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Global Covid-19 Update - November 16

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 50 million confirmed cases by November.

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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 50 million confirmed cases in 191 countries and about 1.3 million deaths.

Cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. Spain, France, Italy and the UK have all recorded more than one million cases, and several others are seeing their highest number of new infections since the start of the pandemic. However, Europe may have beaten the second wave of Covid-19 due to strict national lockdowns, new data suggests. Nations across the continent have shutdown over the last six weeks following a spike in cases in September. However, infection numbers are either falling or flatlining in most of the countries which chose to re-introduce lockdowns. And the data shows that the likes of Italy and Spain who did not shutdown are seeing infection rates surge. France, which has been in lockdown since October 30, has seen its daily coronavirus infection rate fall from 730 per million people to 508 per million.

The pattern of rising infections following the loosening of spring lockdown restrictions is not limited to Europe, though. South Korea reported 208 new coronavirus cases as of midnight on Saturday (Nov 14), marking the eight straight day of triple-digit increases, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Sunday. That was slightly higher than the previous day’s 205 new infections and the highest since early September. Of the cases, 176 were domestically transmitted and 32 imported. Nearly 70 per cent of the locally transmitted cases were from Seoul and Gyeonggi.

In Latin America, Brazil has nearly six million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll, although the number of daily new infections has slowed. Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have also recorded more than one million cases, with Peru likely to pass that milestone soon.

In the Middle East, both Iran and Jordan have seen the number of daily infections rise sharply in recent weeks.

Officials in the United States have reported more than 11 million total cases of coronavirus as of Sunday, as the country’s outbreaks lead to agonising new levels of hospitalisations. Cases passed 10 million just a week ago, and more than 1 in 400 Americans have tested positive since. The latest virus surge began accelerating across much of the country in mid-October. It took just over two weeks for the nation to go from eight million cases to nine million on Oct. 30; from nine to 10 million took only 10 days. The country logged more than 159,100 new cases on Saturday, the third highest total of the pandemic, raising the new seven-day average to more than 145,000, with upward trends in 48 states and an 80 percent increase in new cases from the average two weeks ago. Hospitalisations are nearly 69,000, just below the record of 69,455 set on Saturday. Michigan and Washington State announced strict new restrictions on Sunday, joining a growing list of states that have reimposed tough measures as the virus rages across the country.

Global Numbers

Total New Cases and Deaths

REGION Cases (Total, New) Deaths (Total, New)
Global 55,007,049 (3,078,799) 1,327,136 (45,397)
Africa 1,988,966 (71,902) 47,451 (1,413)
North America 13,416,945 (886,168) 377,378 (9,367)
South America 10,359,430 (283,204) 310,055 (5,892)
Asia 15,149,997 (511,249) 267,439 (8,283)
Europe 14,048,847 (1,325,460) 328,804 (25,441)


Confirmed Cases by Country (including recovered)

Confirmed Deaths by Country

Europe’s average count of coronavirus-related deaths overtook Asia’s in early March, with Italy, Spain and the UK becoming the global hotspots. 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 southern and western states.

Latin America then became the epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for about one quarter of deaths each day. However, a recent surge in India, combined with a second wave of cases in Europe means Covid-19 remains very much a global pandemic.

Covid-19 Breakdown by Continent

Confirmed Cases Including Recoveries
Confirmed Deaths