CAPE TOWN – The global coronavirus cases have increased by 10 million in just a month. More than 1.11 million people have lost their lives around the world from Covid-19 so far.
As of 21 October the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide had surpassed 40 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the US still leads the world in the number of Covid-19 cases with over 8.15 million, while deaths are at almost 220,000.
Followed by India, where more than 7.55 million people contracted the virus with a death toll of over 114,600. Brazil has more than 5.22 million cases and a death toll exceeding 153,600.
The most severely-affected countries by the pandemic include Russia with about 1,5 million cases, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, Peru, France and Mexico with nearly 1 million cases.
The World Health Organization has warned that intensive care units in several European cities could soon be overwhelmed if governments and citizens do not adhere to mitigation measures.
Meanwhile, in the African continent the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have surpassed the 1,6 million mark. In a statement this week, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic were nearing the 40 000 mark.
A previous WHO estimate calculated that about one in 10 of the world’s population around 780 million people in total have contracted the virus. That’s nearly 20 times the official number of cases currently reported.
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