Covid 19 coronavirus: Surging global numbers show normal life still far away

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 20, 2020

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to over 14.2 million, while the deaths have topped to more than 601,000.

The highest jumps in new confirmed infections were observed in the US, Brazil, India and South Africa.

India became the third country in the world to record more than one million cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, behind only the U.S. and Brazil. At least 30 people have been infected and authorities are conducting universal testing in communities where cases were discovered, later to be expanded to other parts of the city and major businesses.

Texas reported more than 10,000 cases for the fifth consecutive day and Arizona reported a record number of Covid-19 deaths.

The previous record rise in new confirmed cases was recorded by World Health Organization just one day earlier. Experts believe the true numbers around the world are higher because of testing shortages and data collection issues in some nations. More than 90 people have died in Karnataka due to Covid-19 in last 24 hours.

"Even as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, human trials of vaccine - COVAXIN developed by "Bharat Biotech" has started at a government-run hospital - PGI Rohtak in northern state of Haryana on Friday".

"The simple fact is that many South Africans are sitting ducks because they can not comply with World Health Organization protocols on improved hygiene and social distancing", the foundation of former South African archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize victor Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, warned in a statement.

In Britain, which has the tenth highest number of infections, some 294,066 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 45,273 have died.

He expressed concern that "fatigue seems to have set in" and people are letting down their guard, with little social distancing and face masks abandoned. "We're doing our best, but we're not an ICU".

The surge of infections means that millions of American children are unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall.

Several European countries have meanwhile imposed lockdown measures in some parts fo the country following localised surges.

Bihar, Punjab and Rajasthan have reported seven fatalities each, followed by Telangana with six deaths, Jammu and Kashmir five, Odisha and Puducherry three each, Assam, Tripura and Kerala two each while Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand have registered one fatality each.

China yesterday confirmed 16 new cases in the northwestern city of Urumqi, amid the latest outbreak of the virus since it was largely contained in late March. Citizens not wearing masks in Melbourne will be fined.

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