Timeline of COVID-19 outbreak
Obama blasted at Trump for not taking his job seriously 22 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 41.3 million COVID-19 cases and 1,133,279 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,584,850 cases and the death toll is 227,409 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Six US states have reported record day-over-day spike of COVID-19 deaths. These states are Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Hawaii and Wisconsin.
The governor of Wisconsin has requested people to stay at home and not further strain the hospitals that are overburdened with coronavirus victims.
Former US president Barack Obama has once again blasted at Donald Trump by saying, “(Americans) have had to live with the consequences of him (Trump) proving himself incapable of taking the job seriously.” Obama further criticized Trump by saying, “Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us […],” as he cannot even protect himself from COVID-19.
Video: Covid’s Third Surge Moving Across U.S., Europe: Johns Hopkins
Germany records a new record single day coronavirus cases of more than 10,000 infected people. There are 30 more new deaths due to the virus.
Melania is unable to accompany Trump to campaign 21 October, 2020
There are over 40.9 million COVID-19 cases and 1,127,684 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,520,822 million cases and 226,169 deaths from the coronavirus.
The first lady, Melania Trump, is unable to return to her campaign because of persistent cough. She is scheduled to accompany president Trump to Nashville, Tennessee for his second and final debate against Joe Biden.
The COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial by AstraZeneca is likely to resume as early as this week after the US FDA has completed its review on a serious illness case.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the US FDA, said, “… we're about a week away from starting to enter a period where we're going to see a rapid acceleration in cases.”
Europe is experiencing its second wave and the US may only be two or three weeks behind it. Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 begin to rise in the US, which is another worrying sign.
The US reports approximately 300,000 more deaths during the pandemic in 2020 than in a typical year. At least 66% of the 300,000 deaths are due to COVID-19 and the true number of deaths due to the coronavirus may actually be higher.
Video: Trump says US is 'crushing' coronavirus as country surpasses 220,000 deaths
The UK government is very close to announcing the tightest coronavirus restriction measures in South Yorkshire once a deal is closed with the local leaders. This will be another tier 3 lockdown after the Greater Manchester.
US states have no funding to distribute vaccines even if they become available 20 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 40.5 million COVID-19 cases and 1,121,357 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,456,653 cases and the death toll is 225,222 fatalities from the coronavirus.
States in the US have filed plans to the CDC for coronavirus vaccine distribution but have no fund to execute them. According to James Blumenstock of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, “As it stands now, we do not have any capability to fund the imminent implementation of the plan.”
The association has requested $8.4 billion to distribute and administer the vaccine. Even if a vaccine is available, Dr Anthony Fauci said that it may be a challenge to get people to receive it.
In a review to the American College of Cardiology, researchers found survivors of COVID-19 are likely to sustain long term heart damage.
The coronavirus affects the way blood clots and damages the lungs, which affects their ability to process oxygen into blood that is vital for proper function of the body.
President Trump said Americans are “getting tired of the pandemic” and argues that his action has averted a massive economic depression.
Video: Biden hammers Trump over coronavirus response: ‘He continues to lie to us’
China is the only G20 economy predicted to grow this year 19 October, 2020
There are over 40.1 million COVID-19 cases and 1,116,786 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,388,012 million cases and 224,732 deaths from the coronavirus.
Coronavirus cases are rising in 48 of the US states. Dr Scott Atlas, a close adviser to president Trump, tweeted, “Masks work? NO.” The tweet was removed by Twitter because it violated the misleading information policy.
Dr Anthony Fauci said, despite the rising coronavirus cases in the US, things would have to get “really, really bad” before he will advise for a nationwide lockdown. Fauci said, “We want to use public health measures not to get in the way of opening the economy, but to being a safe gateway to opening the economy.”
Trump is pushing hard on his political campaign while the pandemic is getting out of hand under his administration. He demands Joe Biden to be locked up, claiming that he is a criminal. Trump is still behind Biden for winning the election according to some polls.
Video: Coronavirus: Trump says U.S. would see massive depression if he “listened totally to the scientists"
The Chinese economy grew almost 5% between July and September, which is the first major economy to recover from the pandemic. Among the G20 nations, China is the only one predicted to grow this year while the global economy may plunge by 4.4%.
Ten US states report highest single day coronavirus cases 18 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 39.7 million COVID-19 cases and 1,112,649 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,343,140 cases and the death toll is 224,283 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Ten US states record their highest single day coronavirus cases and the country as an overall, reports the highest one-day tally since July. El-Sayed, a former health director in Detroit, said, “This surge has the potential to be way worse than it was than either the spring or the summer.”
President Trump has planned a busy campaign schedule, with rallies almost every day, leading up to the Election day. Joe Biden said, “President Trump is knowingly downplaying the severity of the virus. At virtually every turn, he has panicked and tried to wish it away, rather than doing the hard work to get it under control …”
Video: More Than 20 States Set Records For New Coronavirus Infections | TODAY
Stricter coronavirus restrictions are coming to London and night-time curfew has begun in some French cities.
Rising unemployment in the US 17 October, 2020
There are over 39.4 million COVID-19 cases and 1,106,782 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,288,278 million cases and 223,644 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump revealed that he possibly did not get tested for the coronavirus before his first presidential debate with Joe Biden.
The trend of rising coronavirus cases in the US is not good news as the country heads into winter. The plan was to bring cases down in preparation for the winter but instead cases are rising.
Factors that contribute to rising cases include students returning to schools and universities, and there is resistance to social distancing and wearing face masks. Dr Anthony Fauci said, “You can't enter into the cool months of the fall and the cold months of the winter with a high community infection baseline.”
Hundreds of thousands of Americans filed for unemployment benefits. There were 898,000 first time jobless claims last week.
