Global Covid-19 Update -August 10
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Cases of the disease are continuing to surge in many countries, while others which had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are now seeing infections rise again.
Latin America is the epicentre of the pandemic, says the World Health Organisation. Brazil has the second highest number of cases in the world, after the US, and has recorded more than 100,000 deaths. Mexico, the second-most affected country in the region, has recorded more than 50,000 deaths.
Cases have also risen rapidly in Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Venezuela.
In Africa, South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest outbreaks so far, with South Africa becoming only the fifth country in the world to record more than 500,000 confirmed cases.
India has recorded more than 50,000 new infections every day for more than a week, and has pushed past two million cases in total.
The world’s second most populous country has the fifth highest death toll, but is continuing to ease public restrictions despite the spike in cases.
Several countries across Europe have reported a recent rise in cases. Travellers from the UK have been told they will have to quarantine for two weeks if they are returning from Spain, Belgium or Luxembourg, following a surge in infections. Cases in France are also rising again.
In Asia, India now has about 1.8 million cases and several states have re-imposed partial lockdowns.
The US has seen record numbers of new cases in recent weeks, although numbers are now falling again. The death toll stands at more than 160,000 – more than a fifth of the reported coronavirus deaths around the world.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||20,060,607 (1,782,159)||734,667 (40,954)|
|Africa||1,052,903 (89,681)||23,334 (2,954)|
|North America||6,121,834 (460,094)||234,861 (12,655)|
|South America||4,750,404 (504,727)||159,729 (9,823)|
|Asia||5,065,727 (583,853)||110,106 (10,068)|
|Europe||3,045,709 (137,124)||206,282 (2,359)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Europe’s average count of coronavirus-related deaths overtook Asia’s in early March, with Italy, Spain and the UK becoming the global hotspots. From mid-April the focus shifted to the US, where the number of deaths has remained consistently high, with the country currently accounting for 17 percent of global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.