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The number of coronavirus cases across the world continues to increase rapidly as there are now 48,358,560 cases globally. A record 515,281 cases were recorded yesterday and 9,353 deaths were also recorded.
The US recorded 91,530 new Covid-19 infections on the day many Americans cast their ballots, adding to a series of staggering case numbers reported within just the past week. The country’s five highest days of coronavirus cases have all been recorded since October 29, affirming experts’ warnings that another surge is well underway and will only get worse. The nationwide seven-day average of new daily cases now stands at about 86,363 — more than double what it was on September 4.
Brazil reported another 23,976 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and a further 610 deaths from Covid-19, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The country has now registered 5,590,025 infections since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 161,106, according to ministry data, in the world’s most fatal outbreak outside the United States.
Europe has seen a 22% increase in new coronavirus cases and a 43% increase in deaths in the past seven days compared with the previous week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday in their latest weekly Covid-19 update. France, Italy and the UK reported the highest numbers of new cases in that time, although Andorra, Czech Republic and Belgium reported the highest per population incidence
The UK has the highest official death toll in Europe from Covid-19 and is grappling with more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases a day. Scientists warned the “worst-case” scenario of 80,000 dead could be exceeded without action. The country has recorded another 25,177 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, another significant load of infections announced hours before England goes into a second lockdown. There have been a further 492 deaths.
France registered 40,558 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, compared to 36,330 on Tuesday and a record of 52,518 on Monday, health ministry data showed. The total number of cases increased to 1,543,321 but the ministry added that the number of new cases reported on Wednesday was a minimum number due to problems with data gathering. While cases in France rose in line with much of Europe since August, the country saw a significant surge in infection during October.
The cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 730 548 with 1 712 new cases identified in the past 24 hours. The Department of Health has also announced 46 more COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 585. The recoveries now stand at 660 185 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
Morocco has the second highest number of cases in Africa with 97,881 cases. The country has been recording an average of 4, 000 cases over the past month, making it the country with the highest new cases for the past 4 weeks. Deaths recorded in the nation are at 3,982.
Kenya will extend its nightly Covid-19 curfew until January 3, 2021, with an additional hour of curfew — from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. — as cases in the country surge, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address on Wednesday. When Kenya’s coronavirus restrictions were eased at the end of September, the positivity rate of tests conducted was 4%, and hospital bed occupancy was down 60% since June. Meanwhile, after restrictions were eased in October, the testing positivity rate shot up to 16%, with hospital bed occupancy rates up 140%, said Kenyatta adding: “We have without a doubt experienced a reversal and a serious one at that.”
Zimbabwe recorded 17 new cases to bring the total number of cases to 8,427. 2 new deaths were recorded in Bulawayo which brings the total death toll to 248. Recoveries recorded are now at 7,967. The national recovery rate is at 94,5%.
COVID-19 is spurring health innovation in Africa: WHO study
In Africa, 57.8% of the technologies were ICT-driven, 25% were based on 3D printing and 10.9% were robotics. The COVID-19 pandemic has galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations that have been piloted or adopted in Africa, a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds. In a statement, the WHO says the study of 1000 new or modifications of existing technologies that have been developed worldwide to target different areas of the COVID-19 response finds that Africa accounts for 12.8% of the innovations. The response areas include surveillance, contact tracing, community engagement, treatment, laboratory systems and infection, prevention and control. In Africa, 57.8% of the technologies were ICT-driven, 25% were based on 3D printing and 10.9% were robotics.” SABC News.
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