Video: U.S. Surpasses 8 Million Coronavirus Cases | NBC
South Australia reports three new coronavirus cases, all from overseas travellers. The state, Victoria, reports only one new case. Australia reports 27,371 cases and 904 deaths from COVID-19.
Health expert says herd immunity should not be the solution 16 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 38.9 million COVID-19 cases and 1,100,724 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,216,315 cases and the death toll is 222,717 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The US S&P stock index has plunged for three consecutive days. Technology, health care and communications stocks are sold off.
Some health experts disagree with the idea of herd immunity as the solution to COVID-19. Dr. Thomas Frieden, a former director of the CDC, said we are all connected and hence, letting the virus run its course of infections unchecked in the community is not a good idea.
A coronavirus outbreak in a nursing home in Northern California leaves 12 people dead.
Video: Jim Cramer: Investors will regret selling U.S. stocks on Europe Covid-19 spikes
London is preparing for a tier 2 lockdown, which bans separate households from mixing indoors, including in pubs and restaurants. UK reports 673,622 coronavirus cases and 43,293 deaths from the virus.
Eli Lily paused its monoclonal antibody treatment 15 October, 2020
There are over 38.6 million COVID-19 cases and 1,096,148 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,150,043 million cases and 221,843 deaths from the coronavirus.
The drug manufacturer Eli Lily halted its monoclonal antibody treatment for the coronavirus due to safety reasons. While the company did not reveal the specifics for pausing the program, usually the reason is because a volunteer has suffered a side effect.
The US CDC predicts the availability of some vaccines by the end of the year. While the quantity of available vaccine will be low at first, the supply is expected to be increased following the initial release. The CDC said, “The plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers available so no one will have to travel far to be vaccinated, whether it's at your doctor's office, retail pharmacy, hospital, or federally qualified health center.”
An entrepreneur, Ricardo Aguirre of Tamales y Tacos Puebla, tells the story of his business collapse and the death of his father due to the coronavirus. Ricardo has lost his family’s food truck and prep kitchen as business dried up, and many of his family members have fallen ill due to COVID-19.
Video: Bill Gates criticizes U.S. Covid-19 response: Most governments listen to their scientists
Trump feels powerful after claiming to be immune 14 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 38.2 million COVID-19 cases and 1,088,999 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,090,253 cases and the death toll is 220,873 fatalities from the coronavirus.
President Trump staged his first campaign rally in Florida last Monday night after being discharged from the Walter Reed Medical Centre. Trump addressed the crowd, many of them not wearing any face masks, with the news that treatment for the coronavirus will soon be available and he felt very good after recovering from COVID-19.
He said, “One thing with me, the nice part, is that I went through it. Now they say I'm immune. I feel so powerful …” Trump appears pumped up for the rally and could speak for a long time, which are signs that he is indeed not ill.
The CDC warns that small household gatherings are now the source of rising coronavirus cases in the US. At least 36 US states have now reported rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. As Thanksgiving is approaching, health experts worry that it could lead to more gatherings and then more coronavirus cases.
Video: The United States has recorded its first case of COVID-19 reinfection | 7NEWS
Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus for consecutive days 13 October, 2020
There are over 37.8 million COVID-19 cases and 1,084,190 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 8,037,789 million cases and 220,011 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus for a few consecutive days. His physician, Sean Conley, wrote, “Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture date, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication …”
Now that the president is cleared of the coronavirus, he plans his campaign rally in Florida, which could potentially turn into a super spreader event. 33 states report rise of COVID-19 cases, which is a worrying sign of the coming spike that health experts have warned about.
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine late stage clinical trial is on hold after an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers. Given that the trial involves 60,000 people, it is not immediately concerning that an adverse event is detected.
Video: U.S. Nears 8 Million Coronavirus Cases | NBC
Trump claims he is now immune 12 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 37.6 million COVID-19 cases and 1,080,336 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,991,998 cases and the death toll is 219,695 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci did not endorse Trump’s ad for his political campaign and said his words have been taken out of context. Fauci said, “In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate …”
For many American households, the uncertainty of when and whether there will be a second round of COVID-19 stimulus payments leave them struggling to make ends meet with no hope in sight if Trump delays the negotiation on the stimulus package after the election.
President Trump claims he is now immune to COVID-19, ignoring the fact that a person can contract the coronavirus more than once and the antibody produced against the virus may not last very long. Trump tweets, “A total and complete sign off from White House Doctors yesterday. That means I can’t get it (immune), and can’t give it. Very nice to know!!!”
Video: US elections: Trump says ‘looks like I’m immune’ to COVID-19
India has over 7.1 million coronavirus cases and is set to overtake the US in coming weeks given that it has higher infection daily infection rate than the US.
Emergency doctor warns second wave of COVID-19 may have begun 11 October, 2020
There are over 37.3 million COVID-19 cases and 1,076,281 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,945,505 million cases and 219,282 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room (ER) doctor, said there has been an increase of COVID-19 patients going into the ERs in the US. She said, “We are all deeply afraid that this is the beginning of that dreaded second wave.”
Friday marks the third consecutive days of above 50,000 coronavirus cases in the US. The fact that Trump could return to public engagement so quickly after testing positive for the coronavirus leaves many people questioning the CDC guidelines.
The CDC requires up to 20 days of isolation for people with severe COVID-19 symptoms, but the agency minimum requirement seems to be at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Dr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician, has written a memo to say, “there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus” in Trump.
