Global Covid-19 Update - January 25
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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 nearly 100 million confirmed cases by mid-January and over 2 million deaths.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with almost 100 million confirmed cases in 191 countries and more than 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 53 countries administering vaccines and publishing rollout data, 43 are high-income nations and 10 are middle-income. None are low-income nations. Some countries have secured more vaccine doses than their populations’ need, while other lower-income countries are relying on the global vaccine plan known as Covax, which is seeking equitable distribution. The US and China have given the most doses overall the US more than 20 million and China more than 15 million while the UK has administered more than six million doses. 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 41, 25 and 10 doses per 100 people respectively.
The US has recorded more than 25 million cases and more than 420,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. There are about 113,000 people in hospital with Covid-19 in the US, 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 nearly nine million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll.
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, the number of new daily cases is starting to fall, after a 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 10.6 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 3.2 million cases, but the true extent of the pandemic in many African countries is not known as testing rates are low. Another variant of the disease spreading in South Africa is thought to share some similarities with the new UK strain, including being more easily transmissible.
South Africa, with about 1.4 million cases and more than 39,000 deaths, is the worst affected country on the continent, according to official figures.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Africa||3,457,901 (177,005)||85,346 (6,258)|
|North America||29,385,716 (1,421,635)||620,724 (33,118)|
|South America||15,287,808 (634,864)||402,138 (13,622)|
|Asia||22,615,425 (521,000)||365,177 (7,899)|
|Europe||29,066,084 (1,505,136)||666,402 (37,931)|
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 a global pandemic.