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Global Statistics

Country Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths Total Recovered Active Cases Total Tests
World 21,320,143 +260,866 762,166 +5,447 14,120,784 6,437,193  
USA 5,471,977 +56,311 171,433 +1,018 2,866,189 2,434,355 69,333,768
Brazil 3,275,520 +45,899 106,523 +959 2,384,302 784,695 13,464,336
India 2,525,222 +65,609 49,134 +990 1,807,556 668,532 27,694,416
Russia 912,823 +5,065 15,498 +114 722,964 174,361 31,903,055
South Africa 579,140 +6,275 11,556 +286 461,734 105,850 3,351,111
Africa 1,100,736 +11,959 25,132 +405 812,686 262,918  
Egypt 96,220 +112 5,124 +17 57,858 33,238 135,000
Nigeria 48,116 966 34,309 12,841 341,421
Ghana 41,847 +122 223 39,718 1,906 421,588
Morocco 39,241 +1,306 611 +27 27,644 10,986 1,560,527
Zambia 9,021 +358 256 +10 7,586 1,179 96,610
Zimbabwe 5,072 +82 128 1,998 2,946 149,748
Malawi 4,988 +76 156 +3 2,576 2,256 38,451
Namibia 3,726 +182 31 +4 848 2,847 38,743
Eswatini 3,670 +71 68 +3 1,991 1,611 28,380
Mozambique 2,708 +70 19 1,075 1,614 75,430
Botswana 1,214 3 120 1,091 87,280
Lesotho 884 25 271 588 11,097

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass 21, 3 million; more than 14, 1 million people have recovered, and more than 762,000 have died.

At least 171,433 people have already died from Covid-19 in the United States from over 5, 4 million cases.

Cases in India continue to soar as 65,609 cases were recorded yesterday to bring the total number of cases to 2,525,222. 990 deaths were recorded and the total fatalities are now at 49,134.The country recorded the highest new cases ahead of USA with 56,311 and Brazil with 45,899.

France has declared its capital Paris and the port city of Marseille high-risk zones for the coronavirus as the government reported more than 2,500 new infections for the third day in a row. The seven-day moving average of new infections increased to 2,041, doubling over the last two weeks.

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached every nation in Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people. The confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 25,132. There are 1,100,736 confirmed infections and 812,686 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

South Africa which remains the hardest hit nation in Africa recorded 6,275 new positive cases to bring the total number of cases to 579,140. 461,734 cases have recovered from the disease and this translates to an 80% recovery rate.

Zimbabwe has passed the 5 thousand mark in the number of positive cases. The total case load is now 5,072 cases after 82 new cases were recorded. No new death was recorded hence the death toll remains at 128. Recoveries are now at 1,998. Harare is the worst hit province with 1947 cases and 71 deaths.

Tests and quarantines for those who recovered from Covid-19

If you have recovered from Covid-19, you may not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to three months — as long as you don’t develop symptoms again, according to recently updated guidance on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. 

Regarding who needs to quarantine, the guidance states, “People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.”

A CDC spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Friday that an agency webpage “was updated with that information mid-last week.”

Some context: Preliminary research has suggested previously that after people are infected with the novel coronavirus, their risk of reinfection may be lower in the first three months after their initial infection  — but that natural immunity to the virus could start to decline within months as their antibodies may wane over time.  Antibodies are the proteins the body makes to fight infection. CNN

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The pandemic has had a “broad impact” on mental health issues

A new survey by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that almost 41% of respondents are struggling with mental health issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic – both related to the pandemic itself and the measures put in place to contain it, including physical distancing and stay-at-home orders. The findings were reported Thursday in the journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC.

In an online survey of more than 5,400 adults living in the US conducted during the last week of June, 40.9% of respondents reported at least one mental or behavioral health condition:

    31% said they’d experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression

    26% said they’d experienced trauma or stressor-related disorder symptoms

    13% said they’d started or increased substance use

    11% said they’d seriously considered suicide in the last 30 days

But the mental health issues were not shouldered equally by everyone.

These findings align with previous studies, which found symptoms of anxiety and depressive disorders increased considerably in the US between April and June of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019. The study authors concluded: “Periodic assessment of mental health, substance use, and suicidal ideation should evaluate the prevalence of psychological distress over time. Addressing mental health disparities and preparing support systems to mitigate mental health consequences as the pandemic evolves will continue to be needed urgently.” CNN

Metal Prices Asia/Europe/NY market

15/08/2020

METAL BID ASK CHANGE LOW HIGH
GOLD 1957.40 1958.40 +4.60 1918.30 1965.10
SILVER 27.52 27.62 +0.04 25.62 27.80
PLATINUM 952.00 962.00 +4.00 922.00 967.00
PALLADIUM 2038.00 2208.00 -9.00 1983.00 2238.00
RHODIUM 8700.00 10700.00 0.00

 (Source: Kitco)

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