Global Covid-19 Update - November 2
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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 40 million confirmed cases by mid-October.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with approaching 47 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and more than 1.2 million deaths.
The virus is surging in many regions and some countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again.
Cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. Spain, France 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. The Czech Republic is now one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, with a high number of cases relative to the size of its population.
These latest increases are concerning because many countries felt they had brought infections under control in the summer. Lockdowns and other restrictions have been introduced in some of the worst-affected regions, in an effort to control the latest surge in infections.
The pattern of rising infections following the loosening of spring lockdown restrictions is not limited to Europe, though.
Israel imposed a new national lockdown after recording record numbers of daily cases in late September. Towards the end of October, it began lifting restrictions again but has delayed reopening many businesses
Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Canada and Russia.
In Latin America, Brazil has more than 5.5 million confirmed cases, although the number of daily new infections is thought to be slowing. Argentina and Colombia are two of only nine countries to record more than one million cases – and daily cases are rising in both. Mexico is also fast approaching a million cases, but has a much higher death toll, with more than 91,000 dead.
In the Middle East, cases in Iraq have been rising steadily since June, with the country having recorded more than 400,000 cases in total. However, there are signs cases may now be levelling off.
Africa has recorded more than 1.8 million confirmed cases, although the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low.
The US has recorded more than 230,000 deaths from coronavirus – the world’s highest official death toll. It also has the highest number of confirmed cases, with more than nine million so far. Last week the US has recorded its highest-ever figures for newly-confirmed cases.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||47,485,473 (3,548,567)||1,213,778 (48,073)|
|Africa||1,814,831 (74,271)||43,476 (1,777)|
|North America||11,425,827 (686,845)||354,428 (9,433)|
|South America||9,741,811 (332,974)||296,489 (8,268)|
|Asia||13,898,440 (615,593)||246,811 (10,091)|
|Europe||10,564,953 (1,836,564)||271,580 (18,282)|
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. Latin America is accounting for three in ten of all deaths each day. This has been fuelled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil, Mexico and several other countries in Central and South America. A recent surge in India, however, means it has become the most-affected country by daily average deaths.