Global Covid-19 Update -July 15
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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, reaching 10 million confirmed cases towards the end of June.
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Europe and North America saw the first major outbreaks in April but as they began to ease, Latin America and Asia started seeing an increase in cases.
North America has seen a resurgence of infections in recent weeks, mostly driven by new outbreaks in the US, but Mexico has also seen an increasing numbers of cases.
The head of the Pan American Health Organisation, Dr Carissa Etienne says there is no doubt Central and South America have become the epicentre of the pandemic. She says coronavirus is spreading “exponentially” in many areas of the region and the peak of the crisis could be some weeks away.
Brazil has been the worst-hit so far with a death toll of more than 72,000. Mexico now has the world’s fourth largest death toll with more than 35,000 deaths from almost 300,000 confirmed cases. Colombia has announced it is extending its nationwide lockdown by more than two weeks after reported cases and deaths accelerated in several cities.
India now has more almost 850,000 confirmed cases, the third highest number in the world, and saw its biggest spike on Saturday with over 27,000 cases reported in 24 hours. The current surge in cases comes despite an earlier nationwide lockdown that lasted more than two months. Nearly a dozen Indian states have now re-imposed partial lockdowns.
South Africa and Egypt have seen the largest outbreaks so far in Africa. But testing rates are reported to be extremely low in some parts of the continent so this could be distorting official estimates of how far the virus has spread. South Africa has seen a doubling of confirmed cases over the last two weeks. The government has introduced new restrictions, including another ban on alcohol sales to take the pressure off the healthcare system.
Previous pandemics have unfolded in “waves” of infections, with fresh outbreaks recurring after the initial peak subsides. Health experts think Covid-19 may follow a similar pattern, but there is no firm agreement on what exactly constitutes a second wave.
Iran saw a renewed surge in cases in May and June, but they have steadied in recent weeks. There has also been a surge in cases in Israel since restrictions were eased at the end of May. In Australia, the city of Melbourne has now begun a second lockdown after a recent spike in infections, with residents barred from leaving home for six weeks, except for essential reasons.
Total New Cases and Deaths
|REGION||Cases (Total, New)||Deaths (Total, New)|
|Global||13,082,757 (52,538)||572,553 deaths (1,311)|
|Africa||599,347 (1,111)||13,308 (23)|
|South America||2,894,632 (1,008)||105,223 (67)|
|Asia||2,992,827 (33,322)||71,027 (741)|
|Europe||2,580,480 (9,495)||196,739 (173)|
Confirmed Deaths by Country
Europe’s average count of coronavirus-related deaths overtook Asia in early March, with Italy, Spain and the UK becoming the new global hotspots. From mid-April the focus shifted to the US where the number of deaths remained consistently high, and currently accounts for 12 per cent of global deaths. Latin America has recently seen its share increase to more than half of new deaths, fueled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil and Mexico.