Key highlights of the World Statistics Day





As Kenya celebrated Mashujaa Day on 20th October the World at large was celebrating the World Statistics Day.

This an international day to celebrate statistics.

According to the Standard media, the day was created by the United Nations Statistical Commission and was first celebrated on 20 October 2010.

The day is celebrated every five years making it the 2nd celebration.

Here are some of the key interesting statistics that you would like to know.

The latest global Covid-19 statistics, total cases now stand at 40,664,529 (40.7M); Deaths: 1,123,217 (1.12M) and Recoveries: 30,365,750

Kenya’s latest Covid-19 figures as October 20, 2020 by the Ministry of Health Kenya: Total cases 45,647; Recoveries 32,522 and Deaths 842.

On internet matters according to on internet statistics and trends, in 2019, there were 4.39 billion internet users and 3.48 billion of them were on social media.

As of September 2019, there were more than 1.7 billion websites and more than 90,000 websites get hacked every day and over 4.2 million blogs and 500 million tweets were published daily as reported.

Looking at health matters, according to the, several studies done between the year 2008 and 2012 on over 45,000 heart patients results  statistics have shown that heart attacks follow a pattern.

The stress of returning to work on Monday from a relaxed and chilled weekend makes many people dread Mondays. The study found that heart attacks are lowest on weekends and significantly rise on Mondays and drop from Tuesday onwards.

Statistics show Hong Kong’s population has the lowest percentage of children.

The Administrative region of China has only 11.9 percent of children making up its population compared to Kenya with 39 percent of the population being children.

Did you know that Bangladesh has a bigger population than Russia even though it’s 115 times smaller?

The small Asian country could fit into Russia’s expansive space 115 times yet it has a statistic of  16.9 million more people.

Also, did it ever occur to you that James and Mary are the most popular names or you thought it was Brian and John right?

For more than 100 years, James for boys and Mary for girls have been the most popular names. There are more than 4.7 million people called James and more than 3.2 million others called Mary globally.

Second on the list is John and Patricia.

Fact check, Olympic Gold medals are 92.5 percent silver. Although they are called gold medals, the award coveted and given to top athletes has only six grams of gold and roughly 92.5 percent silver. The last time an Olympic medal was made of pure gold was in 1912 at the Summer Olympics in Sweden.

As we continue to compete for medals, in the past 1000 years, the world population has grown 52 times bigger.

While children make up 10 percent of the world’s population, more than 40 percent of the global burden of disease falls on them.

More than10 million children under age five die from preventable diseases while another 3 million die from environmental factors.

On a sad note, pollution is one of the leading global killers and affects over 100 million people with effects comparable to major diseases such as HIV and malaria.

The effect spreads to animals where it kills over a million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals every year. Next time before you throw that plastic waste on the river or road side please consider disposing it appropriately.

Across the Atlantic, in the United States of America, statistics shows 1,700 people become millionaires every day. A good reason to dream big enough every day.

The celebration of World Statistics Day 2020 is a global collaborative endeavour, organized under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission.

The Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic Affairs is the global coordinator of the campaign, defining global key messages and making available outreach resources to countries and other partners through this website.

National statistical offices act as national coordinators, translating promotional materials into national languages and organizing events and outreach efforts at national and subnational levels.



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