Global Covid-19 Update - October 26
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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 more than 40 million confirmed cases in 189 countries and in excess of 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.
Cases and hospital admissions are now rising fast again in many European countries. Spain and France have become the first western European countries to record more than one million cases, and several others have recorded their highest number of new infections since the start of the pandemic.
Spain has declared a state of emergency and imposed a night-time curfew. Italy has ordered bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas to close. France has imposed a night-time curfew on major cities and on Tuesday the Czech Republic introduced a week-long ban on people leaving their homes between 21:00 and 04:59 each day.
The pattern of rising infections following the loosening of lockdown restrictions is not limited to Europe, though.
Peru has recently reopened its borders for the first time in seven months after seeing a second surge in cases. Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Canada and Russia.
In Latin America, Brazil has passed five million confirmed cases, although the number of daily new infections is thought to be slowing. Argentina has become one of only eight countries to record more than one million cases – and daily cases are still rising.
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 nearly 1.7 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 225,000 deaths from coronavirus – the world’s highest official death toll. New cases hit a record daily high on Friday, with more than 83,000 new infections. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has warned that hospital admission numbers are growing, but mortality rates have fallen since the spring peak of the pandemic due to better patient care. The number of daily cases had slowed in August but the recent rise is driven mostly by renewed outbreaks in the Midwest.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||43,936,906 (3,251,790)||1,165,705 (42,199)|
|Africa||1,740,560 (75,500)||41,699 (1,708)|
|North America||10,738,982 (596,464)||344,995 (9,448)|
|South America||9,408,837 (367,319)||288,993 (8,268)|
|Asia||13,282,847 (670,856)||236,720 (11,029)|
|Europe||8,728,389 (1,539,589)||253,298 (12,716)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
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.
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.