ALTHOUGH the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding in some countries, the number of new cases worldwide is growing faster than ever and more than 100,000 new cases are being reported daily.
The New York Times (NYT), a New York-based newspaper that has won 130 Pulitzer Prizes, regularly follows all the latest information related to covid-19 and presents readers with interactive charts and tables showing the latest death toll figures. the total number of cases and the emergence of new foci.
The Croatian reader may have been surprised these days by the updated world map of coronavirus on the NYT portal page, where Croatia is the only country in Europe marked in bright red (picture below).
Bright red Croatia is a matter of statistics
Many of our citizens will naturally ask the question – so why are we the only red ones? This question makes sense because other European countries also have coronavirus outbreaks; indeed, we have far fewer cases than Italy, France, Britain and the like.
However, the reason why Croatia is so prominent is that this specific interactive map shows the emergence of hotspots, or an increase in the number of new cases. Those countries where the number of recorded infections is falling are colored blue (Great Britain, Poland and Greece), and those where the number of newly infected is stable and unchanged in light ocher (Russia, France, Italy, etc.). Those states where an increase in coronavirus cases has been reported are orange or red; depending on the strength of growth – a lighter orange indicates a slight increase in newly infected, a darker orange indicates a medium, and a red indicates a significant increase.
So we are the only reds in all of Europe because we are currently the country with the strongest increase in the number of covid-19 infected. Even Serbia and BiH, which have a higher number of daily cases than us, are more moderate in color; they are brighter orange. This does not mean that we are the worst in terms of the number of cases or that we are the most risky country in Europe, it just says that we jumped from zero infections to almost 100 a day very quickly.
This map, therefore, does not track the total number of cases but simply the increase in new cases. Croatia is thus one of the countries in Europe with the lowest number of infected people, but in terms of percentage, in recent days there has been a large increase in new cases.
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In this case, the bright red Croatia is the result of statistics and methods of calculation, and it does not mean that we have become a significant focus in the world, but only that we have had a sharp increase in the number of infected people.
We are not alone in the world
When the world map of coronavirus increases and when we see the whole world, we can see that Croatia is not the only one on the globe in the color of red traffic lights (picture below). Bright red countries are Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Equatorial Guinea and Malawi. We are “only” the only one in this color in Europe.
The New York Times writes that the increase in new cases in the last two weeks has been reported by almost twice as many countries as those that reported a decline. On June 17, more new cases were recorded in one day around the world than ever before – as many as 166,099.
Such a high number of newly infected is the result of hotspots in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The situation is not easy in the US either. On Thursday, California and Florida reported the largest daily number of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic, and Texas became the sixth American federal state with more than 100,000 cases.
Although the United States is the country with the highest number of cases (2.5 million) and deaths (about 126,000 victims), they are painted in a lighter orange on the map because they do not have as significant an increase in new infections recently as Croatia.
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