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19 May 2020updated 06 Oct 2020 9:45am

Epidemiologist report: Russia the outlier in Europe

By Samuel Horti

Comment from Bishal Bhandari, senior epidemiologist at GlobalData:

“Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached [more than] 4,810,000, with over 319,000 deaths and 1,790,000 recoveries.

“In Europe, the daily confirmed cases continue to decrease in majority of the countries except Russia, which continues to experience an increase in cases. Brazil in Latin America and the US in North America account for most of the reported daily confirmed cases in that continent. 

“There are ​approximately 85,000 confirmed cases and 3,000 Covid-19 deaths in Africa. A low death toll had raised hopes that Africa may be spared worst of this pandemic, until recently. ​A World Health Organisation model estimates that although cases might rise exponentially to at least a quarter of a billion… countries in Africa will have fewer deaths than Europe and the US because of its younger population ​and lower comorbidity prevalence [for diseases] such as diabetes. ​

“However, the current reported death toll likely [does] not accurately reflect true extent of the outbreak’s impact in Africa due to testing limitations.”

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