Cases of the virus globally are now over 38 million and deaths have topped 1, 08 million. 28,556,729 cases have recovered which is a 75, 15% recovery rate.
Coronavirus has infected more than 8.03 million people and killed more than 219,000 in the USA. As of Monday, 31 states reported new Covid-19 cases this past week compared to the previous week. More than half of US states are seeing an increase in new coronavirus cases, with five states reporting a jump of more than 50% in one week. Dozens of states are seeing an upward trend of new Covid-19 cases — and the pandemic could get worse, as the latest forecast of a widely-used model projects another 181,000 deaths in the United States by February.
The United States has experienced high coronavirus death rates during the pandemic, even when compared to other countries with high Covid-19 mortality. Moderate mortality countries, with fewer than 5 to 25 deaths per 100,000 people, included Norway, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Canada. Bilinski and Emanuel note that if the US had comparable death rates to Canada since the beginning of the pandemic, it would have had 117,622 fewer deaths.
High mortality countries, with deaths greater than 25 per 100,000 people, included the United States, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Belgium. The US was faring better than some high mortality countries, but only in the early stage of the pandemic. The comparison shows that if the US had comparable death rates to France beginning May 10, it would have had 96,763 fewer deaths.
India’s health minister urged people to celebrate upcoming festivals from home as the country topped 7, 17 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
European countries including Italy and England are mulling strict new measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as cases on the continent continue to soar. More leaders are preparing to take drastic action, which will likely damage their economies, to contain a second wave of Covid-19 — following in the footsteps of nations such as France and Spain, which have been forced to tighten restrictions in major cities.
Italy, one of the worst-hit European countries during the first wave of the pandemic, is expected to impose new rules this week after Sunday saw the highest increase in coronavirus patients entering intensive care since March 31.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a new system of alert levels in England, as authorities try to curb rising numbers of infections in the country. Each area of the country will be placed under “medium,” “high” or “very high” alert levels, according to a statement from Downing Street. It added that the government was working with local leaders to decide how areas would be classified, and what they will mean.
Liverpool in northwest England is expected to be in the highest tier, which will see restrictions tightened, and gyms, pubs and casinos closed.
Germany’s largest cities have all become hotspots over the past few days, with Berlin seeing the most cases and high numbers also recorded in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen and Stuttgart.
South Africa recorded 888 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to 693 359. Gauteng is still leading with 223 169, which is 32.2% of the total number of cases in the country. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 17 863. The recoveries now stand at 624 659 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
Zimbabwe recorded 10 new cases of the virus to bring the total number of cases to 8,021. No new death was recorded hence the death toll still remains at 230. Recoveries recorded are now 7,627 which translates to a 95% recovery rate.
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