GLOBAL COVID-19 UPDATE – JULY 6
Your summary of worldwide data, news, research and government updates – brought to you by Silverseal UK – As of 6th July 2020
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.
World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned that the fight against the virus is “not even close to being over,” adding: “Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up.”
The WHO says the pandemic has not yet reached its peak in Central and South America, where Brazil has been the worst-hit so far. It is only the second country in the world, after the US, to have confirmed more than one million cases and its death toll stands at more than 60,000.
India now has the third highest number of confirmed cases in the world, and its healthcare system is under increasing strain.
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 has seen a renewed surge in cases, and on Sunday confirmed a record 163 deaths in a single day. Israel has also seen a surge in cases since easing restrictions at the end of May. And the border between the Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria is set to close after a spike in cases centred on a number of areas in Melbourne.
In Europe, the UK, Italy, Spain and France, along with others, have passed the peak of infections, with the number of new confirmed cases and deaths falling. But as many countries ease restrictions, there are fears that the region could see a second surge in infections. The risk of a “second wave” of infections requiring the reintroduction of lockdowns is moderate to high, according to the EU agency that monitors infectious diseases.
The UK has reported more than 44,000 deaths so far, the highest number in Europe. Italy has the second highest death toll in the region with nearly 35,000, while France is about 30,000 and Spain is just behind on 28,000.
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 11 per cent of global deaths. Latin America has recently seen its share increase to more than half of new deaths, fuelled by a surge in Covid-19 fatalities in Brazil.
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