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Global COVID-19 infection toll soars to 19m



… 160,000 deaths in US, 100,000 in Brazil, 10,000 in S’Africa Over 1m infected in Africa

DAILY coronavirus deaths in US surged to a three-month high of over 2,000 on Thursday and the number of cases passed 19 million globally, pushing many nations to further ratchet up restrictions in the battle against the pandemic.

  The world’s hardest-hit country, the United States, has seen a major coronavirus resurgence since the end of June, adding 2,060 deaths in 24 hours alone Thursday, a tracker by Johns Hopkins University showed.

  But other corners of the globe were also marking grim milestones, with Mexico’s official toll soaring above 50,000 dead and the continent of Africa hitting one million confirmed cases.

  More than half of Africa’s infections are in South Africa, which has the fifth highest number of infections in the world, after the US, Brazil, India and Russia.

About 10,000 people have died from the pandemic in South Africa since the pandemic arrived in the country in March, the health ministry said Saturday.

  Nevertheless the African continent remains one of the least affected, according to the official figures, with only Oceania registering fewer COVID-19 cases.

  At least 19,000,553 cases and 712,315 deaths have been registered worldwide.

Official sources showed the toll is driven by surges in Latin America and India.

  The United States has recorded the most deaths with almost 160,000, followed by Brazil with nearly 100,000. Globally, 40 percent of all cases have been notched in the two countries.

  Europe remains the hardest-hit region worldwide with more than 200,000 fatalities since the virus first emerged in China late last year.

  Brazil surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths and three million cases of infection, crossing the grim milestone after President Jair Bolsonaro said he had a “clear conscience” on his response to the outbreak.

  With 100,477 fatalities and 3,012,412 confirmed cases, the South American nation of 212 million people is the second hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, after the United States.

  The health ministry reported 905 new deaths in the past 24 hours, as well as 49,970 fresh cases.

  Similarly, coronavirus has now infected more than one million people in Africa, but hopes that the pandemic may be peaking in some countries are mingled with fears of a second wave.

  Nations across the continent have recorded 1,011,495 infections and at least 22,115 deaths, accounting for around five percent of global cases.

  Africa Centres for Diseases Control say just five countries account for 75 percent of all cases in the continent.

  Some countries have recently seen declines of around 20 percent in daily cases but it is too early to confirm this as a trend, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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