere in Latin America, Peru reported 187 additional deaths on Saturday for ninth place and Chile 106 for 14th place. On Sunday, Chile posted 92 deaths for a total of 9,112.
In Asia, India on Sunday reported 716 deaths and a record 50,525 cases after Saturday’s 680 deaths, which was fourth highest in the world.