Sick of COVID-19? It isn’t going away

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The world has had to endure the coronavirus increasingly since January and seven months later the World Health Organization states a new daily record in reported global cases of COVID-19.

India and the US have recorded new daily record totals of coronavirus infections as lockdowns involving hundreds of thousands of people continue to take place in many parts of the world. New and previous coronavirus restrictions are continuing to be implemented globally.

  • In Melbourne, Australia, a population of 300,000, has been told to lockdown for six weeks after an alarming spike in cases of COVID-19.
  • The population of more than 200,000 people in and around the northeastern town of Lerida in the Catalonia region of Spain to return to home confinement. Only seven days earlier they had been ordered to stay away from the rest of the region.
  • Florida recorded 15,300 new cases of COVID-19, setting a new US coronavirus pandemic record, topping New York’s peak on April 4.

  • South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa in a national televised address re-imposed a nationwide night-time curfew and ban on alcohol sales on Sunday in response to what he called a “coronavirus storm” that was “far fiercer and more destructive than any we have known before”.
  • Three generations of a Bollywood family have tested positive to COVID-19. Actor Ashwarya Rai Bachchan, 46, a former Miss World, her actor husband, Abhishek, her actor father-in-law Amitabh, and her daughter Aaradhya, eight, all have the coronavirus.

     

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    The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record 230,370 infections of COVID-19 in 24 hours, stating the biggest increases were in the US, Brazil, India and South Africa.

    The previous WHO high for new cases was 228,102 on July 10. The number of people dying remained steady at about 5,000 a day.

    Reported coronavirus cases were approaching 13 million globally on Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University in North Baltimore. It marks another grim milestone in the spread of the disease that has killed more than 566,000 people in seven months.

    It appears only a vaccine can rid the world of the coronavirus. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a phase 3 vaccine trial of 30,000 COVID-19 patients for Pfizer’s vaccine candidate which is being developed by German partner BioNTech that may hit the market in October. Pfizer has ramped up its projected shot production to 100 million doses by the end of the year and has begun talking to governments around the globe over supplies. The phase trial is expected to begin later this month.

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