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More than 31, 2 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and almost 959,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 21.1 million people have recovered.

The United States set a one-day record with over one million coronavirus diagnostic tests being performed, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to bring outbreaks under control, according to various experts.

India’s federal health ministry reported 87,382 new infections in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of cases to 5.48 million – second only to the United States. India also reported 1,135 new deaths, taking the death toll to 87,909 or about 1.6 percent of all cases.

People in the United Kingdom who refuse to self-isolate to stop the spread of the coronavirus could face fines of up to 10,000 British pounds ($13,000) under tough new regulations to tackle a surge in cases. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that from September 28, people in the UK will be legally obliged to self-isolate if they test positive or are told to by the National Health Service tracing programme.

South Africa has recorded 1 555 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 661 211. Gauteng accounts for most of the country’s cases provincially with 217 370 (32.9%), followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 117 743 (17.8%).

The country has also recorded 13 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 15 953. 590 071 people have recovered from the virus, bringing the country’s recovery rate to 89.2%.

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Cases in Zimbabwe increased by 11 to bring the total caseload to 7,683. All new cases were local transmissions. No new death was recorded, hence the death toll is at 225. 10 recoveries were recorded yesterday and recoveries now stand at 5,924 and the recovery rate is still at 77%.

Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes. “Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,” the site now says. Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”

The page, updated Friday, still says Covid-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.” The update also changed language around asymptomatic transmission, shifting from saying “some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus” to saying “people who are infected but do not show symptoms can spread the virus to others.” CNN

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