Coronavirus worldwide: the latest developments

Over 19.6 million people worldwide have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. Around 727 100 infected people have died and over 12 million have recovered.

The latest developments

  • More than five million people have been shown to have contracted the coronavirus in the United States. That came out on Sunday (August 9th) from data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Recently, the number of new infections in the USA, especially in states in the south and west of the country, rose sharply again. The threshold of four million known infections had only been exceeded two and a half weeks ago. So far, more than 162,000 people in the United States have died after contracting the coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins. The authorities recently reported an average of 1,000 deaths and around 60,000 new infections per day. In no country in the world are there as many known infections and deaths in absolute terms as in the USA, a country with 330 million inhabitants.
  • In India, a hotel burned that was converted to treat Covid-19 patients. Ten people were killed on Sunday (August 9th). 20 people were saved, Police Inspector MVS Nagaraju said. The likely cause of the fire is a short circuit. A private hospital had rented the hotel to treat patients with mild symptoms. The management of the center is now being investigated on suspicion of negligent homicide. India is suffering severely from the corona pandemic. With a good 2.15 million infected people, the country ranks third in the world behind the USA and Brazil.
  • The death toll from the coronavirus in Brazil rose to more than 100,000 on Saturday (8th August), 905 more than the previous day. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has long been criticized for his lax handling of the pandemic. There have been repeated demonstrations and protests against the way the government of the right-wing populist head of state has dealt with the crisis. On Saturday, symbolic red balloons were raised for the corona victims on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
  • France’s capital, Paris, is introducing mandatory outdoor masks. Particularly heavily frequented areas such as the banks of the Seine or shopping streets in several city districts are affected, the police headquarters announced on Saturday evening (August 8th). The regulation applies from Monday.
  • The British medical device regulator has initiated the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus test kits. As the government in London confirmed on Saturday (August 8th), there are up to 741,000 tests by Randox. These may not be safe for use, it said to justify. Randox had won a £ 133 million contract from the UK government in March, including the provision of coronavirus tests. According to the Guardian, the award was made without a tender.
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