Global coronavirus cases cross 39.51 million, death toll at 1105938

Henrietta Strickland
October 18, 2020

Europe, which has successfully reduced the first outbreak of the infection, has emerged as a new coronavirus hub in recent weeks, reporting an average of 14,000,000 cases per day last week.

As a region, Europe is reporting more daily cases than India, Brazil and the United States combined.

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, which is reporting the highest seven-day average of new cases in Europe with 21,210 infections per day, reported a record 30,621 cases on Thursday, according to the 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.

Several European countries are closing schools, cancelling elective surgeries and enlisting student medics as the authorities face a COVID-19 resurgence.

Russian Federation is taking students to online education and Northern Ireland is closing schools and four restaurants for two weeks.

In Spain, the authorities are in Catalonia Bars and restaurants have been ordered to close for 15 days and restricted the number of people allowed to enter stores. Hospitals are cutting non-urgent medical procedures to free up beds. It reported a record 7,830 new cases on Saturday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

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

Latin America represents the worst-affected region, with about 27 percent of the total Covid-19 cases, followed by Asia, North America and Europe, according to a Reuters analysis. That is the highest level the state has seen during the pandemic and has more than doubled over the past three weeks. India reported 55,342 cases on October 13, the lowest daily increase since August 18.

The daily rate of new coronavirus infections in IN continued to grow at record levels with an update on Saturday from state health officials, who also added 31 more COVID-19 deaths to the state tally.

Efforts to develop a vaccine have also hit snags.

While AstraZeneca's US trial has remained on hold for more than a month.

Meanwhile, India had reported 62,212 new cases on Saturday, the second largest daily increase globally, which has taken the country's total caseload to 7,432,680 as of Saturday, the tally showed.

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