Global Covid-19 Update -July 20

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Situation Report

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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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.  

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.

On Saturday, 18 June, the WHO said the number of new cases had risen by almost 260,000 in the previous 24 hours – the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began.

Latin America has now become the epicentre of the pandemic.

In Asia, India has now surpassed one million cases and several states have re-imposed partial lockdowns just weeks after the two-month nationwide lockdown was ended.

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, which could be distorting official estimates of how far the virus has spread.

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. Although a number of countries have seen a rise in infections after appearing to have the virus under control, they may still be in the first stages of the outbreak. And rising cases may sometimes be down to increased testing.

Iran, which has suffered the worst outbreak in the Middle East, saw a surge in cases in May and June. Schools, universities and mosques and other public places have been closed in the capital Tehran.

There has also been a second rise in cases in Israel since restrictions were eased at the end of May.

In Australia, the city of Melbourne is back in lockdown after a recent spike in infections and residents have been told to wear masks when leaving their homes.

Meanwhile, Japan’s capital Tokyo has seen record numbers of cases in recent days, driving a second surge nationwide.

Global Numbers

Total New Cases and Deaths

REGIONCases (Total, New)Deaths (Total, New)
Global14,683,830  (49,009)609,740 (1,181)
Africa725,516 (646)15,228 (18)
North America4,572,446 (8,626)196,658 (341)
South America3,266,959 (1,660)117,938 (47)
Asia3,426,048 (28,799)80,531 (636)
Europe2,678,390 (9,009)199,225 (138)

Confirmed Cases by Country (including recovered)

Confirmed Deaths by Country (including recovered)

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 14 per cent of global deaths. Latin America has recently seen its share increase to nearly half of new deaths, fueled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil and Mexico.

Covid-19 Breakdown by Continent

Confirmed Cases Including Recoveries

Confirmed Deaths