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Every 250th person in world already contracted COVID-19

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 02:54 PM, 26 September 2020   Updated: 04:03 PM, 26 September 2020

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally increased by 2.2 million in the past seven days, to more than 32.2 million or 0.4 percent of the world’s total population, Russian News Agency TASS reported on Saturday. 

According to the report, the number of active cases - patients who are currently infected - continues to rise rapidly, increasing by about 500,000 this week. Active cases account for 23.3 percent of the overall case count. 

The percentage of recoveries remained practically unchanged during the past seven days, increasing from 68 percent to slightly less than 69 percent. A total of 1.7 million patients recovered in the reported period. 

Some 37,000 novel coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the past seven days, bringing the overall death toll to 983,000. 

The fatality rate plunged to its record low of about 3 percent.

In relative terms, the spread of the novel coronavirus worldwide has slowed down. In the past seven days, the case count increased by 6.8 percent, compared to 7.4 percent the week before.

However, the disease started to spread rapidly in some countries. The Czech Republic reported a 32-percent increase in cases in the reported period. The overall number of cases in the country reached 58,000 people, and the authorities were forced to introduce a series of restrictions to curb the infection.

Israel also saw the rapid spread of infection in the past seven days, with the number of registered cases increasing by 21 percent. The country’s government toughened quarantine restrictions, closing all businesses except groceries and pharmacies, and enterprises whose production cycle cannot be stopped. Overall, the country has 212,000 cases of the infection, or about 2.3 percent of the population. 

Argentina’s daily coronavirus case count stood at about 13,000 people in the past seven days. In other words, about 77,000 people contracted the disease in the country in just one week. Overall, the country registered about 678,000 coronavirus cases on its territory since the start of the pandemic.

On the European continent, France is the most-affected country at the moment, reporting a weekly growth of almost 20 percent. The number of hospitalized increased by 34 percent and the number of patients in intensive care - by 40 percent in the reported period. The country’s overall case count is about to exceed 500,000 people.

On Wednesday, more than 16,000 cases were registered in the country, which is two times as much as the peak figures recorded this spring. The authorities have declared the "maximum alert zone" in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and the surrounding territories, where all bars and restaurants have been closed.

The United Kingdom reported a 9.1 percent increase in new cases this week, compared to 6.6 percent the week before. The country’s overall coronavirus case count now stands at 416,000. In a bid to curb the spread of the infection, the government ordered that pubs, bars and restaurants in England and Wales be closed by 10 pm and offered table service only.

In Spain, which is the hardest-hit European country in terms of the overall number of coronavirus cases, the growth slowed down from 9.4 percent to 7.6 percent this week. However, regional authorities continue to reinstate quarantine restrictions amid calls for tougher measures.

In the community of Madrid, the authorities identified the 37 coronavirus-hit zones, home to about one million people in total, and introduced partial lockdowns there. - Russian News Agency TASS