Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass the 40 million mark

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Worldwide coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease.

The figure is close to the numbers published by the ECDC in their daily tally update.

Since 31 December 2019 and as of 18 October 2020 the ECDC reported, 39 774 852 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 1 110 902 deaths.

1 638 567 cases were reported in Africa with the five countries reporting most cases are South Africa (702 131), Morocco (170 911), Egypt (105 297), Ethiopia (88 434) and Nigeria (61 307).

12 349 067 cases were reported in Asia, with the five countries reporting most cases are India (7 494 551), Iran (526 490), Iraq (423 524), Bangladesh (387 295) and Indonesia (357 762).

18 773 414 cases were registered in Americas; the five countries reporting most cases are United States (8 106 752), Brazil (5 224 362), Argentina (979 106), Colombia (952 371) and Peru (865 549).

In Europe there were 6 976 052 cases registered, with the five countries reporting most cases are Russia (1 384 235), Spain (936 560), France (867 197), United Kingdom (705 428) and Italy (402 536).

37 056 cases were registered in Oceania the five countries reporting most cases are Australia (27 383), French Polynesia (3 797), Guam (3 617), New Zealand (1 530) and Papua New Guinea (581).