Because the variety of COVID-19 infections and deaths within the U.S. continues to climb, three of the nation’s prime public well being officers are testifying Friday earlier than a Home committee investigating the White Home’s response to the pandemic.
The three officers are: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the county’s prime infectious illness skilled; the Director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield; and the Assistant Secretary of Well being Admiral Brett Giroir, the Trump administration’s coronavirus testing chief.
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The U.S. has nearly 4.5 million COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 152,000 individuals have died from the contagion, in keeping with Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Useful resource Heart statistics.
There are 17.three million COVID-19 circumstances worldwide.
Youngsters carry extra viral load than adults
The outcomes of a small examine revealed Thursday in a significant U.S. pediatric journal says that younger kids carry extra coronavirus genetic materials of their noses than older kids and adults. The examine, nevertheless, didn’t measure the fee at which the kids transmit the virus to others.
The resurgence of COVID-19 in lots of international locations is “pushed partly by youthful individuals letting down their guard through the Northern Hemisphere summer time,” World Well being Group Director-Normal Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated Thursday.
Younger adults, many with out masks, are ignoring social distancing suggestions to pack bars, nightclubs, and seashores which were reopened since authorities lifted coronavirus restrictions.
“The vast majority of younger individuals contaminated are likely to have extra delicate illness. However that’s not all the time constant,” stated Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist who referred to as nightclubs “amplifiers of transmission.”
Younger individuals who present delicate or no signs can unfold the virus to extra weak older individuals.
Brazil’s president nonetheless struggling
In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro, who examined optimistic for the coronavirus on July 7 after which damaging final Saturday, stated that after 20 days indoors he had mould on his lungs. He’s being handled with antibiotics. He had repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as “slightly flu.”
Brazil, as of Thursday night, had 2.6 million confirmed circumstances and 91,263 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins.
Among the many confirmed circumstances is Brazil’s first girl, Michelle Bolsonaro, who examined optimistic on Thursday, in keeping with a press release from the presidential palace. Science and Know-how Minister Marcos Pontes additionally stated he had examined optimistic for the virus, making him the fifth cupboard minister identified publicly.
The chief of the northeastern Spanish area of Catalonia is warning younger adults to cease partying or authorities could need to reimpose harsh restrictions.
Britain ponders new lockdown amid surge
Britain is reporting its highest variety of new COVID circumstances since late June, with officers warning that extra quarantines could also be crucial.
British well being officers registered 846 new circumstances Thursday and Minister for Well being and Social Care Matt Hancock stated a second wave of the virus is rolling throughout Europe and that Britain should defend in opposition to it.
“It’s completely very important as a rustic that we proceed to maintain our focus and our self-discipline, and that we don’t delude ourselves that by some means we’re out of the woods or that that’s throughout, as a result of it isn’t throughout,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated Thursday.
British authorities added Luxembourg to the nation’s quarantine record, that means vacationers from there should isolate for 14 days after coming into Britain. Spain, which had been dropped from the record, has been reinstated and different international locations could also be added.
Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, reimposed a two-week lockdown on Thursday after a surge in new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances. The rise got here because the WHO warned in opposition to easing coronavirus restrictions all through Africa. The WHO says the variety of infections on the continent has doubled prior to now month.
“We’re involved that … we are going to see a rise in circumstances as we have now seen in [other] international locations” the place restrictions have been eased too quickly,” WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti stated
She stated greater than 20 African international locations have recorded extra new circumstances than within the earlier weeks, with South Africa accounting for probably the most however will increase additionally reported in Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Moeti stated Uganda, Seychelles and Mauritius are doing effectively in controlling the virus.
Cuba stories new circumstances
Cuba reported 9 new circumstances Thursday, and 37 new circumstances earlier this week. Simply 10 days in the past, Cuba reported no new circumstances for the primary time for the reason that outbreak started in March. Nonetheless, it has reported no deaths for greater than two weeks.
Cuba has up to now been comparatively profitable in preventing COVID-19, however the island’s prime epidemiologist, Francisco Duran, stated Thursday Cubans are getting careless.
“Persons are holding various kinds of gatherings with out taking into consideration distancing and sometimes with out even utilizing a face masks,” he stated. “Every small peak underscores an absence of self-discipline … prompting stricter measures.”
In Florida, Key West police arrested a pair who examined optimistic for COVID-19 for being in public in defiance of a quarantine order.
Neighbors who videotaped the couple strolling and purchasing gave the tapes to police.
The couple’s arrest is among the many first within the state for violating a quarantine.
Florida, with 461,000 coronavirus circumstances and 6,600 deaths, is second solely to California, which has 492,000 confirmed circumstances and eight,965 deaths, amongst U.S. states.
Canine dies of coronavirus
Nationwide Geographic journal is reporting that the primary canine in the US sickened by COVID-19 has died.
Buddy, a 7-year-old German shepherd in New York grew to become unwell in April whereas his proprietor was recovering from the coronavirus.
Buddy had the identical signs as human sufferers, together with issue respiration. He was euthanized earlier this month after he began vomiting and urinating blood and will now not stroll.
Buddy’s medical doctors stated he was additionally affected by most cancers. Docs say people with pre-existing situations are extra inclined to COVID-19.
The WHO says pet-to-people transmission of the coronavirus is unlikely.
Nationwide Geographic says 12 canines and 10 cats have examined optimistic for coronavirus within the U.S.