Video: U.S. Surge Sees 50,000 New Daily Covid-19 Cases | NBC
Trump said no to virtual debate with Biden 10 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 36.9 million COVID-19 cases and 1,071,557 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,894,478 cases and the death toll is 218,648 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Trump said he will not participate in virtual debate with Joe Biden. The virtual debate was arranged because the president is still recovering from COVID-19 infection. Trump said, “No, I'm not going to waste my time ... that's not what debating is all about …”
Trump praises doctors and scientists for progress made to combat the coronavirus. He said, “The respect for the doctors and for the technicians and for the scientists is incredible because I've seen what they've done and it’s incredible, the job that they've done in a short period of time.”
As Trump is trailing behind Joe Biden by double digits according to a poll and with only less than a month before the election, there are concerns on whether the president is pushing too much to get his political campaign on track while risking his health and probably endangering others if he is contagious.
Video: Covid-19 in USA - Top 15 States By Active Cases - 20 April to 8 October
US military leaders to be quarantined 09 October, 2020
There are over 36.6 million COVID-19 cases and 1,065,989 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,835,933 million cases and 217,785 deaths from the coronavirus.
Some military leaders in the US will be quarantined after a meeting that involved Admiral Charles W Ray and other army officials. Charles Ray has since tested positive for the coronavirus. General Gary L Thomas has also tested positive for the virus.
A CDC forecast that combines independent models show COVID-19 deaths could reach 233,000 by the end of this month
Trump might be able to resume public engagements to push his campaign forward, just 10th day since Trump was diagnosed.
Video: US President Trump develops Coronavirus antibodies, calls catching COVID-19 a 'blessing'
Trump believes it is a blessing in disguise that he was infected 08 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 36.3 million COVID-19 cases and 1,060,457 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,776,224 cases and the death toll is 216,784 fatalities from the coronavirus.
It is rather bizarre for president Trump to say that catching the coronavirus is a “blessing from God.” Trump praised the drug Regeneron, which he said has helped him to recover. Trump said, “It was like unbelievable. I felt good immediately … I think this was a blessing from God, that I caught it [...]”
Trump also said that, “I just want to say we have Regeneron, we have a very similar drug from Eli Lilly, and they're coming out and we're trying to get them on an emergency basis. I've authorised it.”
Dr Rick Bright, who has quitted his post at the National Institutes of Health, accused Trump administration for “ignores scientific expertise, overrules public health guidance and disrespects career scientists.”
Video: Trump’s coronavirus record at heart of US vice presidential debate
Trump experiences no symptoms so far 07 October, 2020
There are over 35.9 million COVID-19 cases and 1,054,919 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,724,207 million cases and 215,849 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump has given instructions to his aides to halt negotiation on COVID-19 relief package until after the election. Trump said, “I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo accused Trump for his negligence in confronting the worst attack since Pearl Harbor. Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, said the president experiences no symptoms. Trump’s vital signs remain stable, including his blood oxygen level.
Video: Michelle Obama: Trump 'lied to us' about coronavirus
Trump has left Walter Reed Medical Centre 06 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 35.6 million COVID-19 cases and 1,049,065 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,679,908 cases and the death toll is 215,039 fatalities from the coronavirus.
President Trump has left the Walter Reed Medical Centre where he was treated for COVID-19. Trump is posing on the White House balcony without face mask and shows that there is nothing to fear about the coronavirus. Even though he is still at risk of health complications, he writes, “Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life.”
Meanwhile coronavirus cases continue to rise across 22 US states and only five states registered a decline in cases. The news of Trump contracting the coronavirus has probably distracted many people from the rising cases in the US.
Trump is taking dexamethasone 05 October, 2020
There are over 35.2 million COVID-19 cases and 1,041,455 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,637,066 million cases and 214,615 deaths from the coronavirus.
Nine US states report record spike in coronavirus cases when compared to a week before and the likely factor behind the increase is colder weather driving more people indoor.
The news of Trump being infected with the coronavirus and can possibly die from it before or after the election means there is uncertainty in how the transition of power should be handled. If Trump wins the election and dies, there is no precedence on how this should be handled.
Trump is now receiving dexamethasone to treat his COVID-19 infection. Dexamethasone is an affordable and corticosteroid drug that can dampen down inflammation. If Trump is making good progress at Walter Reed medical center, he could be discharged as early as Monday.
Joe Biden is now holding a 14-point lead over Trump according to a National poll.
Video: Coronavirus: Israelis wish US President Trump and wife Melania speedy COVID-19 recovery
Trump is being treated at the Walter Reed Medical Center 04 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 34.9 million COVID-19 cases and 1,036,743 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,600,846 cases and the death toll is 214,277 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of US CDC warns that coronavirus testing does not replace safety measure such as wearing face masks, social distancing and sanitising hands.
The fact that the president and the first lady contracted the virus shows that everyone is at risk. Twenty four US states report a rise of 10% or more cases this week when compared to the week before.
President Trump is being looked after at the Walter Reed Medical Center and the news media are keen to find out about his true health status but many believe the truth will likely be concealed.
Ten doctors were seen wearing face mask and white lab coat when they announced that the president is doing well. According to one doctor on the team, the president had received a special “antibody cocktail.”
The president has tweeted that he is “starting to feel good”. However, Trump is not out of the woods yet and the next 48 hours may prove to be critical and his vitals need to be carefully monitored. It is unclear whether the president has received any supplemental oxygen.
Video: US President Trump receives experimental Covid-19 treatment
World leaders wish Trump a speedy recovery 03 October, 2020
There are over 34.7 million COVID-19 cases and 1,033,144 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,549,323 million cases and 213,524 deaths from the coronavirus.
After Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus, the US government mobilized two aircraft, one on the east coast and another on the west coast, that can act as command centre from the air to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.
This is probably a message to adversaries to not take advantage of the president ill health situation. While it is still unclear how president Trump contracted the coronavirus, he might have got it from Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, who have also recently tested positive before Trump did.
