WASHINGTON – Two different studies of the COVID-19 pandemic provide a grim analysis.
One study says the widely accepted death toll of 5 million is probably the highest, and that figure has been reached since Nov. 1 when the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Center announced its figures. The next study provides a poignant statistical analysis of the pandemic, including the fact that 50 million people are becoming infected with the virus every 90 days.
Reuters news agency extends its analysis into perspective, recalling that it took about a year to record the first 50 million cases of COVID-19. The current high level is due to the delta variant having high transmittance, says Reuters.
The number of cases in Russia, Ukraine and Greece is “almost at the record level reported since the pandemic began two years ago,” says Reuters, with new infections continuing to rise in 55 of the world’s 240 countries. .
On Monday, Germany reported the highest daily number since the pandemic began. The Robert Koch Institute reported 201.1 new cases per 100,000 people over the past seven days, breaking the previous record of 197.6 per 100,000. The French news agency AFP reports that the COVID rate in the East German state of Saxony is more than double the national rate, at 491.3.
The Reuters news agency investigation also compiled statistics on vaccination inequality, which among other things shows that more than half of the world’s population has not received a single vaccine against COVID-19 and less than 5% of the population in countries with low-income received only one dose of the vaccine.
The death toll in some countries could be many times higher than official government reports, according to The Economist. The magazine says there are several reasons for the smaller figures reported. Some countries do not include in the number of deaths from COVID-19 persons who did not test positive for COVID-19 before they died. Also, hospitals and local government do not always process death certificates immediately. In addition, people who die at home may not be included in the number of victims of COVID-19.
A Northern California city council has declared itself a “constitutional republic,” as a way of expressing its dissatisfaction with what it considers a violation of state and federal authority in issuing ordinances, e.g. for wearing masks to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
However, legal experts say the Oroville city council decision does not allow the city to circumvent ordinances.
Fully vaccinated in the state of New South Wales, Australia, are enjoying the removal of a number of restrictions on the coronavirus on Monday, including the removal of restrictions on the number of home visitors.
Health workers in India are preparing for a rise in coronavirus cases following Diwali, the annual festival of lights, which began on Thursday.
Dr. Prakash Singh, a virologist, told The New York Times that “for this Diwali, people almost forgot that the virus is still here and is killing people.” / VOA /
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