Global Covid-19 Update - October 5
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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 more than 35 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 has also recorded almost 7.5 million cases. They include US President Donald Trump who has now left hospital after testing positive for coronavirus on 1 October. The number of daily tests has risen, with more than one million carried out several times since 19 September, according to the US-based Covid Tracking Project. Deaths have declined, though, with the seven-day average for deaths remaining below 1,000 since the end of August.
Coronavirus cases have risen over the last few months in several regions and the World Health Organization (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 11,000 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 more than 800,000 infections.
In the Middle East, cases in Iraq have been rising steadily since June, with the country fast approaching 400,000 cases.
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, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco and Ethiopia have seen the largest recorded outbreaks so far on the continent.
France, Belgium and the Netherlands have recorded record daily cases after seeing new infections decline slightly over recent days. A technical glitch in the UK meant nearly 16,000 cases of coronavirus went unreported between 25 September and 2 October. They were then included in Saturday and Sunday’s figures.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||35,802,365 (2,430,741)||1,049,966 (46,630)|
|Africa||1,529,227 (60,328)||36,709 (1,481)|
|North America||9,209,214 (463,896)||319,649 (11,910)|
|South America||8,336,775 (417,368)||262,683 (13,931)|
|Asia||11,222,050 (889,455)||203,768 (13,611)|
|Europe||5,472,931 (599,294)||226,210 (5,680)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Latin America is the current epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for almost 40 percent 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 per cent of global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.