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Globally, more than 27 million cases of coronavirus have been recorded, and more than 889,000 people have died.
The United States remains the country with the highest number of recorded cases with more than 6.47 million cases. The United States of America and Brazil account for nearly three quarters of all COVID-19 cases in the Americas. WHO’s statistics show the Americas account for 46% of all new coronavirus cases over the past seven days, and 59% or newly reported deaths. Cumulatively, the Americas accounts for 55% of all coronavirus deaths globally, with roughly one-seventh of the total global population.
Europe, in contrast, accounts for 13% of all reported new cases over the past seven days, 8% of deaths and 25% of the global total cumulative deaths. WHO says the Americas reported nearly 3.5 times as many new cases as reported by Europe in the last seven days. New cases in the Americas now account for 52% of cumulative cases worldwide.
India’s health ministry reported 75,022 cases bringing the total to over 4.2 million and overtaking Brazil to become the second-hardest-hit country.
Mexico has the world’s fourth highest coronavirus death toll following the US, Brazil and India, but remains No. 8 on the list of most-infected countries globally. Mexico has the fourth-highest number of cases in Latin America proper, following Brazil, Peru and Colombia.
Spain has become the first country in Western Europe to register 500,000 coronavirus infections, after a second surge in cases that coincided with schools reopening. Recent infections have been more common among younger people who often develop no symptoms thanks to their stronger immune systems, and the death rate remains far below the March-April peak when daily fatalities routinely exceeded 800.
South Africa recorded 845 cases of the Coronavirus pandemic to bring the total number of cases to 639,362. There have been 15 004 confirmed deaths and there have been 563 891 recoveries equating to a recovery rate of 88%.
Zimbabwe recorded 182 cases of the virus to bring the total number of cases to 7,298. 2 new deaths were recorded hence the death toll is now at 210. 5,455 recoveries have been recorded and the national recovery rate stands at 75%. Russia and Zimbabwe agreed to collaborate in research, science and technology to find tangible solutions to battle the global pandemic. Zimbabwe is in the first group of African countries to receive Covid-19 relief from Russia.
It’s highly unlikely that food is a source of Covid-19 transmission, experts say
It is highly unlikely that food is a source of Covid-19 transmission, a team of experts on food contaminations says. The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) looked at the evidence that coronavirus might be carried on food or its packing and found very little. While it is possible that people could eat something contaminated with the virus and become infected that way, it’s never been seen to have happened, they said.
“To date, there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in Covid-19,” they wrote. “There are no foods that should be considered a risk or warrant consideration as a vector for SARS-CoV-2.” There have been few reports of the virus being found on food products, ingredients and packaging materials and no evidence that links food or its packaging as a source of cross contact infection. However, it is still prudent to emphasize good food hygiene practices, the group said.
Some countries have restricted food imports, tested imported products or asked companies to state their products are coronavirus-free, but none of this is necessary, the ICMSF said. “The focus for food businesses should be on protecting food workers, consumers and restaurant patrons from becoming infected by person-to-person SARS-CoV-2 spread,” they wrote. CNN
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