Global Covid-19 Update -August 17
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 18 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. More than 770,000 people have lost their lives.
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 108,000 deaths. Mexico, the second-most affected country in the region, has recorded more than 56,000 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 one of only seven countries in the world to record more than 500,000 confirmed cases.
Across the continent, there have been more than a million confirmed cases, although the true extent of the pandemic in Africa is not known. Testing rates are reported to be low, which could distort official estimates.
The number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in India has now passed 50,000. The world’s second most populous country has the fourth highest death toll.
India has recorded more than 2.5 million cases so far and has been averaging around 60,000 new infections every day.
Several countries across Europe have reported a recent rise in cases. Spain, which was one of the worst affected countries in the early months of the pandemic, has seen a rise in new cases in recent weeks. In France, the average number of new daily cases there has doubled during the last three weeks to 2,000 a day.
A number of countries have re-imposed localised lockdowns in their worst-affected regions, and there have been renewed appeals for people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules. Among them, Italy has closed nightclubs and made the wearing of face coverings mandatory in public places overnight.
Other countries which appeared to have controlled initial outbreaks, like Israel, Australia, Peru and Japan, have seen cases rise again.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||21,852,238 (1,791,631)||773,586 (38,919)|
|Africa||1,123,493 (70,590)||25,695 (2,361)|
|North America||6,566,907 (445,073)||247,546 (12,685)|
|South America||5,284,188 (533,784)||176,120 (16,391)|
|Asia||5,676,944 (611,197)||120,499 (10,393)|
|Europe||3,174,255 (128,546)||203,264 (-3,018)*|
*Numbers might be lower from previous week due to data corrections from source.
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Latin America is the current epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for almost half of all deaths each day. This has been fuelled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil, Mexico and several other countries in Central and South America.
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 18 per cent of global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.