Global Covid-19 Update - November 30
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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 60 million confirmed cases by the end of November.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world with more than 60 million confirmed cases in 190 countries and about 1.5 million deaths.
Daily cases have risen in many European countries since July. Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK have all recorded more than one million cases. But all their numbers have either stabilised or started to fall in recent days. 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. Numbers have also been rising in Ukraine.
In Latin America, Brazil has more than 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 is also approaching that milestone, although daily cases are falling.
In the Middle East, both Iran and Jordan have seen the number of daily infections rise sharply in recent weeks.
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 about 800,000 cases and more than 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.
The US has recorded more than 13.5 million cases and nearly 270,000 deaths from coronavirus, the highest figures in the world. Daily cases have been at record levels since early November and there are now more than 90,000 people in hospital, more than in either of the two previous peaks of the pandemic. One US disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, has said the country could face another surge of cases as Americans return home after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||63,703,224 (4,523,586)||1,476,645 (80,055)|
|Africa||2,188,089 (104,000)||52,096 (2,266)|
|North America||16,210,178 (1,477,271)||409,274 (17,002)|
|South America||11,142,971 (428,947)||325,523 (8,300)|
|Asia||16,798,740 (930,252)||292,651 (13,139)|
|Europe||17,317,424 (1,581,561)||396,096 (39,335)|
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.