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The WHO reported the highest total of Covid-19 cases recorded in a 24-hour period on Wednesday as worldwide infections surpassed the 5 million mark as cases around the world are now 5,090,118. Almost two-thirds of these cases were reported in just four countries which are the United States, Russia, Brazil and India.
Brazil recorded 21, 472 new infections in its biggest single-day jump. Only the US reported more cases than Brazil.
Cases continue to spike – India registered its biggest single-day surge on Wednesday, with more than 5,000 new cases. The national tally of confirmed cases has now crossed 106,000, but the recovery is nearly 40%. And the death toll – at 3,434 is, relative to some countries, low.
South Africa recorded 803 new cases yesterday to bring to 18,003 cases worldwide. 27 new deaths were recorded and the death toll is now at 339.
Zambia recorded 60 new cases yesterday to bring the total number of cases to 832 and 197 recoveries have been recorded.
Zimbabwe recorded 2 new cases of the virus and the case now stands at 48, with 18 recoveries recorded and 32, 862 tests conducted nationwide.
Children have fewer coronavirus receptors in their noses, study finds
The receptors that let the coronavirus into our cells appear to be less common in children’s noses — which may be why kids are less likely to get sick with the virus, according to a new study. The receptor is a kind of molecular doorway into cells called ACE2. The study, which looked at samples from more than 300 people between the ages of 4 and 60, found that older adults had more active receptors in their nose, while children under 10 had less.
Hydroxychloroquine trial begins in the UK
A trial to see whether two anti-malarial drugs could prevent Covid-19 has begun in Brighton and Oxford. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine or a placebo will be given to more than 40,000 healthcare workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. All the participants are staff who are in contact with Covid-19 patients.
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