Global Covid-19 Update - September 7
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Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with more than 27 million confirmed cases in 188 countries. More than 880,000 people have lost their lives.
Cases of the disease are continuing to surge in many countries. Some that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks have seen 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.
Latin America and Asia are the continents that currently have the highest number of daily confirmed cases.
In Latin America, Brazil has the highest number of deaths, with more than 126,000 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.
In Asia, India now has the second largest number of confirmed cases in the world, behind the United States, after a recent surge in reported infections. Newly recorded cases have hit 90,000 a day. In August, India saw cases increase by almost two million, the highest single-month rise reported anywhere in the world during the pandemic. 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.
South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest recorded outbreaks so far, with South Africa one of only eight countries in the world to record more than 600,000 confirmed cases.
In Europe, France and Spain have recorded their highest numbers of daily cases since the spring recently, and the WHO has warned of a possible resurgence of the disease in Europe in October and November. Hans Kluge, the director general of the WHO’s Europe office, has likened Covid-19 to a “tornado with a long tail” and warned that rising cases among young people could spread the disease to more vulnerable older people.
Cases in the US have slowed after second surge. The US has had more than six million cases of coronavirus, more than a quarter of the world’s total. It saw an increase in the number of daily cases to record levels in July, but the numbers have fallen since then. With more than 188,000 deaths, the US has the world’s highest death toll.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||27,333,465 (1,881,731)||893,711 (42,080)|
|Africa||1,306,699 (55,425)||31,373 (1,727)|
|North America||7,673,644 (354,063)||280,693 (10,017)|
|South America||6,718,562 (474,241)||218,073 (16,868)|
|Asia||7,793,870 (755,303)||152,625 (10,801)|
|Europe||3,810,623 (241,829)||210,139 (2,555)|
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.
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.