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Global Covid-19 Update - November 23

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 58 million confirmed cases in 191 countries and about 1.4 million deaths.

Daily cases have risen in many European countries since July. Spain, Italy and the UK have all recorded more than one million cases, France more than two million, but their numbers have either stabilised or started to fall in recent days. WHO Europe director Hans Kluge says “there is light at the end of the tunnel, but it will be a tough six months”. He said one person was dying from Covid-19 in Europe every 17 seconds. Lockdowns and other restrictions have been reintroduced in some of the worst-affected regions.

Japan is on “maximum alert” after seeing a record number of daily cases in a third wave of infections. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to do all they could to prevent new infections. The number of new deaths in Japan, however, has remained relatively low. Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Turkey, Canada and Russia.

In Latin America, Brazil has nearly six million confirmed cases and the world’s second highest death toll. There are concerns the country is now facing a second wave of infections.. Argentina, Colombia and Mexico have also recorded more than one million cases, with Peru likely to pass that milestone soon.

India has driven the increase in numbers in Asia, with just over nine million confirmed infections, the second-highest official total in the world after the US.

Africa has recorded more than two million cases, although the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. South Africa, with more than 750,000 cases and almost 21,000 deaths, is still the worst affected country on the continent. Morocco, Egypt and Ethiopia are the only other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases.

North America is currently seeing the steepest rise in new cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that health workers and health systems “are being pushed to the breaking point”. The US has recorded more than 12 million cases and more than 250,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases have been at record levels since early November. On Thursday, November 19, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Americans to avoid travel for the Thanksgiving holiday on 26 November to reduce the risk of infection.

Global Numbers

Total New Cases and Deaths

REGION Cases (Total, New) Deaths (Total, New)
Global 59,179,638 (4,172,589) 1,396,590 (69,454)
Africa 2,084,089 (95,123) 49,830 (2,379)
North America 14,732,907 (1,315,962) 392,272 (14,894)
South America 10,714,024 (354,594) 317,223 (7,168)
Asia 15,868,488 (718,491) 279,512 (12,073)
Europe 15,735,863 (1,687,016) 356,734 (27,930)


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