- The map of the spread of the coronavirus shows that transmission is worsening globally, even though regions of Europe and the United States have started to reopen their economies after “flattening the curve”.
- More than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 worldwide have been recorded almost every day since May 21.
- The Americas represent most cases, with Brazil becoming the new epicenter of the disease according to recent figures.
New York City has gone a whole day without reporting a death from the new coronavirus, and this is great news for the world’s old COVID-19 epicenter. We have seen similar good news in Europe and other regions that have been able to smooth the curve. But while some American countries and states are reopening their economies, it should be noted that the new threat from coronaviruses is still there. In fact, the number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus is growing faster than ever, fueled by areas that have experienced massive growth in recent days. Brazil is the new epicenter of the disease, but it is not the only country to experience an increased number of cases. This is an important detail because of the way the world economy works. Opening up local economies will not be enough if specific sectors remain affected by the virus. If regions of the world face COVID-19 surges when other countries reopen, for example, travel and tourism will be significantly affected.
Since May 21, the world has registered more than 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 almost every day, reports CNN. The data is based on the COVID-19 count below from Johns Hopkins University. As of Monday morning, there have been more than 7 million cumulative cases of COVID-19 worldwide. More than 2.8 million people have recovered and more than 403,000 people have died from complications from COVID-19.
The number of new COVID-19 cases exceeded 130,000 per day in the first days of June. In April, new cases never exceeded 100,000 per day.
The higher volume of new cases may be explained in part by an increase in testing. However, screening remains problematic in some regions, which had been the case in recent months, particularly at the start of new outbreaks. However, the increase in the number of cases clearly shows that the virus has not disappeared simply because some regions have been able to reduce transmission.
Using the same data from Johns Hopkins University, CNN has created the following graph which shows the progression of the disease since the end of January on different continents.
The graph shows how the COVID-19 epicenter moved from China to Europe and then to the United States. Currently, Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean are experiencing surges. The number of cases in Asia has also increased gradually in recent weeks, and the COVID-19 epidemic in Africa seems far from reaching a peak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier this week that the virus had not lost its potency through mutations, but it had not become more dangerous either. In other remarks, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the Americas are still at the center of the pandemic.
“The Americas continue to represent most cases. For several weeks now, the number of cases reported every day in the Americas has been higher than that of the rest of the world, ”he said. “We are particularly concerned about Central and South America, where many countries are experiencing accelerating epidemics.”
Brazil reported more than 30,000 new cases Thursday, marking the second time in less than a week that the country has surpassed this mark. Brazil currently has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with almost 615,000, and has reported 34,021 deaths from COVID-19 to date.
The United States reported nearly 30,000 cases on Friday after recording between 18,600 and 25,000 cases per day since May 22. At these rates, the United States will touch 2 million confirmed cases in the coming days. More than 111,000 people have died from complications from COVID-19 in America.
CNN points out that the new spread of coronaviruses is also accelerating in other regions, notably in the Middle East and Africa. The number of confirmed cases doubles weekly in Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mozambique and Uganda. Cases double every 2 weeks in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India and South Africa.