The president will have limited time to campaign if he needs to self-isolate in the next two weeks since there is only about a month is left before the election. This will potentially dampen the momentum that Trump has hoped for, but he will probably continue to utilize the twitter platform to send his messages out.
Should Trump be unable to carry out his duty as the president, according to the 25th amendment of the constitution, the Vice President Mike Pence can take over.
Meanwhile, at least 11 people who had attended the presidential debate in Cleveland contracted COVID-19. World leaders such as UK Boris Johnson are sending their best wishes to president Trump for a speedy recovery.
Video: Coronavirus: World leaders react to US President Trump’s positive test
President Trump and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus 02 October, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 34.3 million COVID-19 cases and 1,026,491 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,494,671 cases and the death toll is 212,660 fatalities from the coronavirus.
After repeatedly mocking his political rival Joe Biden for wearing face masks, president Trump announced that both he and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.
The world is struggling to contain over 34.3 million COVID-19 cases and 1,026,491 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,494,671 cases and the death toll is 212,660 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Trump tweets, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Given that Trump is 74 years old and overweight, he falls into the category with the highest risk for serious complications from the coronavirus. Trump was last seen as healthy by reporters who saw him returning to the White House. The US Dow and S&P futures dropped after the news of Trump infection.
Video: Dr. Vin Gupta Lays Out Risks To Trump After Positive COVID-19 Test | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
A flight from Melbourne to Sydney is on alert after a passenger tested positive for the coronavirus while travelling from Victoria, Australia.
The passenger is believed to have travelled while infectious. NSW Health reports that fortunately the majority of passengers on the same flight, Jetstar Flight JQ510, departure from Melbourne at 11am on 27 September, are undergoing mandatory hotel quarantine. Australia reports 27,096 cases and 888 deaths from the virus.
Americans are extremely dissatisfied with their country after the pandemic began 01 October, 2020
There are over 34.1 million COVID-19 cases and 1,019,384 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,453,024 million cases and 211,833 deaths from the coronavirus.
According to a survey by Pew Research, the only country whose citizens think their countries have responded badly to the pandemic worse than the US is UK. In the same survey, Australians think their country has done well as only 6% of people thought the pandemic response was bad.
More Americans are dissatisfied with their country since the pandemic began and only 14% of people were satisfied in August, a low rate that does not bode well for any president to be re-elected.
The COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial by AstraZeneca is still on hold after a participant fell ill but the FDA wants the reason to remain confidential.
President Trump is planning a large campaign rally in Wisconsin this weekend, despite warnings that social distancing should be increased especially when the planned venues are coronavirus “red zone.”
The trajectory of the current US economic collapse is creating the most unequal recession with minority and low-wage workers being hit hard.
Video: U.S. handling of COVID-19 has been "terrible failure," say experts
Majority of business leaders think Trump handling of the pandemic is poor 30 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 33.7 million COVID-19 cases and 1,012,155 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,406,729 cases and the death toll is 210,797 fatalities from the coronavirus.
According to a poll by the Yale School of Management, 55% of CEOs and other business leaders gave the Trump’s administration, “F”, for its handling of the pandemic. Another 12% of respondents gave Trump and his administration a more favourable grade, “D”.
More alarmingly, 84% of business leaders say Trump response to the pandemic has made things worse for their businesses. These leaders are not keen on trade wars envisioned by Trump and the poor pandemic response has plunged the country into recession.
Within days after Florida governor allowed restaurants and bars to operate without restrictions, coronavirus cases have spiked in the state. New cases climbed to 3266 from a much lower 738 cases reported on Monday.
Seven former commissioners of the FDA warn political interference by the Trump government could jeopardize the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. The commissioners wrote, “If the FDA makes available a safe and effective vaccine that people trust, we could expect to meaningfully reduce covid-19 risk as soon as next spring or summer. Without that trust, our health and economy could lag for years.”
Video: India to surpass US Covid-19 death toll 'within weeks'
The states in Australia are set to rake up more debts as a result of emergency measures taken to combat the pandemic. The state government bonds have spiked up $300 billion. Australia reports 27,063 cases and 882 deaths from the virus so far.
Division within the White House coronavirus taskforce 29 September, 2020
There are over 33.4 million COVID-19 cases and 1,006,354 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,361,633 million cases and 209,808 deaths from the coronavirus.
The White House coronavirus taskforce is in disagreement with newly joined neurologist Dr Scott Atlas, who was brought into the team by the president. The new taskforce has Scott Atlas to help the president’s COVID-19 briefing but not Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.
Atlas was condemned in letter for “the falsehoods and misrepresentations of science” that was written by 98 medical experts. The US CDC director, Robert Redfield, has also expressed concern on false science promoted by Atlas.
To help schools reopen, president Trump is planning to announce the distribution of millions of rapid coronavirus tests this week. As different states have different demography and population size, the tests will go to the states depending on the population and it is up to the governors to use the tests where they see fit.
Two manufacturers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are planning to distribute millions of rapid coronavirus tests to low- and middle-income countries in the next six months.
Video: Coronavirus: US admiral demonstrates new rapid COVID-19 test as distribution set to begin
India coronavirus cases have exceeded 6 million people, the second country in the world after the US to have reached this level. There are 82,170 new cases and 1039 more deaths from yesterday.
More than 35,000 airline workers will be out of jobs in the US 28 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 33.2 million COVID-19 cases and 1,002,819 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,321,465 cases and the death toll is 209,454 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10% or more when compared to the week before in 21 states in the US. There is no change in 18 states and 11 states show a decreased of more than 10%.
Dr. Chris Murray of the University of Washington says modelling suggests a huge surge is expected to occur in October and the number of daily deaths could rise to 3000 fatalities in December.
