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There are now 39,959,273 cases of the Coronavirus pandemic globally with over 1,1 million deaths.

In the US, ten states reported their highest single-day tallies of new Covid-19 infections Friday, and the country reported its highest one-day total since July, as experts say a dangerous fall surge of coronavirus infections is well underway. As for the entire country, cases are swinging up after a summer surge waned.

Daily US case averages had dipped to around 34,300 by September 12. But now, the country is averaging more than 55,000 new cases daily over the past week — up more than 60% since mid-September’s dip. The country recently has averaged about 700 Covid-19 deaths a day, below the daily tolls above 1,000 from late July to mid-August.

Brazil has registered 461 further coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours and 22,792 new confirmed cases. The South American country has now registered 153,690 total coronavirus deaths and 5.2 million total confirmed cases.

As coronavirus cases spike across the continent, European governments are facing a new obstacle in their efforts to enforce restrictions — with several major cities and regions fighting back against instructions to lock down in recent days.

The UK, Germany, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic, alongside other nations, have all recorded their highest-ever confirmed Covid 19 infections in October, as leaders warn of potentially severe winter outbreaks. Cities in the UK, France, and Spain are resisting centralized efforts to impose tighter regulations, with days of tense negotiations ongoing as infections increase.

Daily coronavirus deaths in Europe could reach four or five times their April peak within months without effective countermeasures, the World Health Organization has said, as nine more countries reported record numbers of new infections. But Kluge said there was cause for optimism because the situation was not the same as during the first wave of the pandemic, and tighter controls introduced by many European countries this week could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Kluge said confirmed cases in the organisation’s 53 European member states had climbed from 6m to more than 7m in 10 days, with records set on 9 and 10 October, when daily totals exceeded 120,000 cases for the first time.

The World Health Organization warns that Africa is experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 infections as countries relax their restrictions.

According to the WHO Africa regional director Matshidiso Moeti, the number of new daily confirmed cases overall has started rising after slowing since mid-July, with a “substantial rise in deaths” confirmed over the past week. But, the Africa Centre for Diseases Controls’ John Nkengasong says the rise in numbers of reported deaths could also be due to an improvement in African countries’ ability to document deaths from coronavirus.

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 702 131 with 1 928 new cases identified since the last report. 38 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, this brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 18 408. The number of recoveries now stands at 630 436, which translates to a recovery rate of 90%
Zimbabwe recorded 11 new cases to bring the total number of cases to 8,110. The national remains at 95% as 7,673 have been recorded.

Remdesivir has very little effect on Covid-19 mortality, WHO finds

Remdesivir, one of the big treatment hopes for Covid-19, has very little effect on preventing deaths, according to a large and comprehensive trial run by the World Health Organization. The drug, made by the US biotech firm Gilead, has been talked up as a potential cure and was taken by Donald Trump. A trial in the US had previously showed it reduced the length of stay in hospital.

But the gold-standard Solidarity WHO trial, which was based on a far larger sample – 3,000 people on the drug, compared with as many who were not – showed remdesivir had little effect on deaths over 28 days. Guardian

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