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Global Statistics

Country Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths Total Recovered Active Cases Total Tests
World 42,400,268 +427,266 1,147,794 +5,627 31,379,647 9,872,827  
USA 8,727,486 +62,036 229,145 +764 5,690,069 2,808,272 394,668
India 7,813,668 +54,028 117,992 +656 7,013,569 682,107 72,326
Brazil 5,353,656 +21,022 156,471 +509 4,797,872 399,313 102,803
Russia 1,480,646 +17,340 25,525 +283 1,119,251 335,870 385,262
Spain 1,110,372 +19,851 34,752 +231 N/A N/A 331,544
Argentina 1,053,650 27,957 851,854 173,839 60,485
France 1,041,075 +42,032 34,508 +298 109,486 897,081 220,557
Africa 1,706,365 +9,947 40,965 +205 1,397,655 267,745  
South Africa 712,412 +1,897 18,891 +48 643,523 49,998 4,657,116
Morocco 190,416 +3,685 3,205 +73 157,175 30,036 3,153,471
Egypt 106,060 6,166 98,624 1,270 135,000
Ethiopia 92,229 +536 1,400 +4 46,118 44,711 1,430,043
Nigeria 61,805 1,127 56,985 3,693 595,283
Zambia 16,095 +60 346 15,179 570 225,645
Namibia 12,501 +41 133 10,748 1,620 120,558
Mozambique 11,748 +189 82 +1 9,234 2,432 177,287
Zimbabwe 8,257 +15 236 7,771 250 162,958
Botswana 5,923 21 927 4,975 279,070
Malawi 5,885 +11 183 5,287 415 59,402
Lesotho 1,934 +11 43 961 930 22,200

The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly. The totally caseload has surpassed 42, 4 million cases after 427, 266 cases were recorded. The USA had the highest number of new infections with 62,036 followed by India which had more than 54 cases and Brazil had the third highest number of new cases. 

More than 70,000 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the US for the first time in the past three months on Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Thursday was the highest day for new infections since July 24 and the day with the fourth highest total ever, at 71,671. Thirty-two states reported rising Covid-19 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 41,000 people were hospitalized across the country, according to the Covid Tracking Project. This is the highest level of nationwide hospitalizations since Aug 20. The number of people hospitalized has increased by 33% since the beginning of October, the CTP says. Deaths are also creeping upward. That is the highest level of average weekly deaths in a month.

France reported a new daily record for coronavirus infections with 42,032 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to numbers released by country’s health agency on Friday. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in France to 1,041,075, according to French government statistics, and marks the first time the government’s coronavirus case tally has surpassed 1 million.  France also recorded 298 additional coronavirus deaths, bringing the death toll to 34,508, according to the French Health Agency. 

Russia reported 17,340 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, around 1,000 cases more compared to the previous record daily increase reported on October 20. It has the fourth highest number of cases in the world, after the United States, India and Brazil.

Italy, which was one of the worst affected countries earlier in the year, is suffering a new spike. Its rolling average of new cases has risen from 2,208 at the start of the month to 11,341 this week. Italy reported another record high with 19,143 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Italian health ministry on Friday. That’s up from Thursday’s record of 16,079 new coronavirus cases. Italy also reported 91 coronavirus deaths on Friday.

The five countries with the highest rate of coronavirus infections when measured against population are all in Europe are the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France. The Czech Republic and Belgium have by far the highest rate of new Covid-19 infections, but other countries in Europe are seeing steep rises.

The United Kingdom has seen a sharp rise in its rolling average this month, from 9,729 new cases to 19,290 per day – which equates to 284 cases per million.  The picture in Spain is less dramatic but the daily average remains stubbornly high. Despite new measures to restrict movement in the most affected areas, the daily average of new cases has only edged down from 14,690 at the beginning of the month to 13,987 on Oct. 19 – 299 per million.  

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Zimbabwe recorded 15 new cases to bring the total caseload in Zimbabwe to 8,257. Deaths remain at 236. Total Recoveries are now at 7,771 which is  a 94% recovery rate. 

Johnson & Johnson is taking steps to resume its US Covid-19 vaccine trial

Johnson & Johnson said Friday the independent monitoring board overseeing its phase 3 Covid-19 vaccine trial in the United States has recommended resuming the trial, which was paused earlier this month after a participant became ill.

Preparations to resume the trial in the US are now underway, the company said, including submissions for approval by Institutional Review Boards. Johnson & Johnson’s statement did not specify when the trial would begin again. 

Some context: The trial was put on hold Oct. 12 due to a study participant’s “unexplained illness,” the company said. Johnson & Johnson said Friday “no clear cause” was identified for a trial participant’s “serious medical event.”

Metal Prices Asia/Europe/NY market

24/10/2020

METAL BID ASK CHANGE LOW HIGH
GOLD 1905.30 1906.30 +0.20 1893.00 1920.50
SILVER 24.69 24.79 -0.01 24.31 25.04
PLATINUM 876.00 886.00 -3.00 853.00 893.00
PALLADIUM 2262.00 2412.00 -33.00 2238.00 2450.00
RHODIUM 11800.00 13800.00 0.00

(Source: Kitco)