As the world closes in on 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, the likes of the US and the UK are going through their darkest days, while other parts of the world like New Zealand and South Korea seem to be successfully slowing the spread of the virus.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the global figure for confirmed cases now stands at 1,484,811 along with 88,538 deaths and 329,876 recoveries. The worst affected region, by far, is the United States with 432,132 confirmed cases and Spain following them way back on 148,220 cases. The bad news for the US is they are now second in terms of their death toll, which stands at 14,817, overtaking Spain (14,792). Italy is still leading the death tolls with 17,669 fatalities. However, having registered 1,850 deaths yesterday and a record 1,939 deaths on Tuesday, it seems that America will likely be the most affected country in that regard as well.
Another country that’s starting to suffer through their worst days is the United Kingdom, who registered their record death toll yesterday (938) to take their total fatalities up to 7,111 out of their total confirmed cases, which stands at 61,474 and includes Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
However, looking around the world, there are positive signs, with the originator of the disease, China, reporting 77,639 recoveries out of their total of 82,867 confirmed cases, exhibiting that the outbreak is very much containable.
And, according to Al Jazeera, New Zealand has reported it’s forth successive drop in daily new cases, recording just 29 yesterday, their lowest figure in three weeks. They are now two weeks into their month-long lockdown, showing, again, that lockdown measures are proving incredibly effective. The outbreak in South Korea also continues to slow, with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting just 39 more cases yesterday, bringing the total confirmed cases up to 10,423, while deaths rose by four to 204. Widespread testing, isolation, strict monitoring and new technologies, such as mobile trackers in hotspots, has been the secret to the country’s remarkable success in handling the virus. South Korea’s curve of new infections has been flattening since the beginning of March, when they were among the worst affected regions and 6,793 of their confirmed cases have resulted in recoveries.
So, it’s not all bad news when it comes to the state of the entire world, but the US is really struggling at this moment. Hopefully they will be able to follow the successful strategies being implemented in other countries to help curb the outbreak. They have still yet to enter a full nationwide lockdown.