Global Covid-19 Update - October 12
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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 30 million confirmed cases by mid-September.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with about 37 million confirmed cases in 188 countries and more than one 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.
The US has recorded more than 210,000 deaths from coronavirus – the world’s highest official death toll. It is also fast approaching eight million confirmed cases. The number of daily cases had slowed in recent weeks but are now rising again, driven mostly by renewed outbreaks in the Midwest.
Coronavirus cases have risen over the last few months in several regions and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned the global death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely in use.
India has driven the increase in numbers in Asia, with the official total of confirmed infections in the country passing six million, the second-highest in the world after the US. The country has, however, maintained a relatively low death rate given the size of its population. Cases are also continuing to rise in Indonesia and the country has recorded more than 12,000 deaths – the highest number in South East Asia.
In Latin America, newly confirmed cases in Argentina have been rising quickly and the country now has nearly 900,000 infections.
In the Middle East, cases in Iraq have been rising steadily since June, with the country fast approaching 400,000 cases. Israel has imposed a new national lockdown after recording a record number of daily cases in recent weeks.
Africa has recorded about 1.5 million confirmed cases, although the true extent of the pandemic there is not known as testing rates are low. South Africa, with some 700,000 cases and 18,000 deaths, is still the worst affected country on the continent. Morocco and Egypt are the only other African countries to officially record more than 100,000 cases.
Cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. France, Belgium and the Netherlands have recorded record daily cases after seeing new infections decline slightly over recent days. In the United Kingdom, Lockdowns and other restrictions have been brought back in the worst-affected regions, and there have been fresh appeals for people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||38,083,378 (2,281,013)||1,086,044 (36,078)|
|Africa||1,593,319 (64,092)||38,362 (1,653)|
|North America||9,640,529 (431,314)||327,278 (7,629)|
|South America||8,701,475 (364,700)||272,291 (9,608)|
|Asia||11,935,307 (713,257)||214,860 (11,092)|
|Europe||6,178,963 (706,032)||232,304 (6,094)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Latin America is the current epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for than one in three 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.
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 the focus shifted to the US, where the number of deaths has remained consistently high, with the country currently accounting for nearly 15 percent of global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.