Global COVID-19 cases today amounted to 53.1 million, after more than 657,000 were registered in the last 24 hours, a new record number of daily cases, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The dead in the pandemic rise to 1.3 million, 9,700 more than the previous day, and the daily death chart also shows a worrying upward trend and above the mortality figures of the first wave, in March and April.
By regions, America adds 22 million cases, Europe 14 million and South Asia close to 10 million, being the most affected areas of the planet. The number of infections in the rest of the continents continues to increase, except in Oceania.
America, conditioned above all by the sharp rise in the number of cases in the United States, It also released a daily record of infections today, almost 270,000, while in Europe, where the curve seems to be decreasing, there are still around 300,000 every 24 hours.
United States adds 10.4 million cases, India 8.7 million, Brazil 5.7 million and Russia 1.9 million, being the four countries with the highest absolute numbers of positives.
They follow immediately France (1.8 million), Spain (1.4 million) and United Kingdom (1.3 million), in positions that a few weeks ago were occupied by Latin American countries such as Peru, Colombia or Mexico, evidencing the displacement of the crest of the pandemic to the Old Continent.
Recovered patients on the planet amount to 37.6 million, while the barrier of 100,000 patients in serious or critical condition has already been surpassed (now there are more than 110,000), although they represent only one percent of the total active cases, which exceed 15 million.
United States, between the increase in cases and confinements
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo had already announced the closing of bars and restaurants, a measure generally well accepted in “the city that never sleeps”, where the lack of refinement has been very gradual. With more than 23,000 deaths registered in the metropolis, the memory of the morgue trucks and the tents erected in front of hospitals in March and April is still very much alive.
“We will have to close everything”Michael Mina, a Harvard epidemiologist, warned Friday. “And if we don’t shut everything down or look for some other way out, the Thanksgiving holiday will lead to another massive explosion of cases.”
But Donald Trump, in his first public intervention since announcing his defeat a week ago – which he continues to refuse to acknowledge -, firmly ruled out this possibility.
“Whatever happens in the future (…) this administration will not impose confinement”said the Republican president. Instead, he promised that delivering the first doses of a vaccine to people at risk was “a matter of weeks.”
This rebound in covid-19 cases in the United States also threatens the growth of the world’s largest economy, that you risk another setback.
Covid-19 “still determines the course of the economy,” estimated economist Diane Swonk of consultancy Grant Thornton, in an analysis.
Europe, close to collapse
With 284,000 new cases daily, Europe continues to be the region with the highest progression, even if the new infections now seem to have stabilized (+ 1%).
The restrictions continue to multiply in the Old Continent, Such as in Greece, which announced the closure of primary schools and nurseries on Saturday, or in Portugal, where on Saturday the curfew in force, between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. during the week, went ahead to 1:00 p.m. the next two weekends.
The authorities of almost all countries reject the idea of relaxing the imposed measures.
France, one of the epicenters of the second wave in Europe (932 dead in the last 24 hours), also notes a slowdown in infections, but is still too “fragile” to relax restrictions on December 1, the government said. Intensive care units are 95% occupied and the “peak” of this wave has not been reached.
The first Minister Jean Castex indicated that the government works on “rules” for the country until the arrival of a vaccine, in an interview on Saturday in the newspaper Le Monde.
But the restrictions create rejection especially in the sector of bars and restaurants, which announced that They will bring to justice the government decision to close their establishments during the reconfinement.
In Italy, where about half of Italians are in partial confinement, the situation worsens. In the Naples region, declared a “red zone”, like Tuscany, hospitals are overwhelmed: sometimes patients are treated directly in their vehicles or in ambulances.
Despite signs of a virus slowdown in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel estimated that the epidemic will “occupy us all winter.”
Amid the optimism about the promising news of a vaccine against covid-19, the distrust of the population towards immunization could undermine the most effective product, warned the immunization division of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Following the announcement of Pfizer and BioNTech on the development of a “90% effective” vaccineIt remains to be seen whether poor countries will have access to the product. The WHO director called for any “scientific breakthrough” to benefit all countries quickly.
With information from EFE and AFP
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