The pace of the coronavirus epidemic is accelerating. It took just four days to identify a million additional cases globally.
The coronavirus has infected more than 18 million people around the world, more than half of them on the American continent. The pace of the pandemic, which has killed more than 685,000 people, is still accelerating. One million new cases were detected in less than 4 days.
At least 18,011,763 cases, including 687,941 deaths, were declared on Sunday, according to a count made by AFP from official sources. The United States is the most affected country with 4,657,693 cases, including 154,793 deaths, ahead of Brazil (2,733,677 cases, including 94,104 deaths) and India (1,750 ” 723 cases / 37,364 deaths).
The figure for the number of infections only reflects a share of the actual number of cases, with many countries using the tests only for tracing or not having sufficient resources to carry out large-scale screening campaigns.
The United States in a “new phase”
The United States recorded 47,508 new cases of contamination and 515 deaths linked to the coronavirus on Sunday during the last 24 hours, according to a count from Johns-Hopkins University. The totals of infections and deaths now stand at more than 4.6 million cases and 154,834 deaths.
The daily record of new infections fell slightly on Sunday in the country most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic compared to the last five days, where they exceeded the 60,000 mark each time. These new figures are released, as Florida prepares for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias. The south-eastern state is also badly affected by the epidemic. He deplored 77 new deaths on Sunday (against a record of 179 the day before), for a total of 6,920.
For the specialist advisor to the White House Deborah Birx, the United States has entered a “new phase” of the coronavirus epidemic, now very widespread on American territory. “What we see today is different from March and April,” she told CNN, while stressing that the measures taken locally to try to stop the contagion were starting to have effects.
The virus “has spread tremendously. It is present in both rural and urban areas, ”she said, warning“ anyone who lives in rural areas (that) you are not immune or protected against this virus ”. Respecting health instructions such as wearing a mask, hygiene measures and social distancing is crucial, she insisted.
Social gatherings prohibited
Latin America and the Caribbean, with more than 201,000 dead, is now the second most affected region after Europe, with more than 210,000 dead. In Argentina, the Ministry of Health announced in the evening that the 200,000 cases of contamination had been exceeded and that social gatherings would be banned throughout the country from Monday.
Bolivia ruled on Sunday that the school year, which was due to end in December, was to end immediately due to the pandemic. This country of 11 million inhabitants has more than 78,700 contaminations and more than 3,000 deaths.
In Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday ordered a strict quarantine throughout the country, when the number of recorded contaminations has just exceeded 20,000. Venezuela had been subject to an alternation regime since June: certain regions were under strict quarantine for a week, followed by a week of “flexibilisation” where certain essential economic activities could resume.