This chart help to show that there can be an enormous strain on emergency caring systems for even low percentages of population infected by the COVID-19 virus. Active cases are calculated by substracting the total number of recovered cases and deaths to the number of confirmed cases.
Values are percentages of population by country. So 0.04 for example, would represent 4 infected people per 10,000. Although these figures can appear small and carry low-risk for individual people, we need to consider that they can double every three to four days if no preventive measures are used.
Last updated: 18th January 2021.