India becomes global epicentre of COVID-19 crisis

India has become the epicentre of the COVID-19 crisis. On its current trajectory, the country could surpass 300,000 new cases of COVID per day in the next 1-2 days, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

On 21st April, India became only the second country to report more than 300,000 new cases in a single day, after the US. India has reported more than 300,000 new cases on two consecutive days, including a record high 332,921 new cases on 22nd April.

Currently, South America accounts for nearly one-third of the global daily mortality, more than any other continent; however, Johns Hopkins said it appears to have levelled off over the past week or so.

“Asia recently surpassed Europe as #2 globally, and both are reporting essentially equal daily mortality - each accounting for more than a quarter of the global total. Asia’s daily mortality is accelerating rapidly, up by more than 400% since mid-March - driven largely by India - and it could surpass South America as #1 in the coming days,” it stated in a briefing note.

“Europe’s daily mortality remains slightly elevated from its most recent low in mid-March, but it has declined over the past several days. Daily mortality in Africa and North America steadily decreased from late January through mid-April; however, both are reporting increases over the past 2 weeks. Oceania averaged fewer than 1 death per day from October 2020 through mid-March 2021, and while its daily mortality is increasing, it is still fewer than 3 deaths per day.”

In terms of total daily mortality, Brazil remains #1 globally, with 2,580 deaths per day, although this is decreasing.

Global numbers

The WHO COVID-19 Dashboard reported 144.1 million cases and 3.1 million deaths worldwide as at 23rd April.

Globally, as at 26th April, there have been 146,689,258 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,102,410 deaths, reported to WHO.

As at 22nd April, a total of 899,936,102 vaccine doses had been administered.

UK numbers

In the UK 1,712 new people had a confirmed positive test result reported on 25th April. Between 19th April and 25th April 2021, 17,063 people had a confirmed positive test result - a decrease of -4.6% on the previous 7 days.

33,666,638 people had been given a first dose by the end of 24th April; 12,587,116 a second dose.

There were 11 deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 25th April. Between 19th April and 25th April, there had been 160 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test – a decrease of -12.6% on the previous 7 days.

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