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Britain has world’s SECOND biggest Covid outbreak currently… so where else is in the worst 20?

Unprecedented protests are taking place across China in response to fresh Covid curbs implemented to control the spread of the virus.

Despite measures such as local lockdowns, testing and quarantine being deemed necessary with cases across the country currently at a record high, its daily Covid cases don’t even rank in the world’s top five.

Cases are highest in Japan, where nearly 100,000 people are testing positive per day, on average. It is followed by the UK (55,274), South Korea (53,998) and France (40,168) — which are all restriction-free despite logging higher rates.

The figures, from Oxford University’s Our World in Data platform, are solely reliant on testing levels, meaning the true rate is a mystery in every country. 

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There is no better way of measuring the data, however. 

China, which has been accused of under-reporting cases throughout Covid, ranks seventh, recording an average of 27,620 cases per day in the week to Sunday. 

However, it’s logging one of the lowest daily tolls when compared to its population size, with just 19 confirmed cases per million people. This puts it in 76th place.

Using this metric, cases are currently highest in Tuvalu, where 10,195 people tested positive per million in the week to November 27, followed by Brunei (1,446) and San Marino (1,242).

Despite measures such as local lockdowns, testing and months-long quarantine being deemed necessary across the country, China’s current infection rate — relative to its population — doesn’t even rank in the top 20

China is logging one of the highest daily tallies in relation to raw numbers, with 27,620 cases reported in the week to Sunday — the seventh highest nation in the world. Japan (99,825), the UK (55,274) and South Korea (53,998) are all restriction-free despite logging higher rates

China is logging one of the highest daily tallies in relation to raw numbers, with 27,620 cases reported in the week to Sunday — the seventh highest nation in the world. Japan (99,825), the UK (55,274) and South Korea (53,998) are all restriction-free despite logging higher rates

Covid cases are currently highest in Tuvalu, where 10,195 people tested positive per million in the week to November 27, followed by Brunei (1,446) and San Marino (1,242). China is 76th, with 19 cases per million people

Covid cases are currently highest in Tuvalu, where 10,195 people tested positive per million in the week to November 27, followed by Brunei (1,446) and San Marino (1,242). China is 76th, with 19 cases per million people

JAPAN: Japan logged 99,824 positive tests in the week to November 27, up from 84,296 one week earlier. Cases have been rising since mid-October after infections fell below 26,000

JAPAN: Japan logged 99,824 positive tests in the week to November 27, up from 84,296 one week earlier. Cases have been rising since mid-October after infections fell below 26,000

UK: The UK logged 55,274 positive tests in the week to November 24, according to Our World in Data. This is up from 3,349 seven days earlier

UK: The UK logged 55,274 positive tests in the week to November 24, according to Our World in Data. This is up from 3,349 seven days earlier

SOUTH KOREA: detected 53,998 cases in the week to November 27, up from 51,980 seven days earlier

SOUTH KOREA: detected 53,998 cases in the week to November 27, up from 51,980 seven days earlier

FRANCE: In France, infections jumped to 40,168 in the week to November 25, up from 21,254 seven days earlier

FRANCE: In France, infections jumped to 40,168 in the week to November 25, up from 21,254 seven days earlier

US: Some 36,302 infections were logged in the week to November 27 in the US, down from 44,280 one week earlier

US: Some 36,302 infections were logged in the week to November 27 in the US, down from 44,280 one week earlier

ITALY: In Italy, there were 32,732 positive cases detected in the week to November 25, up from 29,763 one week earlier

ITALY: In Italy, there were 32,732 positive cases detected in the week to November 25, up from 29,763 one week earlier

CHINA: Cases in China began climbing a month ago and 27,620 people tested positive per day, on average, in the week to November 27

CHINA: Cases in China began climbing a month ago and 27,620 people tested positive per day, on average, in the week to November 27

CHINA: Over the last three months, China has been logging between 200 and 2,000 cases per day. But the rate began to shoot upwards one month ago and yesterday hit 39,791. Nine in 10 of the positive cases were asymptomatic, according to data from the National Health Commission

CHINA: Over the last three months, China has been logging between 200 and 2,000 cases per day. But the rate began to shoot upwards one month ago and yesterday hit 39,791. Nine in 10 of the positive cases were asymptomatic, according to data from the National Health Commission

CHINA: China's Covid death rate remains tiny. It has logged up to 0.9 deaths per million people per day. For comparison, the UK figure has soared to 240 per million in the darkest days of the pandemic

CHINA: China’s Covid death rate remains tiny. It has logged up to 0.9 deaths per million people per day. For comparison, the UK figure has soared to 240 per million in the darkest days of the pandemic

GERMANY: In Germany, there were 23,966 positive cases detected in the week to November 27, down from 24,573 seven days before

GERMANY: In Germany, there were 23,966 positive cases detected in the week to November 27, down from 24,573 seven days before

BRAZIL: In Brazil, there were 21,429 Covid cases reported in the week to November 25, around one third higher than one week previously, when 13,042 were reported

BRAZIL: In Brazil, there were 21,429 Covid cases reported in the week to November 25, around one third higher than one week previously, when 13,042 were reported

TAIWAN: In Taiwan, 14,959 infections were logged in the week down November 27, a downturn compared to the 18,389 reported a week previously

TAIWAN: In Taiwan, 14,959 infections were logged in the week down November 27, a downturn compared to the 18,389 reported a week previously

Despite strict Covid controls, China is currently logging just 27 cases per million people, compared to 5,731 per million in the UK

Despite strict Covid controls, China is currently logging just 27 cases per million people, compared to 5,731 per million in the UK 

China logged zero Covid deaths per million people yesterday, compared to 0.9 per million in the US and 1.1 in the UK

China logged zero Covid deaths per million people yesterday, compared to 0.9 per million in the US and 1.1 in the UK


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