Global Covid-19 Update - September 21
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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 31 million confirmed cases in 188 countries and a death toll fast approaching one million.
Six months after the World Health Organisation (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.
A number of regions have seen new coronavirus cases rise over the last few months, with India driving numbers in Asia. The virus appears to be spreading much faster in India than elsewhere, with the country recording about 90,000 cases a day. The rise in infections comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy, but the surge is also a reflection of increased testing. The official number of confirmed infections in India has surpassed five million, the second-highest in the world after the US.
In Latin America, Brazil has the highest number of deaths, with nearly 140,000 so far. It has also recorded more than 4.5 million cases, the third highest in the world. Newly confirmed cases in the region are also rising in Argentina, which recently became the tenth country to record more than half a million infections.
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. South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest recorded outbreaks so far on the continent.
In Europe, Several European countries are recording a rising number of daily cases amid fears of a resurgence of the virus. 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. The pattern of rising infections following the loosening of lockdown restrictions is not limited to Europe.
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 Peru 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||31,458,582 (2,111,282)||968,378 (37,460)|
|Africa||1,420,221 (57,358)||34,133 (1,392)|
|North America||8,396,145 (388,729)||299,176 (9,141)|
|South America||7,554,603 (429,762)||238,658 (10,330)|
|Asia||9,572,.709 (858,214)||178,842 (12,690)|
|Europe||4,483,610 (376,658)||216,667 (3,870)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Latin America is the current epicentre of the pandemic, with the region accounting for almost 40 per cent 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.