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Paris: On January 11, 2020, the first death of the new Corona virus was announced in China. Eight months after the disease that appeared in Wuhan in December 2019, the world recorded more than a million deaths from the pandemic.
A thousand deaths in the first month
The SARS-Cove-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, has spread rapidly in China, especially in Wuhan. Within a month, this country recorded a thousand deaths.
And that toll was worse than the total number of deaths from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that spread in Asia in 2002-2003 and killed 774 people.
Until that time, regions and countries outside mainland China were relatively immune to the virus, which soon began to spread there.
The Philippines recorded the first injuries on February 2 and Hong Kong two days later. They were followed by Japan and France on February 13 and 14.
April is a black month for Europe and the United States
In February, the number of casualties accelerated. By March 11, with the World Health Organization declaring the new Corona virus a “global epidemic”, 4,500 deaths had been recorded worldwide, in 30 countries and regions.
Two thirds of the deaths were still in China, but Italy (800 deaths) and Iran (300 deaths) recorded an acceleration in injuries, and then in deaths.
The daily death toll in Europe and the United States rose rapidly until mid-April, reaching record highs in the second week, with a death rate of more than 4,000 and 2,700 each, respectively.
Currently, the United States is still the country most affected by the epidemic in terms of the number of deaths, with more than 200,000 deaths recorded.
Globally, the week that recorded the largest number of deaths is between April 13 and 19, when more than 7,460 deaths from the virus were officially announced daily. By that time, the number of deaths worldwide had risen to nearly 170,000, double the cases recorded on March 31.
Since the beginning of June, the daily death rate has been around 5,000.
Latin America, the New Focus
In June the epicenter shifted to Latin America and the Caribbean. And between July 15 and August 15, the daily death rate recorded in that region did not drop below 2,500.
Only then did the numbers gradually decrease, reaching an average of 1,900 deaths per day last week.
Brazil became the country with the largest death toll after the United States (more than 140,000 deaths). In terms of population, Peru (975 deaths per million people) and Bolivia (671) are among the worst affected countries worldwide, along with European countries such as Belgium (861) and Spain (668).
In Asia, where there were fewer than 100 deaths per day as of mid-April, the number of deaths is steadily increasing. The continent has crossed a thousand deaths a day almost continuously, since July 20, and is now approaching the threshold of 1,500 deaths (1,407 on average in the last seven days).
And India was the hardest hit, with a toll of 90,000 so far.
Cases are also on the rise in Europe, fueling fears of a possible second wave. New cases of infection on the continent are recording an increase of about 20 percent this week than the previous one, and deaths recorded an increase of 28 percent.
Deaths are rising again in the Middle East (about 330 in the past two weeks, up by 18%).
Africa and Oceania spared
Official statistics show that Africa has been less affected than other continents. The number of deaths has been declining since August (less than 200 deaths per day in mid-September, after it ranged from 400 deaths in early August).
In Oceania, the daily death rate has never exceeded 24 deaths.
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