Global Covid-19 Update - December 28
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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 80 million confirmed cases by late-December.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 80 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. The share of intensive care unit patients with Covid-19 in the US has been steadily increasing each week since the end of September, according to a data published on Monday by the US Department of Health and Human Services. About 16% of ICU patients had Covid-19 at the end of September, 22% at the end of October and 35% at the end of November. The United States reported December 27, the fourth highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began, according to the Covid Tracking Project (CTP).
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. Cases of the more contagious variant of Covid-19 first identified in the UK have been confirmed in several European countries as well as Canada and Japan. Infections linked to people who arrived from the UK were reported in Spain, Switzerland, Sweden and France. Meanwhile, several EU countries have started to vaccinate people against the virus ahead of a co-ordinated rollout across the whole bloc on Sunday, December27.
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 more than 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 1 million cases and 26,000 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||81,424,810 (3,925,189)||1,777,422 (72,200)|
|Africa||2,682,757 (146,504)||63,007 (3,479)|
|North America||22,507,760 (1,420,753)||498,307 (21,725)|
|South America||12,894,849 (416,328)||356,751 (7,817)|
|Asia||20,430,663 (570,365)||333,230 (9,469)|
|Europe||22,860,137 (1,370,689)||525,059 (29,704)|
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.