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Global Statistics

Country Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths New Deaths Total Recovered Active Cases Total Tests
World 38,714,576 +365,762 1,096,065 +5,825 29,098,540 8,519,971  
USA 8,145,010 +54,660 221,769 +896 5,266,301 2,656,940 121,323,470
India 7,305,070 +67,988 111,311 +694 6,379,428 814,331 90,090,122
Brazil 5,140,863 +26,040 151,747 +684 4,568,813 420,303 17,900,000
Russia 1,340,409 +14,231 23,205 +239 1,039,705 277,499 51,800,000
Spain 937,311 +11,970 33,413 +209 N/A N/A 14,590,713
Africa 1,612,476 +11,295 38,890 +257 1,330,011 243,575  
South Africa 696,414 +1,877 18,151 +123 626,898 51,365 4,458,745
Morocco 160,333 +3,387 2,726 +41 133,959 23,648 2,946,459
Egypt 104,915 +128 6,077 +6 97,920 918 135,000
Ethiopia 86,430 +712 1,312 +7 40,165 44,953 1,370,095
Nigeria 60,655 1,116 52,006 7,533 558,313
Zambia 15,616 +29 345 14,850 421 195,873
Namibia 12,069 +69 130 +1 10,145 1,794 112,448
Mozambique 10,392 +134 73 8,035 2,284 160,722
Zimbabwe 8,055 +19 231 +1 7,640 184 162,140
Malawi 5,829 +2 181 4,723 925 56,709
Eswatini 5,715 +19 114 5,347 254 45,570
Botswana 3,515 20 853 2,642 238,334
Lesotho 1,833 +11 42 961 830 21,291

Global coronavirus cases are now 38,7million, with the US, India and Brazil accounting for more than half of the worlds recorded infections. The death toll is now over 1, 09 million and the number of recovered cases is 29,098,540.

There are at least 8,145,010 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 221,060 people have died from the virus. the United States is now grappling with a new Covid-19 surge — one that could overwhelm hospitals, kill thousands of Americans a day by January and leave even young survivors with long-term complications.

India has seen a decrease in daily new cases reported this week. The Health Ministry reported 67,988 new cases on Wednesday, the first week since August that the country has reported consistent daily figures below 70,000. The total number of confirmed cases is now more than 7.23 million. India also reported 694 new virus-related fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s death toll to 111,311.

In Germany there has been a sharp rise in coronavirus infections and Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet the state premiers of the 16 federal states to discuss possible new nationwide measures ahead of the fall holidays. At the center of discussions in the chancellery will be the question of overnight stays for German visitors. 

Italy on Wednesday recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the latest figures from the country’s Ministry of Health show. Italian health authorities said there had been 7,332 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to at least 372,799 since the pandemic began.  The number exceeds the previous record set during the first wave of the pandemic on March 21, when at least 6,557 cases were recorded over a 24-hour period.  Over the past day, 43 people have died of coronavirus, bringing Italy’s total number of deaths to at least 36,289.

An elderly Dutch woman has become the first known person to die from catching Covid-19 twice, according to experts, raising serious questions about how long immunity and antibodies can last. The woman, 89, suffered from a rare type of bone marrow cancer called Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia. Her immune system was compromised due to the cell-depleting therapy she received.

South Africa recorded 1877 new cases of the virus and the total number of cases in the country is now at 696 414. The country has also recorded 123 new COVID-19 related fatalities, bringing the total number of deaths to 18 151. The number of recoveries now stands at 626 898, this translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Morocco is one country in Africa which is still recording more than 3000 cases of the virus. The country now has a total caseload of 160,333 making it the second most affected country after South Africa.The country has the third highest number of deaths with 2,726 having been recorded.

1 new death was recorded in Zimbabwe to bring the total number of deaths to 231. 19 new cases were recorded and the total number of cases is now 8,055. Recoveries recorded are at 7,640 and the number of active cases is 874.

New reports show coronavirus immunity can last for months

Three new reports just published show coronavirus immunity can last for months, and maybe even longer. The findings suggest that many, if not most, people who recover from coronavirus infections are protected for at least a period of time. They also suggest that coronavirus vaccines may be able to protect people for more than just a few weeks. One study found that people produce antibodies against coronavirus that last for at least five to seven months. CNN

“Most transmission is actually still happening in households,” WHO says

The World Health Organization on Wednesday underscored that most transmission of Covid-19 is still happening in households. Speaking during a social media Q&A, Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, said if someone tests positive for Covid-19, that they should be cared for in a medical facility – but she said she understands that cannot always happen.

Metal Prices Asia/Europe/NY market

15/10/2020

METAL BID ASK CHANGE LOW HIGH
GOLD 1901.40 1902.40 +0.20 1892.80 1914.10
SILVER 24.25 24.36 -0.01 24.05 24.73
PLATINUM 856.00 866.00 0.00 848.00 882.00
PALLADIUM 2250.00 2400.00 +37.00 2232.00 2414.00
RHODIUM 10800.00 12800.00 0.00

 (Source: Kitco)

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