Global Covid count crosses 5 mn

05/22/2020

 

London/ Johannesburg, May 22: The number of Covid-19 patients crossed the 5 million mark today, with the death toll of 3,27,383 across the world. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December.

While, the US and Europe have been the worst hit so far, new hotspots have emerged over the past couple of weeks. Latin America has overtaken the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily coronavirus cases globally, representing a new phase in the virus’ spread. Brazil’s outbreak worsened on Wednesday and the South American nation could soon have the second-highest number of cases in the world. in Peru, too, there has been a spike in cases and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 1,04,000 on Wednesday.

Several African countries, too, have seen a surge in the number of cases. South Africa could see up to 50,000 coronavirus deaths and as many as 3 million infections by the end of the year, scientific models showed on Thursday.

Cape Town has become the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in SA and one of Africa’s hot spots. The popular tourist destination at the southern tip of Africa had more than 12,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday, representing 63% of South Africa's 19,000 cases and about 10% of Africa’s 95,000 cases.

According to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the African continent needs to test about 10 times the number of people it has already tested for the coronavirus. Director of the body, John Nkengasong says Africa should strive to test at least 1% of the population of 1.3 billion people, or 13 million people, but so far 1.3 million to 1.4 million tests have been conducted.

Africa’s number of virus cases is above 95,000 and could surpass 1,00,000 by the weekend. 

Countries with fragile health systems and a recent history of conflict like Somalia and South Sudan, however, remain “very concerning” as cases rise quickly. Somalia has reported more than 1,500 cases but aid groups worry the real number is far higher. -Agencies

 

 

 

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