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Global cases of the coronavirus are now over 45million, with the USA passing the 9 million mark and India passing the 8million mark. An estimated 461, 263 new cases were recorded world over and 5,741 fatalities were also recorded to bring the total number of deaths to approximately 1,18 million.
The US is adding an average of more than 74,000 new Covid-19 cases to the national total every day — a record high in a pandemic that experts say is likely to worsen. The seven-day average is part of a fall surge that has brought the national case count to more than 9,1 million. Four of the five highest number of cases in a single day were recorded in the past seven days, with the top two reported on Friday and Saturday. And 41 states are reporting at least 10% more cases compared to the week before.
India surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases Thursday after reporting 49,871 new infections in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country’s total caseload now stands at 8,088,046 which includes more than 7.3 million recoveries and 121,131 deaths. Globally, India is behind only the United States in the number of infections. Daily case numbers in India have been dropping to the lowest levels in three months, with a slower than expected rise in recent weeks. It took 18 days for India to go from 7 million recorded cases to the 8 million mark, compared to the 13 days it took to reach 6 million and 11 days to hit 7 million cases.
The spread of the coronavirus continues to increase across all parts of England with cases doubling every nine days, according to a new study by Imperial College, putting pressure on the government to introduce more drastic lockdown restrictions. The pandemic has killed more than 45 675 people in Britain, the highest death toll in Europe.
Russia reported 17,717 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, setting a new record in daily increases since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the country’s coronavirus response center. Russia also reported a new record number of coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, with 366 people dying. The total number of coronavirus cases in Russia as of October 29 is 1,581,693 with an overall death toll of 27,301.
Germany reported 16,774 new coronavirus infections for the past 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began, according to the country’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This is the second consecutive day the number of new infections have reached a new high in Germany. Yesterday, 14,964 cases were reported. Germany’s total caseload now stands at 481,013. The country’s coronavirus death toll also rose by 89 on Wednesday to reach 10,272, according to the RKI. On Wednesday night, the German government decided to implement wide-ranging lockdown measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
Mexico has confirmed another 495 coronavirus-related deaths, meaning that as of Wednesday, at least 90,308 people have been killed by the virus in the country since the pandemic began. Mexico already has the fourth-highest Covid-19 death toll of any country, but officials here have long said the actual number of people who have died from the virus is likely higher than reported due to lack of testing.
Taiwan on Thursday marked 200 straight days without recording any locally transmitted Covid-19 infections, according to the Taiwanese Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The island, which last saw a new local case on April 12, has recorded 554 total coronavirus infections — just 55 of them locally transmitted, according to the CDC.
COVID-19 cases are accelerating in some parts of Africa and governments should step up preparations for a second wave, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. Over the past four week, cases have increased by 45% per week on average in Kenya, by 19% in Democratic Republic of Congo and by 8% in Egypt, the African Union-run organisation’s head John Nkengasong said. There have been 41 776 deaths among the 1.74 million people reported infected with the virus, according to a Reuters tally based on official data as of Thursday morning. Beginning in August, many governments eased restrictions, however, and a trend of decreasing cases has flattened, Matshidiso Moeti, Africa director for the WHO said in an online press conference on Thursday.
South Africa has recorded 2 056 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of detected cases to 721 770 . In a statement, the Health Department reported 53 COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths to 19 164. The recoveries now stand at 649 935 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
29 new cases were reported in Zimbabwe, to bring the total number of cases to 8,349. No deaths were reported and so the death toll remains at 242. Recoveries are at 7,864 which translates to a 94% recovery rate.
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