Tracking outbreak as Corona deaths pass one million mark

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 00:00 | By
A volunteer sprays disinfectants on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown. Photo/AFP

Coronavirus has now contributed to the deaths of one million people worldwide.

Report of the millionth death arrived just short of 10 months after the first confirmed death, in China in January.

Virus continues its spread across the world, with more than 33 million confirmed cases in 188 countries.

Corona virus is surging in many regions and some countries that had apparent success in suppressing initial outbreaks are also seeing infections rise again.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned the death toll could hit two million before an effective vaccine is widely used.

A number of regions have seen new 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.

Virus appears to be spreading much faster in India than elsewhere, with the country recording about 90,000 cases a day earlier in September.

Official number 

The rise in infections comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy, but the surge is also a reflection of increased testing.

India has maintained a relatively low death rate, however, given the size of its population.

In Latin America, Brazil has the highest number of deaths, with more than 140,000 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 quickly in Argentina, which now has more than 700,000 infections.

In the Middle East, Iran has been badly affected by the virus, and in the past week has confirmed its highest number of new cases since early June. Neighbouring Iraq has seen a steady rise in cases.

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.

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.

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 lockdowns and other restrictions in their worst-affected regions, and there have been fresh 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, though.

Israel has imposed a new national lockdown after recording a record number of daily cases in recent days.

Other countries that have seen a resurgence of the virus include Russia, Peru, South Korea, Canada and Australia - although following the reintroduction of tougher restrictions some of these are now seeing cases fall again.

With more than 200,000 deaths, the US also has the world’s highest death toll. - BBC

More on News