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Fatalities of the coronavirus pandemic continue to increase as deaths pass 600,000 and countries from the U.S. to South Africa to India struggle to contain a surge of new infections. Hong Kong issued tougher new rules on wearing face masks, Spain closed overcrowded beaches and Germany reported another outbreak at a slaughterhouse. The World Health Organization said that 259,848 new infections were reported Saturday, its highest one-day tally yet.
Positive cases worldwide are 14,645,947, while deaths were 608,942. The United States had the most cases in the world – 3,898,550, as well as the most deaths – 143,289.
While the U.S. leads global infections, South Africa now ranks as the fifth worst-hit country in the pandemic with more than 350,000 cases, or around half of all those confirmed on the continent. Its struggles are a sign of trouble to come for nations with even fewer health care resources.
The virus continues to rage through Latin America, with Brazil surpassing 2 million cases and Mexico reporting at least 500 people dead in a single day from the epidemic.
India, which has now confirmed more than 1 million infections, on Sunday reported a 24-hour record of 40,243new cases.
There are now 364 328 coronavirus cases in South Africa with 5 033 deaths. The recovery rate is at 52.4% with 191 059 recoveries.
Coronavirus cases in Nigeria have risen to 36,663 with 556 new infections, according to official statistics. 11 more deaths were recorded in the West African nation, bringing the total to 789, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said.
Eswatini recorded 64 new cases and the number of cases in the kingdom nation is now at 1,793. No new deaths were recorded hence the current death toll is at 21.
Zimbabwe recorded 133 new cases to bring the total cases to 1,611. No new deaths were recorded hence the death toll still stands at 25. 472 new cases have recovered and the number of active cases is at 1,114.
Coronavirus immunity: Can you catch it twice?
Coronavirus is a completely new infection in people. Nobody had immunity to the virus at the start of the pandemic, but immunity is the key to getting life back to normal. And understanding what immunity to the virus looks like and how long it lasts is crucial for understanding what happens next. Our immune system is the body’s defence against infection and it comes in two parts. The first is always ready to go and leaps into action as soon as any foreign invader is detected in the body. It is known as the innate immune response and includes the release of chemicals that cause inflammation and white blood cells that can destroy infected cells. But this system is not specific to coronavirus. It will not learn and it will not give you immunity to the coronavirus.
Have people caught it twice?
There were early reports of people appearing to have multiple coronavirus infections in a short space of time. But the scientific consensus is that testing was the issue, with patients being incorrectly told they were free of the virus. Nobody has been deliberately reinfected with the virus to test immunity, but a pair of rhesus macaque monkeys have. They were infected twice, once to build up an immune response and then a second time three weeks later. Those very limited experiments showed they did not develop symptoms again after such a quick reinfection. BBC
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