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Positive cases worldwide are over 33 million, while deaths are more than 998 000 and recoveries recorded are now at 24, 2 million.

The global death toll from COVID-19 could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used and could be even higher without concerted action to curb the pandemic, an official at the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The WHO is continuing talks with China about its possible involvement in the COVAX financing scheme designed to guarantee fast and equitable access globally to COVID-19 vaccines, a week after the deadline for committing passed.

The United States has the most cases in the world – more than 7.07 million which is more than a fifth of the global total despite accounting for only four percent of the world population. The country the most deaths which are now more than 209 000. The United States could see an explosion in Covid-19 cases as fall and winter set in, health experts warn.

Israel once again shattered its highest number of daily coronavirus cases, reaching 8,315 new cases in 24 hours on Friday, according to data from the country’s health ministry. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,441 Israeli citizens have died as a result of the coronavirus out of a total of 227,100 reported cases.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned Africa against being complacent as the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging some countries. It comes after predictions around deaths and infections in Africa say it would devastate the continent.

The latest number of confirmed cases in South Africa is now at 669 498. According to the latest update, 16 376 deaths have been recorded in the country. There have been 601 818 recoveries. So far, more than 4.12 million tests have been conducted, with 11 359 new tests reported. The national recovery rate is now at 89.6%

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WHO has raised a red flag in the number of Covid-19 cases that has been reported by South Africa the past week since the nation went on to level 1 alert. This comes after the country witnessed a 6% increase in the past 7 days. The increase also comes as the continent experiences an overall decrease in infections. Covid-19 cases increased by an average of 1 600 cases a day for the past week.

Zimbabwe recorded 16 new cases of the virus to bring the total cases to 7,803. No new death was recorded hence the death toll remains at 227. The recovery rate is at 78% as 6067 cases have been reported to have recovered.

As the Covid-19 outbreak continues, we have learnt that people experience the disease differently. Some require hospitalisation where the outcome may be fatal, while others are able to recover at home.

Fatigue is common in people who recover from Covid-19, regardless of severity

But according to new research presented at a conference on Covid-19 hosted by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, there is one key factor that many Covid-19 patients, mild and severe alike, experience – persistent fatigue. As more people recover from Covid-19, some are experiencing post-infection problems, the researchers stated.

“Fatigue is a common symptom in those presenting with symptomatic Covid-19 infection. Whilst the presenting features of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been well-characterised, the medium and long-term consequences of infection remain unexplored,” explained Dr Liam Townsend, lead study author from St James’s Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Health 24

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