Global toll rises to 8,20,180

Cases, deaths slow in most regions: WHO

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 00:17, Aug 27,2020


The novel coronavirus has killed at least 8,20,180 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Wednesday.

At least 2,39,50,580 cases have been registered. Of these, at least 1,53,40,900 are now considered recovered.

On Tuesday, 6,169 new deaths and 2,49,893 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports,  the countries with the most new fatalities were Brazil with 1,271 new deaths, followed by the United States with 1,132 and India with 1,059.

The United States is the worst-hit country with 1,78,524 deaths from 57,79,395 cases. At least 20,53,699 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,16,580 deaths from 36,69,995 cases, Mexico with 61,450 deaths from 5,68,621 cases, India with 59,449 deaths from 32,34,474 cases, and the United Kingdom with 41,449 deaths from 3,27,798 cases.

China has to date declared 84,996 cases, including 4,634 deaths and 80,015 recoveries.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 2,64,009 deaths from 68,70,822 cases, Europe 2,13,747 deaths from 37,94,310 infections, and the United States and Canada 1,87,650 deaths from 59,05,364 cases.

Asia has reported 90,835 deaths from 47,13,006 cases, the Middle East 35,078 deaths from 14,34,459 cases, Africa 28,274 deaths from 12,04,600 cases, and Oceania 587 deaths from 28,026 cases.

As a result of corrections by national authorities or late publication of data, the figures updated over the past 24 hours may not correspond exactly to the previous day’s tallies.

The coronavirus pandemic is still raging worldwide, but fresh World Health Organisation data indicates its pace is easing in most regions, with the biggest slowdown seen in the hard-hit Americas.

More than 1.7 million new coronavirus cases and some 39,000 new deaths were recorded last week, the WHO said in a situation report published late Monday.

The numbers for the seven-day period ending on August 23 mark a five-per cent decrease in new COVID-19 cases globally and a 12-per cent drop in new deaths compared to a week earlier.

With the exception of Southeast Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean, all regions registered declines in new numbers, the UN health agency said.

The Americas remain by far the hardest-hit in the pandemic, accounting last week for half of all newly reported cases and 62 per cent of deaths.

But the region also saw the biggest slowdown, with the number of new cases decreasing 11 per cent and new deaths falling 17 per cent from a week earlier, driven in part by reduced transmission reported from the United States and Brazil — the world’s two worst-affected countries, the data showed.

The WHO meanwhile cautioned that several countries and territories in the Caribbean had reported large increases in cases, and suggested this could be linked to growing tourism.

WHO’s Southeast Asia region — the second-most affected — accounted for 28 per cent of all new cases and 19 per cent of all new deaths reported globally last week, with both categories swelling four per cent compared to a week earlier, the data showed.

India continues to report the vast majority of confirmed cases and deaths in that WHO region, with 4,55,000 new cases last week. That brought its total to well over three million and with more than 6,700 new deaths pushed its toll up to over 56,700.

In the Eastern Mediterranean region too the number of cases continued to climb last week, rising four per cent from a week earlier, but new deaths in the region dipped for the sixth week in a row.

Meanwhile in Europe, where the number of new cases has been steadily climbing in recent weeks, the pace slowed slightly, by one per cent last week, the data showed.

New fatalities in Europe continued to slow, falling a full 12 per cent compared to a week earlier.

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