Global Covid-19 Update -August 31
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 25 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. More than 840,000 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 Latin America, Brazil has recorded the highest number of deaths, with about 120,000 so far, and has the second highest number of cases in the world, after the US.
Newly confirmed cases in the region have also risen in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
In Asia, India has recorded about 3.5 million cases and has been averaging more than 70,000 new infections each day recently. The country’s death toll, at more than 63,000, is the world’s fourth highest.
Cases are also continuing to rise in Indonesia and the country has recorded more than 7,000 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 seven countries in the world to record more than 600,000 confirmed cases.
In Europe, France, Spain and Germany have recorded their highest numbers of daily cases since the spring in recent days, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a resurgence of the disease in Europe. A number of countries have re-imposed local lockdowns in their worst-affected regions, and there have been renewed appeals for people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.
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 Peru, Israel, South Korea and Australia.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||25,451,734 (1,804,305)||851,631 (38,053)|
|Africa||1,251,274 (57,666)||29,646 (1,790)|
|North America||7,319,581 (366,750)||270,676 (11,117)|
|South America||6,244,321 (476,729)||201,205 (11,920)|
|Asia||7,038,567 (701,787)||141,824 (11,006)|
|Europe||3,568,794 (200,246)||207,584 (2,083)|
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 nearly one in five global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.