COVID-19 cases are on the rise globally, mainly due to the highly contagious delta variant and low vaccination rates, reported CNN. In some countries, the current wave is the deadliest epidemic since the start of the pandemic.
- Experts fear the delta variant will lead to even more worrying variants, the Deseret News reported.
Here are some of the worst epidemics in the world.
5. The COVID-19 epidemic in Cuba
Cuba’s coronavirus cases have increased in recent weeks and continue to climb as the country grapples with its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic, according to Deseret News.
- COVID-19 cases have increased 41% in Cuba this week, according to the New York Times.
- With 81 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, Cuba has one of the highest infection densities in the world, according to data from the New York Times.
- Cuba has an average of more than 9,100 new cases per day and 79 new deaths, according to data from The New York Times.
The current wave in Cuba is the country’s deadliest epidemic to date, according to Our world in data. The island’s health systems have started to strain, according to Deseret News.
4. The COVID-19 epidemic in Indonesia
Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has overtaken India as the epicenter of the virus in Asia, reported CNN. This week, Indonesia’s coronavirus death toll topped 100,000 – only the second Asian country to reach the grim milestone.
- Last week, Indonesia had the highest average daily deaths in the world, per The New York Times.
- Indonesia has on average more than 33,800 new daily cases and over 1,600 new deaths daily, according to data from the New York Times.
This is the worst wave of epidemics in Indonesia in number of cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to Our world in data. Daily deaths in the country have steadily increased since the end of May, when experts began warning the country was a “time bomb,” according to Deseret News.
- Indonesia’s healthcare system is pushed to the brink, reported CNN.
- Cemeteries had to expand to bury those who died from COVID-19, per CNN.
3. The COVID-19 epidemic in Botswana
- Last week, Botswana’s death rate was among the worst in the world, according to data from The New York Times.
- With 99 cases per 100,000 population, Botswana is experiencing one of the worst epidemics per capita in the world, according to data from the New York Times.
The southern African country has recorded an average of more than 2,269 new cases daily – a 38% increase – and 19 new daily deaths last week, The New York Times reported. As the delta variant has spread across the country with a vaccination rate of only 5.4%, the health care system was pushed to the brink and conditions became dire, according to Deseret News.
2. The COVID-19 epidemic in Georgia
Georgia, a country in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, has seen coronavirus cases and deaths explode in the past two weeks. The push was caused by the delta variant, reported Europe News.
- With 88 cases per 100,000 residents, Georgia’s epidemic is one of the highest per capita in the world, according to data from the New York Times.
- Last week, cases in Georgia increased by 78% and on average more than 3,200 new cases per day, according to the New York Times
Georgia has not put in place any new lockdowns, per Europe News. Due to limited supplies, vaccination remains limited with only 12.7% of the population partially vaccinated.
- Hospital beds have started to fill around 5,000 of the country’s 8,000 already full COVID-19 beds, according to News Europe.
- Georgia’s death rate last week was among the worst in the world, according to data from The New York Times.
1. The COVID-19 epidemic in the United States
In absolute numbers of cases, the United States is currently experiencing the world’s worst epidemic. Last week, new infections in the United States were on average more than 100,000 cases per day, the highest average in the world, according to New York Times data.
- In the United States, cases rose 119% last week, according to data from The New York Times.
- The United States also ranks among the top for average daily deaths last week with an average of 438 deaths daily, according to the New York Times.
The current epidemic in the United States was caused by the delta variant and has invaded unvaccinated communities, for CBS News. Health experts have warned that cases will continue to rise in the United States over the next two to three weeks, per Scientific journal.