New York has an uptick of cases exceeding a thousand cases that caused the Governor Andrew Cuomo to warn, “It's vital that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that drive our ability to fight Covid-19 as we move into the fall and flu season …”
More than 35,000 airline workers will be losing their jobs this Thursday as the industry is heavily affected by the pandemic.
Video: COVID-19 kills more than 204,000 in US l GMA
Many cities in France including Paris are now under new coronavirus restriction rules. All bars will be closed from 10pm to 6am, all gatherings of more than 1000 people are now banned, and only a maximum of 10 people are allowed to gather in public places and private events. France reports 552,832 cases and 34,859 fatalities from the virus so far.
Epidemiologist warns of the pandemic in the US back in January 27 September, 2020
There are over 32.8 million COVID-19 cases and 998,141 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,287,593 million cases and 209,177 deaths from the coronavirus.
An epidemiologist in Harvard, Eric Feigl-Ding, posted a tweet back in January of this year to warn on the danger of the epidemic coming out of China, which is now the COVID-19 pandemic. He tweeted, “I really hate to be the epidemiologist who has to admit this but we are potentially faced with … possibly an unchecked pandemic that the world has not seen since the 1918 Spanish Influenza. Let’s hope it doesn’t reach that level but we now live in the modern world with faster (plane and train emojis) than 1918. @WHO and @CDCgov needs to declare public health emergency ASAP!”
Eric was ridiculed on the inaccurate reproduction or R number that he cited and the fact that he sounded the alarm based on unpublished paper. Eric was deeply upset to find the Trump’s administration chose to shut down the voice of those who warned of the danger early on.
He said, “Anyone who has a good sense of data, an engineer, a statistician, a business analyst, could easily have identified this epidemic early on as very troubling … yet people tried to shout us January alarmists down.”
New Jersey reports its biggest single day rise of coronavirus cases since June. Health experts warn of coronavirus cases spiking in fall and winter.
The US government has used the pandemic as the reason to further deny Mexican migrants from entering America. Even genuine asylum seekers have been turned down multiple times and asked to remain on the Mexican border.
Video: Migrants Face Violence, Poverty, And The Coronavirus At The US-Mexico Border
A survey of antibody level shows no herd immunity protection 26 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 32.6 million COVID-19 cases and 992,955 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,244,184 cases and the death toll is 208,440 fatalities from the coronavirus.
In a report by the CDC, people in their 20s are mainly responsible for the spread of the virus in the US and accounts for 20% of cases over the summer.
The image of the US is declining given its poor handling of the pandemic according to a survey by the Pew Research Centre. Many countries including Australia and Canada have viewed the US handling of the coronavirus negatively.
U Aung Thu Nyein, a political analyst in Myanmar, said, “The USA is a first-world country but it is acting like a third-world country.”
In a nationwide study of blood from 28,000 dialysis patients, 9.8% of people have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, which is still a low level of protection against the virus and nowhere near achieving herd immunity.
Video: Dr Anthony Fauci 'cautiously optimistic' we will have coronavirus vaccine by Christmas | ITV News
Jenny Mikakos, the health minister of Victoria, Australia, has resigned after the state premier mentioned her as accountable for the hotel quarantine program, which had failed and led to outbreak of the coronavirus in the state. Australia reports 27,000 cases and 869 deaths from the virus.
Scientists found a mutation in SARS-CoV-2 that may have made it more contagious
25 September, 2020
There are over 32.3 million COVID-19 cases and 988,422 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,185,516 million cases and 207,538 deaths from the coronavirus.
Dr Anthony Fauci said the US is still in the first wave of the pandemic since cases have not decreased to a steady baseline. Fauci said we should ask the question, “Are we prepared for the challenge of the fall and the winter?”
Americans will indeed need to prepare as schools and universities reopen, and colder weather will drive more people indoor, which makes virus transmission more likely.
Researchers in Houston found continual accumulation of mutations in the coronavirus, one of which may be responsible for ease of transmission. The study analysed 5000 coronavirus sequences and did not find any mutation that made the virus more lethal or significantly changed clinical outcomes. However, given that there are large populations of humans carrying the virus, we cannot rule out the possibility of SAR-CoV-2 evolving into something more deadly.
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Africa reports 1,158,284 coronavirus cases and 24,464 deaths from the virus. The WHO said 80% of the cases in Africa could be asymptomatic.
Johnson & Johnson begins COVID-19 vaccine Phase 3 clinical trial 24 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 31.9 million COVID-19 cases and 982,022 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,139,553 cases and the death toll is 206,593 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Another COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, will begin Phase 3 clinical trial in the US. This will be the fourth large-scale clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine by different companies in the US. The Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine has the ambitious aim of being a single dose vaccine instead of two doses, which could mean they will be able to obtain results earlier. The trials will be spread over Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and the United States.
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In Hungary, the UEFA Super Cup attracts 20,000 soccer fans, which worries Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder. The game could be the catalyst driving a second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe.
Trump wants China accountable, Xi wants no war with any country 23 September, 2020
There are over 31.7 million COVID-19 cases and 976,529 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,098,291 million cases and 205,478 deaths from the coronavirus.
The death toll from COVID-19 in the US is greater than fatalities from five wars combined and is now the second-leading cause of death in the US.
President Trump defends his own administration in the handling of the pandemic but urged the United Nations (UN) to hold China responsible. In an address to the UN General Assembly, Trump said, “We have waged a fierce battle against the invisible enemy — the China virus — which has claimed countless lives in 188 countries …”
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his government will pursue neither cold nor hot war with any country. Xi also said, “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a great fracture.”
Video: Trump calls 200,000 US coronavirus deaths 'a shame'
he state Victoria, Australia, reports only 15 new cases and 5 more deaths. Victoria premier Daniel Andrews is considering easing coronavirus restrictions on Sunday. Australia reports 26,973 cases and 859 deaths from the virus so far.
