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Glance at CovID-19

Updated on June 20, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases globally has now passed the 8.6 million mark while the total number of deaths worldwide stands at 460,066. Much of the increase in new cases has been driven by Brazil, which has now surpassed the US in terms of new daily infections. According to Brazilian sanitary ministry, the new infection cases in the past 24 hours is the highest number of confirmed cases in a single day. By far, its number of confirmed cases makes it the second country in the world after the United States to have more than 1 million confirmed cases.

(NCHC Dashboard)

The overall situation is still dissatisfactory and the break point is on the long way. From the continental point of view, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America are those who are creeping up their infections cases. By contrast, middle East and North America made new cases stay relatively stable this week. 

Weekly Story-One per cent of humanity is displaced

(UNHCR /Vincent Tremeau)

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, released The UNHCR annual Global Trends report that shows displaced figures reached 79.5 million in 2019, with 10 million people fleeing in the past year alone. Actually at least 100 million people, equal to the total population of Egypt, were forced to flee their homes during the last 10 years, seeking refuge either within or outside the borders of their country. The proportion of the world’s population who were displaced continued to rise. One per cent of the world’s population – or 1 in 97 people – is now forcibly displaced. This compares with 1:159 in 2010 and 1:174 in 2005 as the increase in the world’s forcibly displaced population continued to outpace global population growth.

June 20 is World Refugee Day. On this day, we are calling for more attention to global displacement and we pledge to do everything in our power to end the conflict and persecution that drive these appalling numbers as social citizens.

Source: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/06/1066592

Global trends report https://www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2019/

Written by Honghong

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