Global Covid-19 Update - October 19
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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 over 40 million confirmed cases in 189 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.
Lockdowns return as cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. Belgium has imposed a nationwide curfew and Switzerland has made face-coverings compulsory in indoor public areas from Monday, following France’s imposition of a 21:00 curfew in nine major cities at the weekend. Germany, Italy, Portugal and the UK have all recently recorded their highest number of infections since the start of the pandemic.
The pattern of rising infections following the loosening of lockdown restrictions is not limited to Europe, though.
Israel imposed a new national lockdown after recording record numbers of daily cases in late September, which is expected to be lifted only gradually towards the end of October.
Peru has recently reopened its borders for the first time in seven months. Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Canada and Russia.
In Latin America, Brazil has now passed five million confirmed cases, although the number of daily new infections is thought to be slowing.
In Argentina, cases have been rising quickly – the country now has nearly one million infections.
Cases are also continuing to rise in Indonesia. The country has recorded more than 12,000 deaths – the highest number in South East Asia.
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 1.5 million confirmed cases. South Africa, with more than 700,000 cases and 18,000 deaths, is still the worst affected country on the continent.
The US has recorded more than 220,000 deaths from coronavirus – the world’s highest official death toll. It has more than 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.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||40,685,116 (2,601,738)||1,123,506 (37,462)|
|Africa||1,665,060 (71,741)||39,991 (1,629)|
|North America||10,142,518 (501,990)||335,547 (8,269)|
|South America||9,041,518 (340,043)||280,725 (8,434)|
|Asia||12,611,991 (676,684)||225,691 (10,831)|
|Europe||7,188,800 (1,009,837)||240,582 (8,278)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Latin America is the current epicentre of the pandemic, with the region 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.
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 13 percent of global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.