The CDC says they made an error and reverted its guideline on COVID-19 being airborne 22 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 31.3 million COVID-19 cases and 970,081 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 7,046,216 cases and the death toll is 204,506 fatalities from the coronavirus.
After the CNN company reported the change in CDC guideline regarding the COVID-19 is airborne, the CDC has reverted to its previous guidance and said it needs to revise its “language”.
Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman, said, “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency's official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission ... Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”
Back in July, a group of 239 scientists has published a letter to urge the WHO and other health organisations to acknowledge the probability of catching the coronavirus through droplets in the air.
It has been more than six months since COVID-19 hits the US but the country continues to have shortage of N95 masks.
Video: US COVID-19 death toll nears 200K mark l GMA
Many European nations are imposing stricter measures to stop a second wave of the pandemic and lockdowns are considered again. In England, pubs, bars and restaurants will be closed by 10 pm.
CDC says COVID-19 is airborne and updated its guidelines 21 September, 2020
There are over 31.1 million COVID-19 cases and 965,792 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,834,775 million cases and 199,726 deaths from the coronavirus.
In 31 US states, coronavirus cases have spiked by at least 10% this past week when compared to the week before that. This is a sign that the country is in general heading in the wrong direction when it comes to containing the outbreak.
The percentage of new tests that give positive results is rising in 25 US states. According to the US CDC, COVID-19 can be transferred through the air, through respiratory droplets or small particles. The CDC has updated its guidelines to recommend staying at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible.
Video: 31 states see an increase in coronavirus cases
The state Victoria, Australia, reports just 11 new cases and 2 more deaths. This raises hope that lockdown will soon be lifted in Victoria. Australia reports 26,898 cases and 849 deaths in total.
Indian Prime Minister Modi’s nudges theory 20 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 30.8 million COVID-19 cases and 961,540 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,761,380 cases and the death toll is 198,798 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The WHO warns of rising cases in Europe as last week the total cases in the region add up to over 300,000 people. Over 50% of all European nations have reported a spike of more than 10% of new cases in the past 2 weeks. WHO regional director Hans Kluge said, “Although these numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, it also shows alarming rates of transmission across the region.”
According to a study in Cambridge, the drastic lockdown measures and repeated appearance of Indian Prime Minister Modi on TV in the first quarter of the year helped to contain the outbreak. It would have been much worse if those actions were not taken. This study has been published in the journal PLOS One. India reports 92,605 new cases in the past 24 hours to bring the total to over 5.4 million cases, which is the second highest in the world.
Video: PM Modi's nudges theory helped India tackle COVID-19 | Cambridge study | Coronavirus Pandemic
Mental health issues on the rise during the pandemic 19 September, 2020
There are over 30.5 million COVID-19 cases and 956,574 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,713,646 million cases and 197,965 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump expects to be able to distribute enough doses of COVID-19 vaccine, if it becomes available, to every Americans by April. Trump criticized Joe Biden for his anti-vaccine theories and said this put a lot of lives at risk.
Trump’s aggressive timeline for vaccine delivery contradicts what the CDC’s director predicts.
Terry Branstad, United States Ambassador to China, has publicly agreed with Trump that China was to blame for the pandemic. Terry said, “Chinese system was such that they covered it up and even penalised the doctors who pointed it out at the beginning.” Terry, once considered as an “old friend of the Chinese people” by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, is leaving his post as tension continues to spike between the US and China.
A study of more than 6500 people shows stress and depression are rising steadily in the US during the pandemic. Interestingly, the study notes people were engaged in the news an average of seven hours per day. It does not seem like having more concerns about possibly contracting the virus helps with mental health problems.
Video: President Donald Trump: U.S. will manufacture enough Covid-19 vaccines for every American by April
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer during COVID pandemic 18 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 30.2 million COVID-19 cases and 950,827 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,670,287 cases and the death toll is 197,070 fatalities from the coronavirus.
US Attorney General William Barr said lockdown orders is one of the greatest threats to civil liberties in America since slavery. This has drawn some criticisms such as that from James Clyburn, a Democrat, who said, “Slavery was not about saving lives. It was about devaluing lives.”
Clyburn has also said Barr comparison of lockdown with slavery is “tone deaf” and “ridiculous.”
The saying that ‘the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’ is certainly true during the coronavirus pandemic. America’s billionaires such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Elon Musk are raking in money while poorer Americans are earning less than before the pandemic began. According to Chuck Collins, director of the Institute for Policy Studies' Program on Inequality, the pandemic is actually "supercharging America's existing inequalities."
Video: America first: US leads in coronavirus infections and deaths | COVID-19 Special
According to a study by researchers in Ireland, over half of COVID-19 patients suffered fatigue 10 weeks after their recovery based on clinical symptoms. The study highlights the need to assess severe fatigue in coronavirus patients.
Michael Caputo warns of armed insurrection 17 September, 2020
There are over 29.9 million COVID-19 cases and 945,754 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,631,322 million cases and 196,202 deaths from the coronavirus.
Michael Caputo, a US government official of the Department of Health and Human Services, warns of armed insurrection against the government. He claimed CDC scientists have been plotting against the president Trump.
Caputo has been facing tough criticisms for pushing Trump’s pandemic narrative. He warns, “If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it’s going to be hard to get …” He also said his mental health is deteriorating.
The US government is planning to make the COVID-19 vaccine free for Americans if it becomes available. The Pentagon will be involved in the distribution of the vaccine, but health workers will give the shots. Most likely, people will need two doses, to be given 21 to 28 days apart.
Even when a vaccine is available for distribution, it will take between six to nine months before immunity develops in the community.
President Trump is contradicting himself again when he said he did not downplay the danger of the coronavirus. He said, “Yeah, well, I didn't downplay it. I actually, in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action.”
