Global Covid-19 Update - January 18
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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 95 million confirmed cases by mid-January and over 2 million deaths.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 95 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and two million deaths.
Several coronavirus vaccines have now been approved for use, either by individual countries, or blocs such the EU and WHO. Of the 52 countries have begun rolling out the vaccines – 41 of these are high-income countries, 10 are middle-income and no low-income. China and the US have given the most doses overall, with than 10 million each, while Israel has administered more than two million. But when breaking the figures down by population, looking at doses administered per 100 people in the 10 countries giving the most vaccinations, Israel, the UAE and the UK top the list. They have administered about 25, 15 and six doses per 100 people respectively.
The US has recorded more than 24 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases have been at record levels since early November and there are more than 124,000 people in hospital, double the number in either of the two previous waves.
In Latin America, there is concern about a new variant of the virus which is spreading rapidly in Brazil. The country 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. In the UK there are some signs that a steep rise in cases driven by a new, more easily spread, variant of the disease may now be over.
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 and India’s vaccination programme has now started.
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 1.3 million cases and more than 37,000 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 that threshold.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Africa||3,280,896 (185,477)||79,088 (5,597)|
|North America||27,964,081 (1,551,396)||587,606 (30,749)|
|South America||14,652,944 (619,322)||388,516 (10,600)|
|Asia||22,094,425 (538,563)||357,278 (7,829)|
|Europe||27,560,948 (1,405,650)||628,471 (35,104)|
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.