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Global Covid-19 Update - December 14

Your Summary of Worldwide Data, News, Research, and Government Updates Brought to you by Silverseal

Situation Report

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, with over 70 million confirmed cases by mid-December.

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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with over 72 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and more than 1.6 million deaths and 47,334,000 recoveries.

Total Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the world, with the US, India and Brazil remaining as the top three most heavily affected countries. Daily increases in the number of new confirmed cases are observed in both the US and Brazil, while declining in India. Despite the decrease in India’s daily cases, concerns rise over the seasonal deterioration of the air quality within Northern India’s urban areas and its potential to worsen the outcome for those with Covid-19.

On Saturday 11 December, 2020 the US Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Pfizer plans to have 6.4 million doses ready for the US in its first rollout round due in late December.

In Europe, Ireland’s pace of Covid-19 infections is increasing and a cause for concern, two weeks after the government rolled back a nationwide lockdown. The rolling five-day average of cases is back to more than 300 after declining for weeks. Covid-19 patients in intensive-care units in France increased for the first time in almost four weeks, rising by 10 to 2,871, according to the Health Ministry. Hospitalisations for illness related to the virus, which include ICUs, climbed by 259, the most in three weeks. In Germany, cases continue to surge with over 23,600 new coronavirus cases reported, and a record number of nearly 600 daily deaths reported earlier this week. In the UK, London is set to be placed under Tier 3 rules from midnight tomorrow, December 16, as the government scrambles to contain a sharp spike in coronavirus cases.

Africa has recorded more than two million cases, although the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. South Africa, with more than 800,000 cases and more than 23,000 deaths, is still the worst affected country on the continent. Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia and Tunisia are the only other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases.

Global Numbers

Total New Cases and Deaths


REGION Cases (Total, New) Deaths (Total, New)
Global 73,041,670 (5,391,182) 1,625,471 (79,657)
Africa 2,403,022 (124,749) 56712 (2,727)
North America 19,445,925 (1,831,943) 452,782 (23,987)
South America 11,970,121 (428,922) 340,122 (7,633)
Asia 19,178,309 (1,575,150) 313,619 (10,667)
Europe 19,996,985 (1,429,766) 461,187 (34,630)


Confirmed Cases by Country (including recovered)

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, focus shifted to the US, where the number of deaths has remained consistently high, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.

Latin America then became the epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for almost a half of deaths each day. However, a recent surge of cases in Europe means Covid-19 remains very much a global pandemic.

Covid-19 Breakdown by Continent

Confirmed Cases Including Recoveries
Confirmed Deaths