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As the United States continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a majority of states are showing an increase in new cases compared to the previous week. 27 states are showing upward trends; 14 states are showing steady trends and 9 states are showing downward trends. The US is currently averaging 42,785 new Covid-19 cases a day, which is down 1% from last week. The country continues to lead the world in total cases, with more than 7 million coronavirus cases.
Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said if it’s Covid-19 vaccine is proven safe and effective, it could be available to the general population by late March or early April. Moderna began its Phase 3 clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine in the US in July. It’s one of four companies that have begun Phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trials in the US — the others are Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca.
Europe is now in the middle of a second coronavirus wave as it moves into winter. England’s largest study of coronavirus infections show the spread of the disease may be slowing, according to a team at Imperial College London, who analyzed samples from 84,000 people taken between September 18 to 26. The findings, however did point to an increase in the spread of the virus in the community.
Italy on Thursday reported the highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since April 24, figures from the country’s health ministry show. The country recorded at least 2,548 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 317,409. The number of people that have died from coronavirus is at least 35,918 – an additional 24 fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours. The number of patients admitted to intensive care has also risen by 11, bringing the total to at least 291.
Germany lifted its blanket warning against traveling to all countries outside the European Union, the country’s foreign ministry announced on Thursday. Germany imposed a global travel warning at the beginning of March when the coronavirus outbreak hit Italy, lifting travel restrictions for most European countries in June.
Spain announced new coronavirus restrictions, which would put the capital Madrid into a form of lockdown. Spain reported 11,016 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. Madrid alone reported 1,586 new infections, accounting for more than 40% of the national increase.
South Africa has recorded 1 745 new coronavirus cases. This brings the total number of cases to 676 084. The country has also recorded 132 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 16 866. 49 of the new deaths were recorded in KwaZulu-Natal. The number of recoveries now stands at 609 854, this translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
South Africa welcomed its first commercial flights on Thursday at O.R. Tambo International Airport hours after the international travel ban was eased. Five borders between South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe remain closed to neighboring countries on the first day (Thursday) of the opening of borders to African nations as Level 1 lockdown regulations take effect. While South Africa opened its borders for international travelers, Zimbabwe only opens for repatriation of its nationals while Botswana only opens for essential travelers and cargo.
Zimbabwe recorded 12 new cases yesterday to bring the total number of cases to 7,850. No new deaths were recorded. Recoveries stand at 6,312 which translate to a 80% recovery rate.
160 new cases were recorded in Mozambique. The country has been witnessing a steady rise in Coronavirus related cases.
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