Asia surpassed 10 million Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the second one biggest regional tally on this planet. In another grim milestone, the USA broke its day-to-day record for new coronavirus infections on Friday, reporting 84,218 new cases because of outbreaks in practically each and every a part of the country.
In the back of only Latin The us, Asia accounts for approximately one-fourth of the global caseload of 42.1 million of the virus. With over 163,000 deaths, the region accounts for some 14% of the global Covid-19 toll.
Inside the region, South Asia led by India is the worst affected, with almost 21% of the reported global coronavirus cases and 12% of deaths. This contrasts with countries like China and New Zealand that have crushed infections and Japan.
Bangladesh is Asia’s second worst-hit country, with almost 400,000 cases. But day-to-day infections have slowed to 1,453, less than 40% of the July peak.
In the USA, the spike in cases comes less than two weeks before the election on November 3 and is hitting battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Thursday, the USA reported a near-record 76,195 new cases.
The preceding record was once 77,299 new cases on July 16. At the time, hospitalisations for Covid-19 patients hit 47,000 and two weeks later deaths rose to an average of 1,200 per day.
Earlier, the World Health Association (WHO) warned of an “exponential” rise in infections threatening health systems’ ability to manage. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “too many countries are seeing an exponential increase in Covid-19 cases and that’s now leading to hospitals and intensive care units running near to or above capacity – and we’re still only in October”.
Expect to live with Covid till mid-2021, says Macron
France should live with the coronavirus a minimum of until next summer, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday.
Macron said there were no plans at this stage to minimize curfews aimed at preventing the virus spreading. “When I listen to scientists I see that projections are for at best until next summer,” he said, adding it was once too early to say whether France was once headed towards lockdowns.
France reported 41,622 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday and will break through the 1,000,000 cumulative tally on Friday.
Poland’s president tests positive for coronavirus
Poland’s President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus but is feeling mannered, his spokesman said on Saturday. Duda’s diagnosis comes amid a enormous surge in confirmed new cases of Covid-19 and virus-related deaths in Poland, a nation that saw only very low infection rates in the spring.
His spokesman, Blazej Spychalski, said on Twitter that the 48-year-old conservative leader was once tested the day before and his result was once positive. He said the president is in isolation.