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Global Covid-19 infections soar past 25 million

Jack Burton

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Covid-19 infections around the world surpassed 25 million today, with India setting a grim new record for the highest single-day rise in cases, 78,761. Roughly a million new cases have been detected globally every 4 days since mid-July, according to an AFP tally. The surge in India, a country of 1.3 billion people, comes as the government further eased lockdown restrictions on the weekend to ease pressure on the sagging economy. Even countries like New Zealand and South Korea, which had brought their outbreaks largely under control, are now battling new clusters of infection.

In Latin America, the hardest-hit region, coronavirus deaths in Brazil crossing 120,000, second only to the US. A researcher at public health institute Fiocruz said:

“Brazil’s curve has stabilised now, but at a very dangerous level: nearly 1,000 deaths and 40,000 cases per day. And Brazil still isn’t past the peak.”

Nearly 847,000 people have died of Covid-19 globally, and no vaccine or effective treatment is available yet; governments have been forced to resort to some form of social distancing and lockdowns to fight the spread of the virus.

In New Zealand, which went more than 100 days without local transmission before the current cluster emerged, masks will become mandatory tomorrow on public transport and flights. Tightened virus curbs kicked in on today in South Korea, which is also battling fresh clusters, including in the greater Seoul region, home to half the nation’s population.

Despite the horrifying numbers, there has been steady opposition to lockdowns and social distancing in many countries, often because of their crushing economic cost. Resistance has come from the extreme right and left of the political spectrum, as well as from conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccine campaigners.

In Berlin on yesterday, around 18,000 people gathered to march against coronavirus restrictions, but police stopped the rally because many were not respecting social distancing measures.

Protesters waved German flags and shouted slogans against Chancellor Angela Merkel often used by the far-right Alternative for Germany party.

Some carried signs promoting widely debunked conspiracy theories about vaccines, facemasks and 5G communications. Similar protests were held in London and Zurich, where people carried signs supporting the far-right QAnon movement, which promotes, with no credible evidence, bizarre theories about Satan-worshipping cabals and “deep state” plots.

The pandemic has upended economies and societies around the world, and halted most large gatherings, from sport and music to religion and politics. The world’s top sport, culture and music events are struggling with the challenge of hosting spectators while reducing the risk of virus transmission, including even the Olympic Games in Japan, which have been postponed for a year.

But there was some good news yesterday in New York, once among the world’s biggest coronavirus hotspots: visitors raised their arms, clapped and lined up to get tickets as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened its doors after a 6 month closure.

“It means that there is some semblance of normalcy. The Met has been a part of New York history for over 150 years… So this is a big first step.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | AFP

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Tragic, but still deaths have not even reached a million yet – 847.000.
    The last estimated population of the world is 7,800,000.000.
    According to Cancer Research, there were 9.6 million deaths to cancer in 2018.
    The fear of these virus is totally out of proportion to the danger of the virus.

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      J. Jones

      Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      add that 847 thousand to that 9.6 million.

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      Gary

      Monday, August 31, 2020 at 11:36 am

      Just looked up Hepatitis B, can be fatal, 850000 deaths attributed, 350 million infected, most won’t know, where is the economic panic?

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    J. Jones

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Flu season picks up in October. I expect that is when we wilk all see a second round of spikes. At the same time, colder population areas will be searching for warmer climates, and safer surroundings. Mixing populations is not such a great idea during the flu season. No need to shut things down…but also no need to open new battlegrounds. December will be a good month to step back and see where this thing is going.

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    Chris

    Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    We are waking up to this Covid flu 99% recovery rate not even in the top 20 viruses in the world poeple r waking up to this overeach and fear mongering and misleading information from mainstream media & death certificates. Germany ,UK , Australia, Europe USA is awakening1

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    Edy F.

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Albert Einstein said : “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by
    those who look at them without doing anything”.

    INTERNATIONAL ALERT MESSAGE
    OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO GOVERNMENTS
    AND CITIZENS OF THE WORLD :
    STOP to : terror, madness, manipulation, dictatorship, lies and
    the biggest health scam of the 21th century

    The collective : United Health Professionals

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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