Outbreak Brief 39: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic
Outbreak Update: Since the last brief (6 October 2020), 2,315,658 new confirmed1 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and 39,532 new deaths have been reported globally. To date, a total of 37,428,586 COVID-19 cases and 1,075,298 related deaths (case fatality rate (CFR): 2.9%) have been reported from 217 countries and territories. The distribution of cumulative cases (proportion of global cases) from the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting regions (excluding Africa) are as follows: Eastern Mediterranean Region 2,268,446 (6%), European Region 7,010,687 (19%), Region of the Americas 17,912,705 (48%), South-East Asia Region 7,987,606 (21%) and Western Pacific Region 656,178 (2%). Among the affected locations, India, the United States, Brazil, France, and the United Kingdom are reporting the highest number of new cases over the past week. For more detailed information on cases and deaths being reported outside of Africa, refer to the WHO daily situation reports.
As of 9 am East African Time (EAT) 13 October 2020, a total of 1,584,484 COVID-19 cases and 38,597 deaths (CFR: 2.4%) have been reported in 55 African Union (AU) Member States. This is 4% of all cases reported globally. Since the last brief, 65,822 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, which is a 23% increase in the number of new cases reported when compared to the 6 October 2020 brief. The proportion of new COVID-19 cases by AU region is as follows: 52% from the Northern region (38,260 cases; 36% increase from previous week), 25% from the Southern region (14,567; 8% increase), 16% from the Eastern region (9,232; 8% increase), 6% from the Western region (3,117; 1% increase) and 1% from the Central region (646; 51% increase).