Coronavirus — 18 Million Cases, 692,000 Deaths Worldwide

  • The United States continues to lead the world in cases and deaths.
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, the new Coronavirus has killed more than 200,000 people.
  • With 503,290 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 8,000 deaths, South Africa is the country most affected by the epidemic on the continent.

Recent data revealed that the number of people infected with the Coronavirus rose to about 18 million, while deaths rose to about 686,000 cases. Meanwhile, as of Saturday evening, local time, the United States counted more than 62,000 new infections with the new Coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2). As of 3 August 2020, more than 178 million cases of COVID‑19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 687,000 deaths; more than 10.6 million people have recovered.

It is the fifth consecutive day of the United States recording terrifying daily numbers, of more than 60,000 cases. According the Johns Hopkins University census in Baltimore, Maryland, a total of 1,051 deaths from the illness were reported on Saturday. This brings the total number of infections in the United States to more than 4.6 million, in addition to 154,319 deaths

The United States continues to lead the world in cases and deaths. Globally, the total confirmed cases of the deadly virus crossed 18 million, according to Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News. The data showed that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has killed more than 685,000 people.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, the new Coronavirus has killed more than 200,000 people, about 75 percent of them in Brazil (93,563 deaths) and Mexico (47,472 deaths), according to a census drawn up by Agence France-Presse and official sources on Sunday at 8:30 GMT.

With the death toll reaching 200,212 deaths, the continent of Latin America and the Caribbean has become the second most affected region in the world by COVID-19, behind Europe (210,435 deaths, 3,189,322 infections). Some experts consider that the number of deaths officially announced in a number of countries in the region is less than the reality.

In South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged his citizens to continue to be cautious and adapt to the measures necessary to limit the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic, with confirmed infections in the country exceeding 500,000, according to Bloomberg News Agency on Sunday.

In this context, Ramaphosa said in a statement posted on the website of the presidency:

“We must remain vigilant so that we do not have any other cases of coronavirus in our country. If we don’t do that, there will be a risk that infections will reappear in those areas, as the virus is now stabilizing.”

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic spread to Germany on 27 January 2020, when the first case was confirmed and contained near Munich, Bavaria. As of August 1, Germany has reported 211,257 cases, 9,226 deaths and 193,600 recoveries.

With 503,290 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 8,000 deaths, South Africa is the country most affected by the epidemic on the continent.

In Germany, the Robert Koch Institute announced Sunday morning that the health offices in Germany recorded 240 new cases of the emerging coronavirus within one day. The institute pointed out that the number of infections with the virus rose to 209,893 at least in Germany since the outbreak of the virus began.

In light of this, Markus Söder, Minister President of the German state of Bavaria, expressed his belief that soccer fans should not be allowed to return to the stands at the beginning of the new football season next month because the number of coronavirus infections is increasing again.

“I doubt that we can make a decision on further easing of the preventive and precautionary measures in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus infections in August. Although I am a soccer fan, I am very skeptical,” Zoder said in comments to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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