Wikipedia:Top 25 Report/March 1 to 7, 2020

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Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (March 1 to 7, 2020)[edit]

Prepared with commentary by Igordebraga

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The official data is still down, so through other tools we compiled a list with people worried either about the coronavirus or the upcoming election.


Rank Article Class Views Image About
1 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak C-Class article 3.465.955
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The article is now 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, showing how widespread the disease has gotten since it originated in China.
2 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries Symbol question.svg 2.331.572
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The Republicans just went for a possible Trump re-election, so the Democrats instead are having a tight race, that after Super Tuesday (#4), has only three candidates left: #5, #7, and #23.
3 Coronavirus C-Class article 2.106.989
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The specific strain of this type of virus currently causing panic worldwide (#1) was known as 2019-nCoV and is now Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), but people just seek the general term.
4 Super Tuesday B-Class article 1.356.307
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11 states held their primaries (#2) on March 3, most of whom were won by Joe Biden, Barack Obama's vice president who previously served as Senator for Delaware.
5 Joe Biden Good article 1.086.375
6 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak by country and territory List-Class article 1.071.108
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#1 started in China, and has gone onto over 100 countries (including the Vatican - see #10 as for why). The list also includes a cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, which had 696 cases (7 of them fatal) and is currently quarantined following an evacuation in the coast of Japan.
7 Bernie Sanders Start-Class article 985.977
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After losing the Democratic presidential spot to Hillary Clinton in 2016, the Vermont Senator is currently trying again against #5.
8 The Invisible Man (2020 film) Start-Class article 964.377
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Without the classic look seen to the left (that certainly would help avoid getting infected in times of our #1!) or previously attached star Johnny Depp, The Invisible Man was brought back in a cheaply made and highly effective thriller that got glowing reviews and already made over $100 million worldwide.
9 Spanish flu Good article 773.875
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Over a hundred years ago, another virus (the H1N1, which struck again in 2009) wiped out huge portions of the world population, and reportedly started in Europe - though not in Spain, that got the name because unlike other countries they didn't care if reporting on the deaths would be bad for morale. The current pandemic (#1) had its first major outbreak out of Asia in Italy, which is currently only behind disease source China.
10 2020 coronavirus outbreak in Italy B-Class article 754.327
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11 Deaths in 2020 List-Class article 739.351
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Close the doors, put out the light
You know they won't be home tonight...
12 Coronavirus disease 2019 C-Class article 716.921
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Turning Wikipedia into WebMD, readers also went to see what exactly the coronavirus (#1 et al.) causes - it's a cold that can evolve into pneumonia or worse.
13 Michael Bloomberg B-Class article 704.072
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The billionaire ex-mayor of New York spent a record $500 million to become the presidential candidate (#2), only to withdraw following the Super Tuesday (#4). The only place where he won was American Samoa!
14 The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez Start-Class article 654.820 If diseases and politics aren't horrific enough for you, there's always this Netflix documentary series about an eight year old who was abused and murdered.
15 Elizabeth Warren B-Class article 593.590
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One day after our #13 quit the Democratic race (#2), this senator from Massachusetts also left.
16 Katy Perry Featured article 556.782
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And for happier news, two artists in lesser periods of their careers - Katy hasn't scored a top ten hit song since 2017, while Legolas\Will Turner has retreated to Amazon Prime - are expecting a baby.
17 Orlando Bloom B-Class article 512.332
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18 2020 coronavirus outbreak in the United States C-Class article 493.734
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Over a thousand cases, 41 of them fatal, of #1 have reached the USA. People rush to gather resources in fear of a quarantine, and many events ended up cancelled.
19 2020 United States presidential election Symbol question.svg 483,947
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#2 is to choose whoever in November will follow Hillary Clinton in going up against #21.
20 Zhong Nanshan Start-Class article 435.195
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If the virus responsible for #1 is officially SARS 2, who better to become the leading advisor in managing the crisis than the Chinese epidemiologist and pulmonologist who dealt with the first SARS back in 2002-04?
21 Donald Trump B-Class article 432.341
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Already guaranteed to run for re-election in November, the Tweeter-In-Chief probably owes his views to how he's handling #18, with demeaning and neglectful quotes all around.
22 Parasite (2019 film) Start-Class article 431.405
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Before South Korea became the fourth most affected country in our #1, they had a moment of happiness and pride with this movie becoming the first production not in English to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
23 Tulsi Gabbard B-Class article 431,057
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The Hawaiian representative has no chance on the race at #2, but she says she will remain for "an opportunity to speak to Americans every single day about the sea change we need in our foreign policy."
24 2020 coronavirus outbreak in Germany C-Class article 415,163
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Germany so far has weathered this virus like a champ, with just 52 deaths out of 18,000 cases. But, given Germany's linchpin position in the global economy, all anyone seems to want to talk about are the financial implications.
25 David Byrne C-Class article 414.427
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"Psycho Killer", Qu'est-ce que c'est ?... The former leader of the Talking Heads appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, accompanied by the Broadway cast of his musical American Utopia.
Most Popular Wikipedia Articles of the Week (March 1 to 7, 2020)