Global Covid-19 Update -June 22
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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 May.
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While some countries are starting to see confirmed cases and deaths fall following strict lockdown restrictions, others are still seeing figures rise. A sharp increase in cases in Latin America in the second half of May led the World Health Organisation (WHO) to say the Americas were the new centre of the pandemic. But there have also been new spikes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
On Monday, 22 June, the WHO announced it had recorded the highest one-day increase in total cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 183,000 added in a single day
Brazil, Peru, Chile, Mexico and Ecuador are among the Latin America countries that have seen widespread outbreaks. On Saturday, 20 June, Brazil became the second country in the world, after the US, to confirm more than one million cases of Covid-19 and the death toll in the country is now over 50,000. In Mexico, just under half of all states are still at the highest alert level, as cases continued to surge nationwide. The capital, Mexico City, had planned to reopen businesses this week but with its alert level remaining at “red”, the mayor has extended the current restrictions for another week.
On Sunday, 21 June, India reported more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases – the biggest daily increase since the start of its epidemic, as the country struggles with rising infections. The total number of confirmed cases in India is now more than 425,000 – the fourth highest in the world after the US, Brazil and Russia – and the official number of deaths has passed 13,000. The true number of cases and deaths in the country is thought to be much higher, owing to insufficient testing and reporting issues. Neighbouring Pakistan has also seen its number of infections and deaths rise in recent weeks and the healthcare systems in both countries are under strain.
China is also dealing with dozens of new cases believed to be connected to a Beijing wholesale market, and has imposed lockdown measures on several neighbourhoods. Chinese officials say the virus currently being detected in Beijing is a “European strain”.
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 so this could be distorting understanding of how far the virus has spread.
In Europe, the UK, Italy, Spain and France, along with others, now appear to have passed the peak, with the number of new confirmed cases and deaths falling.
The UK has reported more than 42,000 coronavirus deaths, the highest number in Europe. Italy has the second highest death toll with about 34,000, while both France and Spain are just below 30,000.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||9,079,104 (1,050,258)||471,257 (34,964)|
|Africa||309,856 (63,244)||8,170 (1,599)|
|North America||2,736,374 (249,331)||
|South America||1,779,870 (353,483)||
|Asia||1,922,099 (280,840)||48,628 (7,934)|
|Europe||2,321,090 (103,212)||187,760 (4,657)|
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, and currently accounts for 12 per cent of global deaths. Latin America has recently seen its share increase to almost half of new deaths, fueled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil.