Hard Numbers: Coronavirus deaths now surpass SARS toll

57: The American public's view of the economy is as positive as it's been in twenty years, with 57 percent of Americans surveyed agreeing that the nation's economy is in "excellent" or "good'' shape, according to a Pew poll. But people's viewpoints are sharply partisan: only 39 percent of Democrats agree that the economy is doing well.


2.6 billion: Ahead of President Trump's visit to India later this month, New Delhi is set to purchase $2.6 billion worth of military helicopters from the United States. India's defense purchases from the US have surged in the last decade as New Delhi, worried about Chinese influence in the region, has drawn closer to the US while pivoting away from its traditional arms suppliers in Russia.

900: The global death toll from the deadly Wuhan coronavirus has reached 900, officially surpassing the 2002-03 SARS outbreak that killed 813 people in China and other parts of Asia. However, the coronavirus – which has killed around 2 percent of people who have contracted it – is less fatal overall than SARS, which killed around 10 percent.

6.5 million: The personal data of all 6.5 million eligible voters in Israel was leaked due to a "grave" security lapse on an app that provides news and information about the upcoming election on March 2. The leak, which includes voters' full names, ID card numbers, and addresses, appears to be related to the app's poor coding, and required no hacking skills.

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We've written recently about how the COVID-19 pandemic will hit poorer countries particularly hard. But the burden of the virus' spread also falls more heavily on working class people even in wealthy countries, particularly in Europe and the United States. This is exacerbating the divide between rich and poor that had already upended the political establishment in countries around the world even before anyone had heard of a "novel coronavirus."

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Meet Mark Wetton, a Kentucky-based businessman who owns a dust-collection factory in Wuhan. He has been there since the beginning of the outbreak, and describes the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak there, life in lockdown, and what things are like today as the city finally begins to reopen its borders and come back to life. He also shares some lessons learned that he hopes Americans will heed.

The coronavirus is likely to hit poorer countries particularly hard, but it is also laying a bigger burden on working class people even in wealthy ones. As less affluent people suffer disproportionately not only from the disease, but also from the economic costs of containing it, we can expect a worsening of income inequalities that have already upended global politics over the past few years. Here is a look at inequality in some of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 so far.

500 million: The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could plunge 500 million people into poverty, according to a new report released by Oxfam. As incomes and economies continue to contract, global poverty will increase for the first time in 30 years, the report predicts, undermining many of the gains of globalization that have pulled millions out of poverty in recent years.

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