Global Covid-19 Update - December 7
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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 60 million confirmed cases by the end of November.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 67 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and more than 1.5 million deaths.
Daily cases have risen in many European countries since July. France has recorded more than two million cases; Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK and Poland have all recorded more than one million cases, but all their numbers have either stabilised or started to fall in recent days.
Elsewhere, Turkey has entered its first full weekend lockdown since May as the number of coronavirus deaths have more than doubled in less than three weeks. Daily infections in this second wave have also dramatically increased to around 30,000 a day in the past week. Iran and Ukraine have also seen cases steadily rising.
In Latin America, Brazil has more than 6.6 million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll. There are concerns the country is now facing a second wave of infections. Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have also recorded more than one million cases. Peru is also approaching that milestone, although daily cases are falling.
India has driven the increase in numbers in Asia, with over 9.6 million confirmed infections, the second-highest official total in the world after the US.
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 about 800,000 cases and more than 22,000 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.
The US has recorded almost 15 million cases and more than 280,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases have been at record levels since early November and there are now almost 100,000 people in hospital, more than in either of the two previous peaks of the pandemic. Most parts of the US state of California are under a strict new lockdown that will cover the Christmas holiday period. Many businesses will be closed, and people will be banned from meeting anyone outside their household.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||67,650,488 (3,947,264)||1,545,814 (69,169)|
|Africa||2,278,273 (90,184)||53,985 (1,889)|
|North America||17,613,982 (1,403,804)||428,795 (19,521)|
|South America||11,541,199 (398,228)||332,489 (6,966)|
|Asia||17,603,159 (804,419)||302,952 (10,301)|
|Europe||18,567,219 (1,249,795)||426,557 (30,488)|
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.