9 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 117,250,000, with more than 2,604,000 deaths and 76,967,000 recoveries.

The US, India, and Brazil lead the world for total confirmed Covid-19 cases, with India maintaining its lead ahead of Brazil by less than 200,000 cases, while the US has registered in excess of 29 million infections.

The US, Brazil and India also rank in the top five countries leading the world in the total number of Covid-19-related deaths, accompanied by Mexico with the third highest deaths and the UK rounding out the fifth position.

The number of deaths reported by these five countries ranges from over 525,000 within the US to 124,000 in the UK.

Despite continuing increases in case numbers within Brazil and reported deaths of over 36,000 last month alone, President Jair Bolsonaro has said he will not use the nation’s army to enforce national lockdown or any other restrictive measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.

This is consistent with the President’s controversial governance during the pandemic to date, consistently prioritising the right-to-work of the Brazilian people over preventing spread of the virus.

This stance was responsible for national protests calling for his resignation earlier this year, amid steep rises in both case numbers and deaths.

Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData