Global Covid-19 Update - September 28
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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 32 million confirmed cases in 188 countries and a death toll passes one million.
The virus is surging in many regions and some countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again. But 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. As the global death toll passes one million, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned it could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used.
A number of regions have seen new coronavirus cases rise over the last few months, with India driving numbers in Asia. The official number of confirmed infections in India has reached six million, the second-highest in the world after the US. Cases are also continuing to rise in Indonesia and the country has recorded more than 10,000 deaths – the highest number in South East Asia.
The US has recorded more than seven million cases of coronavirus, more than a fifth of the world’s total. Following a second rise in cases in July, numbers fell back in August, but appear to be on the rise again now. With more than 200,000 deaths, the US also has the world’s highest death toll.
In Latin America, Brazil has the highest number of deaths, with nearly 142,000 so far. It has also recorded more than 4.7 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 1.4 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 has imposed a new national lockdown after recording a record number of daily cases in recent days.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||33,371,624 (1,913,042)||1,003,336 (34,958)|
|Africa||1,468,899 (48,678)||35,228 (1,095)|
|North America||8,745,318 (349,173)||307,739 (8,563)|
|South America||7,919,407 (364,804)||248,752 (10,094)|
|Asia||10,332,595 (759,886)||190,157 (11,315)|
|Europe||4,873,637 (390,027)||220,530 (3,863)|
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.