Video: CDC: U.S. should have enough Covid-19 vaccine to return to 'regular life' by third quarter of 2021
The Red Cross warns that discrimination against certain groups in rising in some parts of South East Asia. For example, people in Malaysia blames religious gatherings and other groups for the transmission of the virus. Indonesians are blaming foreigners and people who break the rules for spreading the disease.
US image overseas plummets under Trump leadership 16 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 29.6 million COVID-19 cases and 940,491 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,584,268 cases and the death toll is 195,361 fatalities from the coronavirus.
President Trump said a vaccine could be ready in three or four weeks. Trump said, “…the previous administration would have taken perhaps years to have a vaccine because of the FDA and all the approvals. And we're within weeks of getting it …”
The recently suspended phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial due to illness in one participant has resumed, which is in favour of a possible vaccine soon. A survey by Pew Research Center shows Donald Trump is less trustworthy than even the Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The survey also shows people from all 13 major nations believe the US has handled the crisis worse than China.
Bill Gates is heavily criticising his own government for mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak. He said, “You know, this has been a mismanaged situation every step of the way.” He further criticized Dr Scott Atlas, the president’s new coronavirus advisor by saying, “The administration’s now hired this Stanford guy who has no background at all just because he agrees with their crackpot theories.”
Video: Donald Trump suggests coronavirus will disappear because it'll be 'herd developed'
Russia is ready to sell its coronavirus vaccine, named Sputnik-V, to Indian Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. Once approval is obtained, 100 million doses will be supplied.
Pandemic has pushed progress backwards according to Bill Gates 15 September, 2020
There are over 29.3 million COVID-19 cases and 933,641 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,749,289 million cases and 199,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
The WHO reports its biggest single day rise of 308,000 coronavirus cases on Sunday. The top 3 nations with the most coronavirus cases, which are the US, India and Brazil, account for ~60% of global cases.
In the US, over half a million children have contracted COVID-19. In Florida, the number of children under 18 years old who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 has spiked up by 26% within a month after many schools have reopened.
Bill Gates reports the pandemic has stumped many of United Nations' sustainable development goals. He said, “Of course, this year is different. It’s unique. The Covid-19 pandemic not only stopped progress, but it pushed us backwards …”
The company that hosted Trump indoor rally in Nevada will be fined $3000 for breaking coronavirus safety guidelines. The US could benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine within this year if regulators approve the vaccine by Pfizer.
Video: Total US coronavirus cases trends downward amid pressure for a vaccine
Trump calls the pandemic ‘China plague’ 14 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 29.1 million COVID-19 cases and 937,753 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,545,077 cases and the death toll is 194,260 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus cases in the US is not surging as high as it used to be, and it is now recording about 35,000 daily cases each day. There are still hotspots in the country, but these are no longer localised to crowded cities such as in New York.
Hotspots are now in rural states like North Dakota, Kansas and Tennessee. Texas is now in the top 3 states for the most coronavirus fatalities.
53% of Germans in a survey feared Trump because of ‘a more dangerous world due to the politics of Trump’. President
Trump has hosted an indoor rally in Nevada, the first since June, in defiance of health guidelines. He has consistently blamed the Chinese for the pandemic and calling it the ‘China plague’. He emphasized that the economy in the US was great and then hit by the coronavirus.
Video: Trump Says the U.S. Is 'Rounding the Turn' on the Coronavirus
Coronavirus cases in Victoria, Australia, have dropped to the level that some lockdown restrictions can be lifted. The overnight curfew was shortened by an hour and more time is given to people to spend outside. Victoria reports 7 new deaths and 35 more cases, which is the lowest daily rise since June.
Fauci disagrees with Trump on a solution is near for the pandemic 13 September, 2020
There are over 28.8 million COVID-19 cases and 933,442 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,514,564 cases and 193,878 deaths from the coronavirus.
President Trump believes the solution to the coronavirus crisis that has plagued the country is near. Trump said, “I really do believe we're rounding the corner and the vaccines are right there, but not even discussing vaccines and not discussing therapeutics, we're rounding the corner …”
In response to Trump’s statement, Dr Anthony Fauci said, “I'm sorry but I have to disagree with that,” The disagreement between Trump and top health experts in the US is nothing new and has occurred throughout the pandemic.
The health department in Michigan has strongly recommended all local Michigan State University students to self-isolate immediately following the news more than 300 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and are linked to the university.
Research from Harvard University suggests young people are at greater risk of suffering health complications when exposed to the coronavirus than previously thought.
Video: A lookback at the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Trump defends against Woodward’s book, Rage 11 September, 2020
There are over 28.2 million COVID-19 cases and 922,633 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,433,841 cases and 192,195 deaths from the coronavirus.
The CDC predicts up to 217,000 deaths from the coronavirus in the US by 3rd Oct.
New studies suggest the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US could have started as early as December 2019 in Los Angeles. By analysing the last five years electronic health records, the researchers noticed an above average uptick of symptoms related to the coronavirus by the week of Dec 22, 2019.
Donald Trump defends himself against Bob Woodward who presented evidence to show the president downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. Trump said, “There was no lie here, what we’re doing here is leading and we’re leading in the proper way.”
rump has also been criticised for celebrating the North Korean’s leader health recovery. Trump tweets, “Kim Jong Un is in good health. Never underestimate him!”
Video: Trump pushes back Woodward allegations he ‘downplayed’ US covid threat
India continues to break its own daily coronavirus new cases record. In the past 24 hours, the country reports 96,551 cases. The infection rate in India is growing and the case load is over 4.5 million.
Evidence of Trump knew the danger of COVID but downplayed it 10 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 27.9 million COVID-19 cases and 916,310 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,365,084 cases and the death toll is 190,350 fatalities from the coronavirus.
