The coronavirus pandemic now exceeds 56 million cases worldwide, including approximately 1,350,000 deaths. After the United States, which has 252,419 dead, the countries most affected are Brazil (168,061), India (132,162), Mexico (100,104), and the United Kingdom (53,274). Russia has passed the two million case mark and recorded 34,850 deaths, with two new records for infections and daily deaths.
More than 200,000 new cases in 24 hours in the United States
In the United States, the epidemic is in phase “Exponential”, according to health authorities. More than 200,000 new cases in 24 hours were recorded Thursday, as well as more than 2,000 deaths, a bar that had not been crossed for months. Americans have been urged not to travel on Thanksgiving, November 26, the largest family holiday in the United States, when attendance records are traditionally broken at airports and on the roads.
And across the country, local officials have had to resolve to impose new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. In California, about 94% of the population will be placed under curfew as of Saturday, for a period of one month. The measure prohibits all travel “Non-essential” between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the counties most affected by the coronavirus epidemic. “The virus is spreading at a speed never seen since the start of this pandemic and the days and weeks to come will be critical to stop this rise. We are sounding the alarm “Governor Gavin Newsom warned.
On the other hand, President-elect Joe Biden has once again ruled out the hypothesis of national confinement.
Vaccines developed in record time are safe for Dr Fauci
Immunologist Anthony Fauci, a highly respected scientific figure in the United States, assured Thursday that the vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna against Covid-19, although developed in record time, were nonetheless safe. “The speed of the process did not compromise safety in any way, nor scientific integrity”, he said at a press conference with the White House Crisis Staff. “This is a reflection of the extraordinary scientific advances for this type of vaccine, which have enabled us to do in the space of a few months what previously took years”, he developed.
Dr Fauci also wanted to reassure about the independence of the vaccine development and certification process, which President Donald Trump has regularly promised during the campaign to arrive before the presidential election on November 3.
Mexico exceeds 100,000 dead
At least 100,000 people have succumbed to Covid-19 in Mexico, where cases of contamination have exceeded one million, the country’s authorities announced Thursday.
“Today in Mexico, 100,000 people have lost their lives due to Covid-19”, said Hugo Lopez-Gatell, responsible in the government for the strategy to fight the epidemic.
The country of 129 million people now has 100,104 deaths for 1,019,543 confirmed cases since the pandemic hit Mexico in late February, said José Luis Alomia, director general of epidemiology at the health ministry.
Over 9 million cases in India
The number of coronavirus cases in India is now over nine million, the second-highest national total in the world after that of the United States, Indian health authorities announced on Friday. The coronavirus has infected more than 9,004,000 people in India, and killed 132,162, according to official Indian figures. However, many experts believe that the actual figure is much higher, due to a relatively low number of tests.