Global coronavirus cases cross 39.51 million, death toll at 1105938

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 19, 2020

Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 late Friday, a record increase in one day, as much of Europe imposes new restrictions to curb the outbreak, and many USA states are also seeing record highs.

Europe, which succeeded in curbing the first wave of infections, has emerged as a new epicenter of the Coronavirus in recent weeks, reporting an average of 140,000 cases per day over the past week.

The five countries reporting the most deaths in Europe are the United Kingdom (43,429), Italy (36,427), Spain (33,775), France (33,134) and Russian Federation (23,723), according to a Reuters tally.

France reported the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 19,425 infections per day, followed by the United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and the Netherlands in the European countries most affected.

The region now reports about one million new infections every nine days, and more than 6.3 million cases have been reported since the epidemic began.

The major European countries - the United Kingdom, France, Russia, the Netherlands and Spain - accounted for almost half of the new cases in Europe in the week ending October 18, according to a Reuters tally.

Since the first case was reported in China in December 2012, there have been reports of infection in more than 210 countries and territories.

Many European countries are closing schools, canceling elective surgeries, and recruiting medical students as authorities face a resurgence of COVID-19.

Russian Federation is working to transfer students to online learning and northern Ireland Schools close for two weeks and restaurants for four.

In Spain, authorities in Catalonia ordered bars and restaurants to close for 15 days and limited the numbers of people allowed in shops.

Czech Republic It has also switched schools to distance learning and plans to recall thousands of medical students.

Meanwhile, the number of hospital admissions due to coronavirus remained close to a record high in Oklahoma on Saturday, but the number of cases was reported to have risen to 1,195 and the number of deaths to 14.

Poland is stepping up training for nurses and is considering establishing military field hospitals.

Latin America is the worst-affected region with about 27% of total COVID-19 cases followed by Asia, North America and Europe, according to a Reuters analysis.

As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined. This is the highest level the state has experienced during the pandemic and has more than doubled over the past three weeks.

- Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria recorded a single case on Saturday - the lowest daily number since early June - and no deaths, with the state's top health official calling the figures "one-der-ful".

Efforts to develop a vaccine hit snags, with Johnson & Johnson pausing its trial after an unexplained illness in a study participant.

In the past seven days it has registered almost 142,800 new infections, more than the 132,430 registered during the entire two-month lockdown from mid-March to mid-May.

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