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Global Covid-19 Update - January 11

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 90 million confirmed cases by mid-January and nearly 2 million deaths.

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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 90 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and nearly two million deaths.

Several coronavirus vaccines have now been approved for use, either by individual countries, or blocs such the EU and WHO. WHO statistics suggest 42 countries have begun rolling out the vaccines – 36 of these are high-income countries, six are middle-income and no low-income.

The US has recorded nearly 20 million cases and more than 375,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases have been at record levels since early November and there are nearly 130,000 people in hospital, double the number in either of the two previous waves. The US has administered seven million vaccine doses to health workers and people who are clinically vulnerable.

In Latin America, Brazil has more than eight 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.

Many European countries saw a resurgence in cases during the autumn, and most brought back lockdowns and other restrictions to curb infections. However the UK is experiencing another steep rise in cases driven by a new, more easily spread, variant of the disease.

Asia was the centre 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 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 three million cases, but the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. Concern is growing about a South African variant of the disease which is thought to share some similarities with the new UK strain, including being more easily transmissible. South Africa, with more than 1.2 million cases and more than 30,000 deaths, is the worst affected country on the continent.

Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Tunisia are the other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases. Kenya is the only other country with close to 100,000 cases.

Global Numbers

Total New Cases and Deaths

 

REGION Cases (Total, New) Deaths (Total, New)
Global

91,302,724 (5,242,657)

1,952,164 (92,669)
Africa 3,095,419 (228,582) 73,491 (5,466)
North America 26,412,685 (2,016,475) 556,857 (31,804)
South America 14,033,622 (654,466) 377,916 (11,726)
Asia 21,555,862 (581,253) 349,449 (7.678)
Europe 26,155,298 (1,761,353) 593,367 (35,992)

 

Confirmed Cases by Country (including recovered)

Confirmed Deaths by Country

Europe’s average count of coronavirus-related deaths overtook Asia’s in early March. 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 other regions of the country.

Latin America became the epicentre of the pandemic in the summer of 2020, with the region accounting for almost a half of deaths each day. However, the surge in Europe since the autumn means Covid-19 remains very much a global pandemic.

Covid-19 Breakdown by Continent

Confirmed Cases Including Recoveries
Confirmed Deaths