Global Covid-19 Update - September 14
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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 nearly 30 million confirmed cases by September.
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with nearly 30 million confirmed cases in 188 countries and a death toll fast approaching one million.
Six months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic, the virus is surging in many countries and some that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again. However, the number of confirmed cases during the spring peak is likely to be an underestimate of the true level of infection, as widespread testing was not available in many countries earlier in the year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recorded a record one-day rise in the number of new coronavirus infections on 13 September, with 307,930 reported over 24 hours. The highest number of new infections was recorded in India, which has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world, behind the United States.
In Latin America, Brazil has the highest number of deaths, with more than 130,000 so far. It has also recorded more than four million cases, the third highest in the world. Newly confirmed cases in the region are also rising in Argentina, which now has more than half a million in total.
In Asia, India is recording figures of just under 100,000 cases a day. The government has lifted restrictions to try to boost the economy, but the surge is also a reflection of increased testing – as daily tests have risen and hit more than a million per day in August. Given the size of its population, India has a relatively low death rate from Covid-19. But the death toll has still topped 1,000 every day since the beginning of September. Cases are also continuing to rise in Indonesia and the country has recorded almost 8,000 deaths – the highest number in South East Asia.
Africa has recorded more than a million confirmed cases, although the true extent of the pandemic in the continent is not known. Testing rates are reported to be low, which could distort official estimates, but South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest recorded outbreaks there so far.
In Europe, A number of European countries have re-imposed local lockdowns in their worst-affected regions, and there have been renewed appeals for people to wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.
Israel is to impose a new national lockdown – with tough restrictions coming into effect on Jewish new year on Friday. The country’s second lockdown comes after it started to record more than 4,000 new cases a day in recent weeks.
Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include South Korea and Australia although following the reintroduction of tougher restrictions most of these are now seeing cases fall again.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||29,347,300 (2,013,835)||930,918 (37,207)|
|Africa||1,362,863 (56,164)||32,741 (1,368)|
|North America||8,007,416 (333,772)||290,035 (9,342)|
|South America||7,124,841 (406,279)||228,328 (10,255)|
|Asia||8,714,495 (920,625)||166,152 (13,527)|
|Europe||4,106,952 (296,329)||212,797 (2,658)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Latin America is the current epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for almost half 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 one in five global fatalities, although the focus of the epidemic has shifted from the northeast to southern and western states.