The seven-day average for new daily cases has been over a quarter of a million for two weeks.
Brazil has recorded more than three million cases and 100,000 deaths, second only to the United States, which is by far the most affected country with more than five million cases and 160,000 deaths.
However, India’s mortality rate remains relatively low, according to JHU data. India has about three deaths per 100,000 or just over 44,000 in total, compared to almost 67 deaths per 100,000 or more than 46,000 in the UK, which has the highest mortality rate in the 20 most affected countries.
The UK is among several European countries that are seeing new infection clusters amid fears of a second wave. Home arrest warrants have been placed in parts of the north of England where outbreaks have been identified. The UK registered 1,113 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total to more than 310,000.
Spain saw a rapid increase in case numbers last week, with 4,507 new cases registered on Friday. Daily figures have reached levels not seen since its state of emergency ended on June 21, with the country reporting more than 314,000 cases and 28,000 deaths in total.
France’s leading scientists warned last week that its situation is “fragile” and could “change course at any time in a less controlled scenario such as Spain”. Paris has introduced mandatory wearing of masks in outdoor areas as daily national affairs reached 3,897 on Friday – the highest since May. Belgium has also seen a fresh boost – its average weekly number of new infections rose 62% in the last week of July compared to last week, according to the country’s health authorities.
Africa confirmed more than a million Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to a CNN report based on JHU data.
South Africa has more than half of the continent’s reported cases, with more than 550,000 confirmed infections, the fifth highest number worldwide and more than 10,000 deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, warned on Thursday that the lack of testing across Africa remains an “ongoing and worrying challenge”.
Covid-19 is now spreading among young people globally, with the percentage of cases among teens and adults increasing sixfold, and in young children and infants sevenfold, the WHO said. The increase could be explained by broader testing, greater detection of milder cases and shifting of hotspot demographics, but “an increase in risky behavior following the easing of public health and social measures” is also to blame, he said. agency.
“Behind these statistics is a great pain and suffering,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva on Monday.
Tedros cited countries like New Zealand and Rwanda as examples of countries that are doing well in the fight against Covid-19.
New Zealand celebrated 100 days without community broadcasting while Rwanda is seeing progress thanks to similar steps, he said. Testing and treatment are free, people who test positive and all their potential contacts are visited and tested by health workers.
“I know many of you are sad, and this is a difficult time for the world,” Tedros said. “But I want to be clear: There are green jumps of hope and it does not matter where a country, a region, a city or a town will be – it is never too late to turn the blast.”