Global Covid-19 Update -August 24
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 18 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. About 800,000 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 and Asia are the continents that currently have the highest number of daily confirmed cases.
In terms of individual countries, Brazil has the second highest number of cases in the world, after the US. It has recorded more than 114,000 deaths.
Mexico has the second-highest death toll in Latin America with more than 60,000 deaths, and cases have also risen rapidly in Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Venezuela.
In the Middle East, Iran has been badly affected by the virus and cases have also spiked in neighbouring Iraq.
Cases continue to rise in Indonesia, and the country has also recorded more than 6,700 deaths – the highest number in South East Asia.
Africa has recorded more than a million confirmed cases, although the true extent of the pandemic in the continent is not known. Testing rates are reported to be low, which could distort official estimates.
South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest recorded outbreaks so far, with South Africa one of only eight countries in the world to record more than 500,000 confirmed cases.
France, Spain, Italy and Germany have recorded their highest numbers of daily cases since the spring in recent days, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of a resurgence of the disease in Europe. The pattern of rising infections following the end of lockdown restrictions is not limited to Europe.
Other countries that have also seen a recent resurgence of the virus include Israel, Peru, Australia and Japan.
South Korea has also imposed tough restrictions nationwide after a new outbreak which began in the capital Seoul. The country has seen three-figure increases in daily cases in recent days.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||23,647,429 (1,795,191)||813,578 (39,992)|
|Africa||1,193,608 (70,115)||27,856 (2,161)|
|North America||6,952,831 (385,924)||259,559 (12,013)|
|South America||5,767,592 (483,404)||189,285 (13,165)|
|Asia||6,336,780 (659,836)||130,818 (10,319)|
|Europe||3,368,548 (194,293)||205,501 (2,237)|
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.