Russia Registers Vaccine,Cases Top 20M 08/11 06:15
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20 million, more
than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as Russia on
Tuesday became the first country to register a vaccine against the virus.
ROME (AP) -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide topped 20
million, more than half of them from the United States, India and Brazil, as
Russia on Tuesday became the first country to register a vaccine against the
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration at a government
meeting and added that one of his two adult daughters had already been
inoculated. "She's feeling well and has high number of antibodies," he said.
Russia has reported more than 890,000 cases, the fourth-most in the world,
according to a Johns Hopkins University tally that also showed total confirmed
cases globally surpassing 20 million.
It took six months or so to get to 10 million cases after the virus first
appeared in central China late last year. It took just over six weeks for that
number to double.
An AP analysis of data through Aug. 9 showed the U.S., India and Brazil
together accounted for nearly two-thirds of all reported infections since the
world hit 15 million coronavirus cases on July 22.
Health officials believe the actual number of people infected with the virus
is much higher than that tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, given testing
limitations and that as many as 40% of those with the virus show no symptoms.
In Europe, countries that appeared to have gotten their outbreaks under
control during nationwide lockdowns and lifted many public restrictions worked
to prevent a resurgence of the virus. Finland joined France and Germany in
announcing it would test travelers from at-risk countries upon arrival.
Spain, which along with Italy was hardest hit when the virus first exploded
on the continent, now has the most confirmed cases in western Europe at nearly
323,000. The number of new cases have risen steadily in Spain since its strict,
three-month lockdown ended on June 21, reaching 1,486 on Monday.
In Greece, which imposed strict lockdown measures early and kept its
reported cases low during the height of the European epidemic, the government
announced new measures Monday to prevent an outbreak. It ordered bars,
restaurants and cafes in several regions to shut between midnight and 7 a.m.
Outside Europe, infection rates are exponentially higher.
The number of new cases reported daily continues to rise in India, hitting a
rolling seven-day average of 58,768. In the U.S., which so far has more than 5
million confirmed cases, the daily average has decreased since July 22nd, but
remains high at over 53,000.
South Africa has more than a half-million cases. In the country with the
world's largest number of HIV-positive people, the virus has disrupted the
supply of antiretroviral drugs that a United Nations agency says could lead to
500,000 additional AIDS-related deaths.
In the 45 days it took reported coronavirus cases worldwide to double to 20
million, the number of reported virus deaths climbed to 736,191 from 499,506,
according to the Johns Hopkins count, an average of more than 5,200 a day.
About one-fifth of reported deaths, or more than 163,000, have been in the
U.S., the most in the world.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that authorities
found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown
source, the first cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days.
Caseloads are still rising quickly in many other countries, including
Indonesia and Japan.
In Mexico, President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, like Brazil's President
Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump, seldom wears a mask and has
resisted calls for a strict lockdown, saying Mexicans should be convinced to
observe social distancing, not forced to do so by police or fines.
With nearly 500,000 cases and more than 50,300 deaths, Mexico has struggled
with how to curb outbreaks given that just over half its people work off the
books with no benefits or unemployment insurance.
A full lockdown would prove too costly for people with little savings and
tenuous daily incomes, said Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lpez-Gatell, the
president's point man on the epidemic.
"We do not want a solution that would, in social terms, be more costly than
the disease itself," he said.
Mexico's relatively high death rate results partly from the country having
one of the world's highest rates of obesity and diabetes. There has also been
relatively little testing. Of all tests done, 47% are positive, suggesting that
only seriously ill people are getting tests. That has hindered contract tracing.
India reported 53,601 new cases Tuesday as its count of total infections
neared 2.3 million. Its reported case morality rate, at 2%, is much lower than
in the U.S. and Brazil.
In Japan, where outbreaks have been widening as officials urge people to
consider this year's summer holidays "special" and stay home, the rate of
positive tests in Tokyo, the country's worst hit region, has been climbing but
remains at 7%.
Vietnam went from having reported no confirmed deaths and very few cases to
battling fresh outbreaks that emerged in the seaside city of Danang.
Meanwhile, outbreaks in mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong
declined, with the number of new community infections in China falling to 13,
all in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. Hong Kong counted 69 new cases.
Similar to many other Asian countries, China requires testing and a two-week
quarantine of all new arrivals and has barred most foreigners from entering the
Border closures, masks, lockdowns and infection data are now the new way of
life for much of the world, not the politically combustible topics they are in
A review by the Kaiser Health News service and The Associated Press found
that at least 49 state and local public health leaders have resigned, retired
or been fired since April across 23 states. The list has grown by more than 20
people since the AP and KHN started keeping track in June.