US infectious disease chief Dr Anthony Fauci says the nation has a "serious problem" as 16 states reel from a spike in Covid-19 cases. At the first White House task force briefing in two months, Dr Fauci said: "The only way we're going to end it is by ending it together."
The serious problem is enormous. Yesterday, almost another 200,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded bringing the grand total to just short of 10 million cases and a half a million people dead globally.
The US yesterday recorded its third-day running of new cases with more than 45,000 new cases, beating the old record recorded the day before when 40,000 new cases were revealed. Total deaths in the US from the virus is at 125,000 thousand from nearly 2,467,837 cases, more than any other country. In Texas, Florida and Arizona, reopening plans have been paused due to a surge in cases. Health officials in the US estimate the true number of cases is likely to be 10 times higher than the reported figure.
Around the world
Brazil's unrelenting surge continues with 47,000 new cases reported there yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 1,274,974 with 56,000 of them dying. India had its record number of cases yesterday topping almost 20,000. In Europe, France had a spike yesterday just days after an easing of lockdowns. Turkey appears to be heading for a second wave too after the virus appeared to be dwindling there in early June.
Good News just around the corner?
With the official global death rate now at 500,000, many experts believe that the real number of deaths could be anything from 150,000 to 200,000 higher than the official number. However yesterday, the BBC claimed although there is a worldwide surge in new cases, the number of people dying from the disease is actually dropping, for instance, deaths in the UK from the virus is down to 1.5% suggesting Covid-19 is losing it virality.
Was COVID-19 in Europe a year ago already?
SARS-CoV-2 detected in wastewater collected in Barcelona on March 12, 2019
Researchers at the University of Barcelona have detected the presence of the Covid-19 virus in samples of Barcelona's sewage, collected as far back as March 12, 2019, almost a year before the virus broke out in Europe. These results, which were sent to a high-impact journal and published in the medRxiv repository, would indicate that the infection was present long before any case of COVID-19 was recorded in the world. Full story