Global coro­n­avirus spread gains fresh mo­men­tum; deaths sur­pass half a mil­lion

Iran Daily - - Internatio­nal -

The coro­n­avirus spread has gained fresh mo­men­tum over the past few days with global in­fec­tions al­ready sur­pass­ing 10.27 mil­lion and the num­ber of deaths over half a mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to lat­est fig­ures by worl­dome­ters. info at 1138 GMT on Mon­day, the novel coro­n­avirus has killed at least 504,974 peo­ple since the out­break emerged in China last De­cem­ber.

At least over 10.27 mil­lion cases of coro­n­avirus have been reg­is­tered in 196 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries, of these, at least 5.57 mil­lion are now con­sid­ered re­cov­ered.

The tal­lies prob­a­bly re­flect only a frac­tion of the ac­tual num­ber of in­fec­tions.

Many coun­tries are test­ing only symp­to­matic or the most se­ri­ous cases, ac­cord­ing to AFP.

Ta­ble top­per

The US con­tin­ues to be the worst-hit coun­try with 128,438 deaths from over 2.63 mil­lion cases. At least over one mil­lion peo­ple have been de­clared re­cov­ered.

Texas tragedy

The spread of coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions has taken a “swift and very dan­ger­ous turn” in the US state of Texas, Gover­nor Greg Ab­bott warned on Sun­day.

“Over just the past few weeks, the daily num­ber of cases have gone from an av­er­age of about 2,000, to more than 5,000,” Ab­bott said on Sun­day.

Sev­eral south­ern and west­ern states have recorded a surge in cases af­ter lock­down re­stric­tions were eased, ac­cord­ing to BBC.

The spike has led of­fi­cials in Texas, Florida and other states to tighten re­stric­tions on busi­ness again, with warn­ings that hos­pi­tals may soon be over­whelmed.

On Sun­day, Ab­bott said that as many as 5,000 peo­ple a day were be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

US Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence said that Texas would be is­sued ad­di­tional

COVID-19 test­ing kits for as long was nec­es­sary.

Pence also urged Tex­ans to wear masks “wher­ever it’s in­di­cated”, say­ing “we know from ex­pe­ri­ence, it will slow the spread of the coro­n­avirus”.

‘Real men wear masks’

Demo­cratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was speak­ing at a joint news con­fer­ence with Gover­nor Ab­bott on Sun­day, said that a na­tion­wide man­date to wear face cov­er­ings was “def­i­nitely long over­due”.

“My un­der­stand­ing is that the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol has rec­om­mended the use of masks but not re­quired it, be­cause they don’t want to of­fend the pres­i­dent.” Pelosi said Sun­day on ABC’S ‘This Week’.

She urged US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to wear a face mask in pub­lic.

“Real men wear masks,” Pelosi said, ABC News re­ported. “It’s not about pro­tect­ing your­self, it’s about pro­tect­ing oth­ers.” In the Texas state cap­i­tal of Austin, a re­quire­ment to wear face cov­er­ings in some cir­cum­stances in or­der to help mit­i­gate the spread of the virus led to demon­stra­tions on the city’s streets by peo­ple ob­ject­ing to the mea­sure.

On Sun­day, Ari­zona also recorded a record daily in­crease of more than 3,800 cases. Hun­dreds of peo­ple re­port­edly trav­eled to rivers in the state to es­cape the hot weather, BBC wrote.

The re­ported in­creases in in­fec­tions in south­ern and west­ern states come af­ter moves in re­cent weeks to re­open busi­nesses, re­sult­ing in peo­ple from other ar­eas pour­ing in.

Af­ter the US, the hard­est-hit coun­tries are Brazil with 57,658 deaths from over 1.34 mil­lion cases, the UK with 43,550 deaths from 311,151 cases, Italy with 34,738 deaths from 240,310 cases, and France with 29,778 deaths from 199,343 cases, ac­cord­ing to a tally from of­fi­cial sources com­piled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Mon­day.

China – ex­clud­ing Hong Kong and Ma­cau – has to date de­clared 83,512 cases (12 new since Sun­day), in­clud­ing 4,634 deaths, and 78,460 re­cov­er­ies.

Europe over­all has 196,273 deaths from over 2.65 mil­lion cases, the US and Canada over 136,000 deaths from over 2.7 mil­lion in­fec­tions, Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean 112,162 deaths from over 2.48 mil­lion cases, Asia 33,594 deaths from more than 1.24 mil­lion cases, the Mid­dle East 15,668 deaths from 733,753 cases, Africa 9,646 deaths from 384,144 cases and Ocea­nia 133 deaths from 9,244 cases.

Good news

Rus­sia on Mon­day, how­ever, re­ported 6,719 new cases of the novel coro­n­avirus, the low­est one-day re­ported in­crease since April 29, push­ing its na­tion­wide tally to 641,156, Reuters re­ported.

The na­tional coro­n­avirus task­force said 93 peo­ple had died in the last 24 hours, bring­ing the of­fi­cial death toll to 9,166.

Tokyo tally

This came as, Tokyo, on the same day, recorded 58 new cases of coro­n­avirus in­fec­tion, mark­ing the fourth straight day that in­fec­tions had ex­ceeded 50, broad­caster TV Asahi re­ported.

The Ja­panese cap­i­tal had re­ported 60 cases the pre­vi­ous day, which was the high­est daily tally since early May.

The to­tal num­ber of in­fec­tions in Ja­pan stands at 18,390, of which 971 have died.

CARL RECINE/REUTERS

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