Global Covid-19 Update - December 21
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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, with over 70 million confirmed cases by mid-December.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with 77 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and nearly two million deaths.
The US has recorded nearly 20 million cases and more than 300,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases have been at record levels since early November and there are over 100,000 people in hospital, more than in either of the two previous waves.
In Latin America, Brazil has more than seven million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll. The country is currently seeing a second surge in infections. Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have also recorded more than one million cases and all three countries are still seeing very high numbers of daily confirmed cases.
Daily cases had fallen in many European countries during November after some steep rises in October. But in December, cases have once again begun to rise in several countries, including France, Germany and the UK. Many countries have placed temporary bans on arrivals from the UK, because of concerns about the spread of a new variant of coronavirus, which may have led to a rise in cases in parts of the country.
Asia was the center of the initial outbreak, but the number of cases there was relatively low until India saw a surge in infections over the summer. India has recorded 10 million confirmed cases, the second-highest official total in the world after the US, but the daily number has been falling since September.
Africa has recorded more than 2.5 million cases, but the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. South Africa, with more than 900,000 cases and 24,000 deaths, is 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.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||77,499,621 (4,457,951)||1,705,222 (79,751)|
|Africa||2,536,253 (133,231)||59,528 (2,816)|
|North America||21,087,007 (1,641,082)||476,582 (23,800)|
|South America||12,478,521 (508,400)||348,934 (8,812)|
|Asia||19,860,298 (681,989)||323,761 (10,142)|
|Europe||21,489,448 (1,429,463)||495,355 (34,168)|
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.
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.