The number of Coronavirus cases has now crossed the grim mark of 40 million, just a month after passing 30 million.
Across many parts of the world, the rate of infection has been accelerating, with many countries now seeing a spike in cases worse than in the first wave.
Daily cases close in on 400,000
Furthermore, daily cases have almost doubled from what they were two months ago. These days, the number of positive cases daily are more than 350,000. In Juen-July, daily cases ranged from 150,000 to 200,000.
Right now, the number of infections has crossed 40.1 million, with recoveries hitting 27.5 million. That represents a recovery rate of 68.58 per cent. Deaths meanwhile have risen to above 1.11 million, a mortality rate of 2.77 per cent.
The United States continues to lead, recording over 8.19 million infections, with deaths now above 220,000.
India is second, reporting in over 7.55 million cases. Recoveries rose above 6.66 million as deaths topped 115,000. There are talks that the illness is peaking in the country. Indeed, the country saw over 61,000 new cases yesterday. This is down from an average of 90,000 a few weeks ago.
Brazil is third, with over 5.24 confirmed cases and 4.65 million recoveries. Deaths topped 154,000. Russia is fourth, with over 1.42 million cases, with recoveries at over 1.08 m. Argentina wraps up the top five, reporting over 990,000 cases, with recoveries at over 804,000.
WHO’s warning as Flu season sets in
WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros warned of further acceleration of cases as the flu season in the northern hemisphere set to begin.
“As the northern hemisphere winter approaches, cases of COVID-19 are rising globally, especially in Europe where countries are expanding measures to contain it, and many people are understandably wary of the disruption the pandemic is causing to their lives and livelihoods.” Dr Tedros said.
He confirmed that last week, Europe saw new cases rise close to three-times higher than during the peak in March. The highest numbers have been in the UK, Spain, France and Italy.