International coronavirus instances hit 40 million because the second wave gained traction
Doctors in Berlin.
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LONDON – The number of coronavirus cases reported worldwide has reached 40 million, according to a record kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The grim milestone of 40,050,902 confirmed cases on Monday is that various parts of Europe and the US are struggling to cope with an alarming surge in infections.
The dreaded "second wave" began in Europe in August after the spring national bans were relaxed.
European governments have sought to curb an increase in cases by reintroducing a range of restrictive measures on public life and the hospitality sector, including closing or limited opening of pubs, bars and restaurants, restricting social gatherings and even the Curfew seen in a handful of major French cities including Paris.
The WHO warned on Friday that the coronavirus outbreak in Europe was "worrying" as the number of ICU beds available in some regions continues to decline and is near full.
Adjusted for the population, the number of new coronavirus infections in Europe has now exceeded that in the USA. In Europe, 187 new Covid-19 cases per million people have been reported, based on an average of seven days, compared to 162 new Covid-19 cases per million people in the US
According to the World Health Organization, the number of cases is 39.8 million, of which 18,709,984 in America, 8,489,775 in Southeast Asia and just over 7,889,000 cases in Europe, while in Africa just over 1,259,000 cases have occurred .
The 40 million case mark comes from the global economy struggling to recover from the first outbreak of the virus, which first hit China in December 2019, while trying to contain the second wave without a full one To return blocking.
The International Monetary Fund predicted in early October that the global economy would contract 4.4% in 2020, an upward revision from an estimate of -5.2% in June. The revision is partly due to better-than-expected growth in developed countries and China in the second quarter of the year.
Economic data released by China on Monday showed that the economic recovery is picking up further. Third quarter GDP rose 4.9% year over year.
– CNBC's Berkeley Lovelace Jr. contributed to this article.