July 17, 2020.
The Covid-19 pandemic looks far from over as India, the United States, Brazil and South Africa recorded the highest spikes in cases over the past two weeks.
The US registered over 50,000 cases a day since the start of this month with 40 of its 50 states recording rising numbers.
The country has so far recorded over 3.5 million cases and more than 140,000 deaths.
Many of the states had reimposed some degree of lockdown after the recent spikes, with California, the most populous, closing bars, restaurants, cinemas, museums and zoos on Tuesday.
Brazil, which has so far recorded around two million cases and a death toll of 70,000, has also been experiencing spikes over the past weeks.
Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the worst hit and experts had estimated that the number of cases will continue to rise until October or November.
In India, the spike in cases forced the government to reimpose a lockdown for 125 million people in northeastern Bihar state until July 31 as well as for 13 million people in Bangalore.
The country’s health ministry data today put total cases since the outbreak began at 1,003,832, with 25,602 deaths.
The most affected states are Maharashtra with almost 270,000 cases and Tamil Nadu with over 142,000. The capital New Delhi recorded over 113,000 cases.
South Africa recorded an exponential growth of some 8,000 new cases per day since the start of this month, taking its total past 300,000.
The most affected province is Gauteng which has 107,000 cases, followed by Western Cape (over 80,000), Eastern Cape (about 54,000) and KwaZulu-Natal (over 30,000).
The spikes were highest in the country’s densely populated business hub Johannesburg.