Global Covid-19 Update -August 3
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The virus, which causes the respiratory infection Covid-19, was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019. It then spread quickly across the globe in the first months of 2020, reaching 10 million confirmed cases towards the end of June.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 18 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. Nearly 700,000 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. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the pandemic seems to be unfolding in “one big wave”, with little sign of the seasonal variation seen with other viruses.
Several countries across Europe have reported a recent rise in cases, sparking fears of a resurgence of the disease. The WHO says that increasing infections among young people may be behind the latest outbreaks, following the easing of lockdowns across Europe. France, Belgium and Germany have seen increases, and there have been renewed appeals to the public to maintain social distancing and hygiene rules.
Other countries outside Europe that also appeared to have controlled initial outbreaks, like Israel, Australia and Japan, are now seeing cases rise again.
In Australia, the state of Victoria has introduced new lockdown measures and Melbourne, the country’s second largest city, has imposed a night-time curfew. Non-essential shops will be closed for six weeks from Wednesday as part of the lockdown.
In Latin America, Brazil has the second highest number of cases in the world and has recorded more than 94,000 deaths. Cases have also been rising sharply in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
The US has seen record numbers of new cases in recent weeks and the death toll has also started to rise. The renewed surge is being driven by fresh outbreaks in the south and west of the country, which have seen infection rates go up since states started easing lockdown restrictions at the end of May. The death toll stands at more than 150,000 – almost a quarter of the reported coronavirus deaths around the world.
In Asia, India now has about 1.8 million cases and several states have re-imposed partial lockdowns.
South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest outbreaks so far in Africa, with South Africa becoming only the fifth country in the world to record more than 500,000 confirmed cases. But testing rates are reported to be extremely low in some parts of the continent, which could be distorting official estimates of how far the virus has spread.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||18,278,448 (1,796,177)||693,713 (40,397)|
|Africa||963,222 (112,021)||20,380 (2,559)|
|South America||4,245,677 (503,311)||149,906 (15,633)|
|Asia||4,481,874 (532,257)||100,038 (9,236)|
|Europe||2,908,585 (120,141)||203,923 (2,312)|
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 14 per cent of global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.