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There have been 43,734,110 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world since the beginning of the pandemic, and 1,163,559 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tracker. According to the World Health Organization data, Europe is the current pandemic hotspot, accounting for 198,276 cases yesterday.
The US average of new daily infections is now at its highest point of the pandemic, with 481,372 cases reported in a week. There are at least 8,690,143 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 225,588 people have died from the virus. More than half of the states across the nation have reported their highest single-day of new Covid-19 cases during the month of October. In the United States, the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is at a two-month high, straining health care systems in some states. The number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States last week rose 24% while the number of tests performed rose 5.5%, according to a Reuters analysis.
The United States, Russia, France and many other countries are setting records for coronavirus infections as a tidal wave of cases washes over parts of the Northern Hemisphere, forcing some countries to impose new curbs. Word that a vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc produced immune responses in both elderly and young people offered some positive news as autumn turns to winter in northern countries and more people socialise indoors.
Britain has announced wider coronavirus measures which will take the number of people under England’s highest category of restrictions to nearly 8 million. The number of new Covid cases has risen by almost a quarter over the past week to 153,483, and new Covid deaths were 50% higher than the week before, at 1,272, taking fatalities over the course of the pandemic to 44,998, the highest in Europe.
In Europe the picture was unrelentingly grim as a string of countries reported record increases, led by France, which posted more than 50 000 daily cases for the first time on Sunday, while the continent passed the threshold of 250 000 deaths. The Word Health Region which comprises of 46 countries, accounts for 46% of global cases and nearly one third of deaths.
Russia’s daily tally of new COVID-19 infections surged to a record high of 17 347 on Monday as the Kremlin warned the pandemic was beginning to take a greater toll outside Moscow. Russia in August became the first country to grant regulatory approval for a vaccine against COVID-19 after less than two months of human testing, raising eyebrows among sceptical scientists in the West.
France may even be experiencing 100 000 new infections a day, professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads a council that advises the government, told RTL radio.
France has had the most coronavirus hospitalizations since early April, with at least 1,307 new patients admitted Monday, according to the country’s health agency. It is the highest increase since April 2, with 2,761 coronavirus patients currently in intensive care units.
South Africa recorded 891 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number to 716 759. In a statement, the Department of Health also reported 40 COVID-19 related deaths. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 008. The recoveries now stand at 646 721 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.
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