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UPDATE: Covid-19. The world about to surpass 20 million infections

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Coronavirus cases around the world will pass through the 20 million milestone in the next 24 hours. Whilst the early ‘hotspots’ for Covid-19 were China, Spain, UK and Italy, over the past month the largest growth in cases, per capita, has been the US, most South American countries, South Africa, India, and locally, Philippines and Indonesia.

As of today there have been 729,586 deaths recorded around the world of people infected with Covid-19. As of this morning, Thai time, the world’s total of cases is 19,804,408.

Countries that earlier had been able to contain their initial outbreaks of Covid-19 have had recent spikes, in some cases forcing authorities to impose renewed lockdown measures. Notably Melbourne in southern Australia, which has re-introduced a draconian 6 week stay-at-home order, with few exemptions, to counter an outbreak caused by the mismanagement of returning citizens from overseas. But even with 300-400 new cases in Melbourne per day it pales into insignificance when compared to the enormous problem in the US.

Yesterday, 13 states in the the US registered more than 1,000 cases. Florida, California, Texas and Georgia have all registered more than 4,000 cases in the past 24 hours. But both the rising death rate and the new case rate appear to have turned the corner in just the past week. But authorities, who thought they could get a respite during the US summer and holidays, are now worried about a new spike as the weather starts to cool and people move back indoors, workers are encouraged to return to their workplace and schools resume.

The US, with 4.2% of the world’s population, has 26% of total world Covid-19 cases. Despite the claims of the US President in several interviews in the past few weeks, the US doesn’t have the highest testing rate. In fact, per capita, it is 19th in the world for testing.

In other Covid-19 news in the past 24 hours…

• Iraq’s Ministry of Health reported 3,325 new cases of Covid-19. This brings the total cases in the country to 147,389. The Iraqi health ministry also reported 74 coronavirus-related deaths yesterday, bringing the total to 5,310.

• One victim of Friday’s Indian Air plane crash in the southern state of Kerala, has tested positive for coronavirus. All the passengers who were on the plane are being tested for coronavirus. All 18 victims in the crash, who include the two pilots, have been identified.

• Germany’s top virologists are urging mandatory mask wearing in schools, including during classroom lessons, as schools in the country re-open after summer break.

“Due to the real danger of infections between students who are asymptomatic, we urge strict mask wearing in all grades, including during lessons.”

• South Korea recorded 43 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. 30 of the cases were locally transmitted cases, 16 of which have been linked to a church in Going City, Gyeonggi Province, Kwon Joon-wook, according to Vice Director of South Korea’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. This is the 2nd church in Going City to have been linked to new infections with 18 infections detected previously at a church in the same city.

SOURCES: CNN | Worldometers | Reuters

 

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    Paul Blake

    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    So what? There comes a point where it is time to get on with our lives and let Nature Take Her Course! I am 76, and I have lost count of how many of these viruses made me sick, at least one was a Coronavirus! So I was sick, so what, if it was bad I stayed home for a day or two, stopped eating, drank lots of fresh juice, took plenty of vitamin C, and I went back to work!

    To me, all of this fuss is a lot of political swaggering, and press exaggerated baloney and lies! Grow-up everyone, take responsibility for yourself and your family. Take or leave the advice the government and medical people give out… Anything else is Tyrannical Overreach, and stepping on the toes of the government’s BOSS, “THE CITIZENS OF THAILAND!”

    Because so far it is obvious that the government is doing a very thorough job of destroying the economy! And depressing the people so much that I just read that the suicide rate is catching up with the COVID-19 deaths in Thailand!
    “Irada, a mother of two children from Maha Sarakham, a province in the northeast of the country, who hanged herself” Ref: The Diplomat

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    It wouldn’t surprise me if the real figure globally was ten times higher… densely-populated places like Java, Luzon, northern India, Bangladesh, bits of Pakistan, are all places where it’s difficult to know what’s happening epidemiologically, and nobody’s talking about West Africa.

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    Bobby m

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 4:12 am

    Some context on these scary numbers.

    Taken from CDC (centers for disease control and prevention)

    CDC estimates that in the 2018 to 2019 Period, which would have been potentially pre Covid, influenza was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses (Infections) and that was only in the USA. Kind of puts the 20 million infections across the entire world in a little more perspective, does it not.

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Health officials race to vaccinate 70% of Khlong Toey slum residents

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Health officials are racing to vaccinate 70% of residents in Bangkok’s Khlong Toey neighbourhood, the largest slum in the city where hundreds have tested positive for Covid-19 since April. With people living in crowded conditions and many unable to take off work to self-isolate, Thai authorities have been rolling out proactive Covid-19 testing and a mass vaccination campaign in an effort to contain the virus.

A third vaccination unit has been set up in the district at the Port Authority Stadium, adding to the units at Tesco Lotus Rama IV and Wat Khlong Toey School. Around 50,000 of the 80,000 residents in the Khlong Toey slum need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, according to Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang.

As of Sunday, 11,211 people had been vaccinated at the mobile units and each vaccination unit has been handing out 1,000 queue cards each day. With the third vaccination unit, city officials plan to inoculate 2,500 to 3,000 people per day until May 19.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration launched a proactive testing campaign on April 27 in the Khlong Toey district. Since then, 19,983 people have been tested with 654 people positive for Covid-19. 5,700 people are waiting for the results to come back and the others are negative.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in Phuket are close to a “critical” low

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Covid-19 patients in severe condition may have to been transferred from a government hospital in Phuket to a private hospital as the number of available hospital beds at public intensive care units in Phuket is close to a “critical” low, according to Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol.

There are 9 ICU rooms at the Vachira Phuket Hospital. 5 are being used for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms while the other 4 rooms are for those with mild symptoms and are under observation before being moved to another bed.

“If the 9 rooms are full of severe symptom cases, that will be a big critical stage. We may need to transfer our patients to other provinces or private hospitals, which may involve additional costs.”

He says 50% of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are asymptomatic while 30% have mild symptoms and 10% have severe symptoms. For most of those with severe symptoms, the virus has moved to their lungs and they are in need of special equipment, like ventilators, to help them breathe and Charlempong says those patients need to be under close observation.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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Covid-19 variant first detected in India reported in Thailand state quarantine

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The mutated strain of Covid-19 that was first reported in India has been detected in Thailand. Health officials say a Thai woman and her young son tested positive for the variant while in quarantine for those arriving in Thailand from overseas.

The mother and her sons, ages 4, 6, and 8, had arrived in Thailand from Pakistan on April 24, according to a spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Just the mother and her 4 year old son tested positive for the B.1.617.1 strain, a variant first reported in India, while they were in a state-arranged quarantine facility.

“These were the first detections of the Indian variant in the country…There is concern about this variant and about the possibility that it could mutate in Thailand.”

The Thai government had banned flights from India, with the expectation of repatriation flights for returning Thais, due to the new variant of the virus. With the new variant found in people travelling from Pakistan, authorities are now mulling over whether to extend the ban on international arrivals from other countries.

The variant was first detected in India in October and has been reported in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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