The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases worldwide increased by 2.2 million in the past seven days, to more than 32.2 million or 0.4 per cent of the Earth’s total population.
The number of the so-called active cases – patients who are currently infected – continues to rise rapidly, increasing by about 500,000 this week. Active cases account for 23.3pc of the overall case count.
The percentage of recoveries remained practically unchanged during the past seven days, increasing from 68pc to slightly less than 69pc. A total of 1.7 million patients recovered in the reported period.
Some 37,000 novel coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the past seven days, bringing the overall death toll to 983,000.
The fatality rate plunged to its record low of about 3 per cent.
In relative terms, the spread of the novel coronavirus worldwide has slowed down. In the past seven days, the case count increased by 6.8pc, compared to 7.4pc the week before.
However, the disease started to spread rapidly in some countries. The Czech Republic reported a 32-percent increase in cases in the reported period. The overall number of cases in the country reached 58,000 people, and the authorities were forced to introduce a series of restrictions to curb the infection.
Israel also saw the rapid spread of infection in the past seven days, with the number of registered cases increasing by 21pc. The country’s government toughened quarantine restrictions, closing all businesses except groceries and pharmacies, and enterprises whose production cycle cannot be stopped. Overall, the country has 212,000 cases of the infection, or about 2.3pc of the population.
Argentina’s daily coronavirus case count stood at about 13,000 people in the past seven days. In other words, about 77,000 people contracted the disease in the country in just one week. Overall, the country registered about 678,000 coronavirus cases on its territory since the start of the pandemic.
On the European continent, France is the most-affected country in the moment, reporting a weekly growth of almost 20pc. The number of hospitalized increased by 34pc and the number of patients in intensive care – by 40pc in the reported period. The country’s overall case count is about to exceed 500,000 people.
On Wednesday, more than 16,000 cases were registered in the country, which is two times as much as the peak figures recorded this spring. The authorities have declared the “maximum alert zone” in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding territories, where all bars and restaurants have been closed.
The UK reported a 9.1pc increase in new cases this week, compared to 6.6pc the week before. The country’s overall coronavirus case count now stands at 416,000. In a bid to curb the spread of the infection, the government ordered that pubs, bars and restaurants in England and Wales be closed by 10pm and offered table service only.
In Spain, which is the hardest-hit European country in terms of overall number of coronavirus cases, the growth slowed down from 9.4pc to 7.6pc this week. However, regional authorities continue to reinstate quarantine restrictions amid calls for tougher measures.
– Source: News websites