Global Fund COVID-19 Situation Report – 27 October 2020
Global cases: : 43,341,451 confirmed. Global deaths: 1,157,509 confirmed.
COVID-19 has infected 43.3 million people and killed 1.1 million since the outbreak emerged last December. “We are at a critical juncture in the pandemic” said WHO Director-General, as many countries are now seeing an exponential increase in infections. The U.S. remains the worst-affected country. India, which recorded its lowest death toll in four months on 26 October, has the second-highest number of infections. In Latin America, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia passed 1 million infections. In Europe, many countries are tightening their virus-control measures as case numbers repeatedly set new daily records. In China, more than 4.7 million people are being tested in Xinjiang province after an asymptomatic case was reported. Africa has over 1.6 million confirmed cases. Many of the hardest-hit countries by COVID-19 are also extremely hard hit by HIV, TB and malaria, particularly India (the country with the highest global burden of TB); South Africa (the country with the highest global burden of HIV); Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines and Indonesia (high TB burden countries); and Ukraine and Kazakhstan (high-burden multidrug-resistant TB countries). On the economic front, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) envisions a sharp 4.4% drop in global growth for 2020 as global economy struggles to recover from the pandemic-induced recession. On the global response, FIND announced new funding totalling close to US$60 million to accelerate progress in tests and testing capacity for COVID-19 in the context of the ACT-A Diagnostics Pillar. The World Bank approved an envelope of US$12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments for their citizens. At the World Health Summit in Berlin, the WHO, the European Commission and Germany called for global cooperation and solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.
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