Lockdowns, Second Waves & A Record Number Of International Cases In 24 Hours 😳 🌎
Time for an update 👀
We'll be covering the current state of coronavirus in 3 parts, here's a global recap 👇
Part 1 - Israel becomes the first country in the world to impose a second national lockdown 😷
In response to a soaring infection and death rate, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the lockdown decision following a 7-hour cabinet meeting.
Israel currently has one of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the world per capita, with 37,482 active cases. Also, they've just hit a record high of 519 patients in serious condition.
On the flip side, both the science minister and economy minister have warned that the economic damage from this lockdown will be so severe that the country may not recover.
In fact, the finance ministry is projecting a loss of 6.5bn shekels per week (€1.5bn).
Finance Minister Israel Katz blamed the health ministry for failures in containing the outbreak and warned of hundreds of thousands of job losses. Another minister, Yucal Steinitz, said:
"It is nice that you are raising the red flag now, when hospitals are getting full, but you had to raise that red flag a month or two ago."
Part 2 - 86% Of Doctors In England Expect Second Wave Peak In Next 6 Months ⏳
Following a recent rise in cases, around 86% of doctors in England say that they expect a second peak of COVID cases within the next 6 months.
Last Friday, new results from a population-based study suggested the R number for England is now at 1.7, meaning that cases could grow exponentially in very little time.
In fact, infections are currently doubling every 7.7 days.
There are many possible measures that could help the UK's situation, such as improving messaging to the public and promoting more work from home.
Furthermore, the implementation of a fully functioning test-and-trace system would be an excellent step, as many locals have been outraged with the current service for a while now - as many, many people are being told to travel hundreds of miles for a test.
Part 3 - WHO Records Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases In A 24 Hour Period 😳
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded a record one-day rise in the number of new coronavirus infections, with 307,930 reported over 24 hours.
Worldwide there have been more than 28 million confirmed cases, half of which have been in the Americas. European countries are also experiencing a big spike since August.
According to the WHO, India reported 94,372 new cases this past Sunday, followed by the US with 45,523, who have the world's highest death toll with more than 194,000 fatalities.
India has the second-largest number of confirmed cases in the world. Reporting nearly 2 million Covid-19 cases in August, the highest ever monthly number.
India has seen an average of 64,000 new cases per day - an 84% increase from average daily cases in July.
The death toll has topped 1,000 every day since the beginning of September.
COVID Not Slowing Down 😞
As you can see from the above, Malta isn't the only place where case numbers have shot back up again. It seems we're in for a marathon and not a sprint.
Please stay safe, and more importantly, please encourage any friends or family that you see neglecting safe practices to follow your lead.