COVID-19 Pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak

COVID-19 Pandemic: Tracking the global outbreak

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[Newsphopick=Gyubin Lee] The US has by far the largest number of cases, almost one-third of the global total, according to figures collated by Johns Hopkins University. It also has the world's highest death toll. The UK, Italy, France, and Spain are the worst-hit European countries.

In China, the official death toll is some 4,600 from about 84,000 confirmed cases, although critics have questioned whether the country's official numbers can be trusted.

The outbreak was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March. This is when an infectious disease is passing easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time. The WHO has warned that the pandemic is a long way from being over and said people should be prepared for new outbreaks to build up very quickly - especially in areas where lockdowns are eased. 

The true number of cases is thought to be much higher than the reported figures, as many of those with milder symptoms have not been tested and counted. Globally, at least 4.5 billion people - half the world's population - have been living under social distancing measures, according to the AFP news agency's estimates. 

Those restrictions have had a big impact on the global economy, with the International Monetary Fund warning the world faces the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The United Nations World Food Programme has also warned that the pandemic could almost double the number of people suffering from acute hunger. 

There is particular concern about the situation in Brazil where President Jair Bolsonaro has compared contracting the virus to having "the sniffles". There are now nearly 600,000 cases in Brazil and more than 30,000 people have died, according to official figures. The death toll could exceed 125,000 by early August, according to a projection by experts at the University of Washington. Several other countries in Latin America are seeing widespread outbreaks, including Peru, Mexico, Chile, and Ecuador. 

Elsewhere, Russia has seen infections rise rapidly in recent weeks, but is easing some lockdown restrictions. India has also seen infections spike and Iran shows signs of a second wave of infections.

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