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More than 28, 6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and more than 918,000 have died. Some 20,4 million people have recovered.

More than 28, 6 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and more than 918,000 have died. Some 20,4 million people have recovered.

Latin America and the Caribbean on Thursday passed the 8 million mark days after logging more than 300 000 from the virus. Brazil has the highest number of infections in the region with 4,282,164 cases; Peru holds the second highest number of infections while Mexico has the second highest number of deaths.

The United States and Canada region has the second largest number of infections. Europe is second to Latin America in the number of deaths with 220, 085 fatalities.

India has set another global record for the highest number of new coronavirus infections reported in a single country in a day. The nation of 1.3 billion people added 97,654 new cases.

With more than 4.5 million cases, India is the world’s second-worst impacted country after the US. But its reported mortality rate — calculated by the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases — is surprisingly low compared to other countries with high infection rates. The Indian government claims the lower death rate is a sign of its success in handling the crisis and has used the figure to support its decision to lift some coronavirus restrictions. But some experts warn that the data is full of gaps.

Total coronavirus cases are now 646 398 There have been 15 378 confirmed deaths so far. According to latest data as at 11 September 2020, there have been 574 587 recoveries so far which is a recovery rate of 88%.

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Four ways to avoid catching the Covid-19 virus indoors

The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, typically lingers in public spaces. And while strict non-pharmaceutical interventions (‎NPIs)‎, such as physical distancing and good hand hygiene, can be highly effective in reducing transmission, they have their limits. Since schools have reopened, along with restaurants and office buildings and other indoor spaces, good ventilation, air filtration and humidity levels are key to reducing the spread of the virus.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines published in July, a “well-maintained and operated system can reduce the spread of the virus in indoor spaces by increasing the rate of air change, reducing recirculation of air, and increasing the use of outdoor air”.

The general purpose of ventilation in buildings, the organisation adds, is to provide healthy air (and remove stale air) for breathing, in other words, to maintain the quality of air in that space. A number of studies have shown that airborne transmission of the virus can effectively take place within confined spaces, as the tiny virus particles linger in the air.

If you enter a room or building and smell stuffy air, take it as a sign that the carbon dioxide concentration is high, and the ventilation is poor, Qingyan Chen, a mechanical engineering professor at Purdue University, told Business Insider US. Health 24

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