Global Covid-19 Update -July 27
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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, reaching 10 million confirmed cases towards the end of June.
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The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said the coronavirus pandemic is “easily the most severe” global health emergency the organisation has ever declared and that it “continues to accelerate”. However, he has also pointed out that, though the virus has been detected in 188 countries, almost half of all cases reported so far were from just three: the US, Brazil and India.
Latin America is now the epicentre of the pandemic. Brazil is the worst-hit in the region so far, with more than 85,000 deaths. WHO emergencies expert, Mike Ryan, has said that whilst the number of Covid-19 cases is no longer rising exponentially in Brazil, the country was “still very much in the middle of this fight.”
Colombia, which has seen more than 8,000 deaths, extended its nationwide lockdown after infections accelerated in several cities.
In Asia, India has seen almost 1.5 million cases and several states re-imposed partial lockdowns just weeks after a two-month nationwide lockdown was ended. On Monday, the country announced a record number of new cases, with almost 50,000 confirmed cases in 24 hours.
South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest outbreaks so far in Africa. But testing rates are reported to be extremely low in some parts of the continent, which could be distorting official estimates of how far the virus has spread. A report by the South African Medical Research Council suggests that country’s death toll could be much higher than reported.
Previous pandemics have unfolded in “waves” of infections, with fresh outbreaks recurring after the initial peak subsides. Health experts think Covid-19 may follow a similar pattern, but there is no firm agreement on what exactly constitutes a second wave.
Spain has seen a surge in new cases – reporting more than 900 on Friday. In response the north-eastern region of Catalonia has announced the closure of nightclubs and late-night bars.
The UK has announced a new ban on all but essential travel to the country – and visitors returning to the UK from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days.
There has also been a second rise in cases in Israel since restrictions were eased at the end of May.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||16,482,271 (1,798,441)||653,316 (43,576)|
|Africa||851,201 (125,685)||17,821 (2,593)|
|South America||3,742,366 (475,407)||134,273 (16,335)|
|Asia||3,949,617 (523,569)||90,802 (10,271)|
|Europe||2,788,444 (110,054)||201,611 (2,386)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Europe’s average count of coronavirus-related deaths overtook Asia in early March, with Italy, Spain and the UK becoming the new global hotspots. From mid-April the focus shifted to the US where the number of deaths remained consistently high. Latin America has recently seen its share increase to nearly half of new deaths, fueled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil and Mexico.