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More than 801,000 people have died from coronavirus and there have been 23, 07 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 worldwide. In Europe, where Italy was the first Covid-19 epicenter outside China — authorities are battling to keep further waves of the pandemic at bay, but the case numbers are ticking up across the continent. Just weeks after many countries opened their borders to travelers within the continent, some are closing again, seemingly undermining efforts to salvage the continent’s vital summer tourism economy.
The World Health Organization has recommended that children over 12 should wear masks in the same contexts as adults in the bid to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN health agency, in cooperation with UNICEF, published fresh guidance Friday on when it is appropriate for children to wear masks to impede the spread of the coronavirus crisis.
More than 179,000 people have died in the United States from the coronavirus. The US is now averaging day for at least 24 days in a row. 5,793,942 total cases have been recorded across the country so far.
The coronavirus pandemic is stabilizing in Brazil and any reversal of its rampant spread in the vast country would be “a success for the world”, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Brazil is second only to the United States in total number of Covid-19 cases and deaths.
India approached towards the three million mark for coronavirus cases, reporting 69,039 new infections in the last 24 hours.
Spain diagnosed 3,650 coronavirus infections in past 24 hours, the health ministry has said, up from 3,349 cases it reported a day earlier and bringing the cumulative total to 386,054.
South Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases have surpassed 600,000, the health ministry said, even though the number of new cases has been declining since a peak in July. The country now has 603,338 confirmed cases of the virus and 12,843 people have died. In Gauteng daily infections have consistently declined since the middle of July however testing has remained consistent. Total number of recoveries in South Africa are now at 500,102 which is recovery rate of 82%.
10,627 cases have been recorded in Zambia after 255 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours. 3 new deaths were recorded and the death toll now stands at 277. The country has also recorded high recovery rates as 9,126 cases have recovered which translates to 85.88%.
Zimbabwe recorded 70 new cases of the Coronavirus to bring the total number of cases to 5,815. 1 new death was recorded and the death toll is now 152. Recoveries recorded are now at 4,587 which is a78.88% recovery rate.
WHO chief: ‘Hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years.
The WHO said it hopes the planet will be rid of the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years – faster than it took for the Spanish flu.
“We hope to finish this pandemic in less than two years,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, insisting that it should be possible to tame the novel coronavirus faster than the deadly 1918 pandemic.
Compared with back then, the world today is at a disadvantage due to its “globalisation, closeness, connectedness”, which has allowed the novel coronavirus to spread around the world at lightning speed, Tedros acknowledged.
But the world also now has the advantage of far better technology, he said.
By “utilising the available tools to the maximum and hoping that we can have additional tools like vaccines, I think we can finish it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu,” he added. BBC
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