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COVID-19 Pandemic

The daily situation report on a set of selected countries.

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World: total deaths

As of 12 July 2020, World:
   Death toll: 564,924 or 4.45 percent of the infected cases.
   Total cases: 12,698,995 or 0.16 percent of the population.
   New cases: 222,967 or a new infection ratio of 2.860 per 100,000 people.

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Tourism : murder by Covid-19

To win on tourism you need more than a little bit of luck. Portugal had its lucky days – if ever a deluge of tourists may be seen as a good fortune. But the wheel of luck never stops spinning. The coronavirus turned the Portuguese scaffold upside down in just a few weeks...

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Portugal tourism crashed

The combination of elusive tourists and countless beds froze the business altogether, bringing revenue per room from the heights of the €49 average for 2019, to the depths of €4,51 in April 2020.

 

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Covid19 boosts Portugal's Government Debt

It had to happen, the coronavirus did it. The Portuguese economy started its journey into hell, courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic. After the World Health Organization declared the pandemic on March 11, 2020, all the warning lights started flashing. The government debt, out of control as usual, has been boosted to a new historical peak of € million 262,056 or about 124 percent of GDP in April 2020.

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Portugueses government debt, 2008-2020

 

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2019 Billionaires On and Up

The share of wealth grabbed by the super-rich is staggering. From constant US$1.6 trillion in 1996, it climbed to 8.7 in 2019. Billionaires make just 0.00003 percent of the world population, but they currently own the equivalent of 12 percent of the GWP (gross world product). Nothing seems able to stop them.

Their number has gone on and up, from 423 in 1996 to 2,153 in 2019 (average growth rate of 7.3%...

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Line chart and statistics of the number and net worth of world billionaires from 1996 to 2019. The number of billionaires grew from 423 in 1996, to 2,153 in 2019 (7.3% annual average growth, or a 9.8-year doubling time).  Their net worth swelled in parallel from $US 1.6 trillion (constant, 2012=100) to $US 8.7  trillionillion (9.63% annual average growth or a 7.5-year doubling time)

 

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Corruption: Not Enough Lost Battles?

TI's (Transparency International) CPI (Corruption Perception Index) for 2018 opens with a candid acknowledgement. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year's CPI, with an average score of just 43. It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. While there are exceptions, the data shows that despite some progress, most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption....

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areppim line chart and statistics of CPI (corruption perceptions index) median, highest and lowest scores from 1995 to 2018. The index distribution has shifted towards the lower end of the scale along the 24-year period in the chart, exposing the generalized sliding towards a more corrupt environment. The shift affects all countries, including the least corrupt ones, revealing an ongoing albeit slow moral deterioration. The long term trend of the median index heralds loud and clear the triumph of corruption and the decay of probity across the planet.

 

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A Mobile-clogged Planet

ITU (International Telecommunications Union) estimates that by the end of 2018 there were 8.2 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, corresponding to a global penetration of 95%. This averages 10.7 mobile phones for 10 living persons.

Our new forecast anticipates a global market size of 8.4 billion subscribers by 2025, at 99.3% of saturation (estimated at 8.5 billion), equivalent to 104% of the population...

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areppim graph and statistics of actual mobile subscriptions until end 2018 and forecasts through 2025. By the end of 2018 there were 8.2 billion mobile subscribers worldwide, corresponding to a global penetration of 95%. This averages 10.7 mobile phones for 10 people

 

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"Every Healthy Person Is An Unwary Patient"

By late 2017, the AHA (American Heart Association) issued new guidelines setting normal blood pressure at less than 120 and 80, and the hypertension threshold at 130 over 80, in place of the previous 140 over 90 benchmark. They also established five, instead of the previous four blood pressure ranges as follows:

 

The new guidelines place a large percentage of the previously healthy population in the hypertension category, possibly requiring medical care and medication...

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U.S. Debt Clock   

 

Or about:

  • € 22,934.6 billion.
  • 121.0 percent of GDP
    (US GDP was $ 21,534.9 billion, as of end of Quarter 1, FY2020).
  • $ 78.637 per US citizen.

US Gross Federal Debt. Calibrated from data from US Department of Treasury.

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