A new book, Rage, by Bob Woodward that includes on-the-record interviews with Donald Trump shows the president knew about the danger of the coronavirus but chose to downplay its severity. Trump said to Woodward in early February, “This is deadly stuff … you just breathe the air and that's how it's passed.”
Another audio recording shows the president deliberately minimise the danger to Americans. Trump said, “I love our country. I don't want people to be frightened.”
Joe Biden criticised Trump and said, “He knew and purposely played it down. Worse, he lied to the American people … It's beyond despicable …”
Video: Reopening of US colleges is ‘spreading COVID-19’
India is breaking its own record coronavirus daily new cases after reporting 95,735 infections in the past 24 hours. While the case load is high, India also reports a higher recovery rate, which is ~78 people recovered in every 100 cases. The death toll in India is 75,119.
AstraZeneca has halted its COVID-19 phase 3 clinical trial 9 September, 2020
There are over 27.7 million COVID-19 cases and 910,985 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,365,084 cases and 189,979 deaths from the coronavirus.
One of the COVID-19 vaccines Phase 3 clinical trials by AstraZeneca that president Trump is counting on to deliver a positive outcome has been suspended. One of participants on the trial had fallen ill in UK. According to one report in the New York Times, the volunteer has transverse myelitis, which is an inflammatory syndrome affecting the spinal cord.
After suspending the clinical trial, the company AstraZeneca said in a statement, “This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials.”
According to Dr David Smith of the University of Sydney, president Trump is hoping for a vaccine to be a game-changer to save his presidency. Dr Smith said, “He prefers the idea that there could be a vaccine that could solve all the problems instead of having to go through things like lockdowns and mask mandates.”
Nine vaccine manufacturers have signed a joint pledge to maintain “high ethical standards” on any COVID-19 vaccine that they develop.
Video: Coronavirus stimulus: US awaits second stimulus check as Senate reconvenes
At the current rate of daily new cases, India will overtake the US to become the country with the most coronavirus cases. On a relative basis, India daily cases has been trending up whereas the US is going lower.
It was the easing of coronavirus restrictions to heal its economy that coincides with the huge spike of cases in India. The country reports 4,374,314 cases and 73,953 deaths from the virus so far.
China denies downplaying the severity of COVID-19 8 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 27.4 million COVID-19 cases and 902,380 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,337,959 cases and the death toll is 189,538 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Dr. Larry Corey, a leader at the National Institutes of Health, who is working on coronavirus vaccines, does not think a vaccine will be available before the 1st of Nov.
Meanwhile, president Trump said, “We'll have the vaccine soon, maybe before a special date. You know what date I'm talking about.”
Large public gatherings have been observed during the Labor Day weekend celebrations. This is what health experts feared as a factor that causes another spike of cases. Dr Anthony Fauci said people should avoid crowds and wear face masks during the weekend.
Video: How the U.S. can get coronavirus testing where it needs to be
President Xi Jinping has denied that its government has under-reported the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak. He said, “[China has acted in a] transparent and responsible manner.” China only reports 9 new cases in the past 24 hours. It has a total of 85,144 coronavirus cases and 4636 deaths.
India reports highest daily deaths with fatalities exceeding 1000 people in the past 24 hours. The good news is new daily cases have dropped to 75,809 people, but still a very high health burden for the country.
India has the world second highest number of cases 7 September, 2020
There are over 27.2 million COVID-19 cases and 898,524 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,314,216 cases and 189,248 deaths from the coronavirus.
US Surgeon General Jerome Adams said all US states should be prepared to distribute COVID-19 vaccine on 1st Nov because there is a chance that it will be available by then. Adams said, “it’s not just about having a vaccine that is safe and effective … it’s about being ready to distribute it.”
In the US, there are three candidate vaccines in Phase 3 clinical trials. Democrat Joe Biden is preparing for the possibility that president Trump will soon announce the release of COVID-19 vaccine, which could substantially change how the race to win the presidential post will play out.
Trump has repeatedly pushed for a vaccine by year end and said, “We remain on track to deliver a vaccine before the end of the year and maybe even before November 1st …” This is the ‘October surprise’ that can potentially swing votes in favour of Trump.
Coronavirus cases are rising in 22 of the US states.
Video: Coronavirus cases rising in 22 U.S. states
India is now ranked number two for countries with the most coronavirus cases after surpassing Brazil by over 70,000 cases. India reports 4,208,645 cases and 71,739 deaths from the virus so far.
India reports global daily record of over 90,000 COVID-19 cases 6 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 27 million COVID-19 cases and 888,879 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,284,565 cases and the death toll is 188,834 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is serving behind bars for making false statements against the president.
Cohen claims the Trump has made numerous racist remarks against Black people. According to Cohen, Trump said, “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn't a s---hole. They are all complete f---ing toilets.” Homelessness has been rising in the US due to the pandemic.
Video: Coronavirus sparks surge in homelessness from the US to Africa | COVID Update
India has surpassed the 4 million coronavirus cases mark, which is the third country in the world to have reached this level. The country is only behind Brazil by about 8000 cases and should overtake Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of cases next week.
India has added 90,632 new cases in the past 24 hours, which is a global daily record. Health experts say the rise in cases is due to a second wave in some parts of the country, easing lockdown restrictions and increased testing.
COVID is a sign the world is in a pandemic era 5 September, 2020
There are over 26.7 million COVID-19 cases and 883,213 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,181,008 cases and 187,297 deaths from the coronavirus.
According to the University of Washington, the US death toll could more than double the current official number of deaths by the end of this year.
Up to 30% of the projected number of deaths can be avoided if more people wear face masks. The daily death rate could reach 3000 people in December.
Moncef Slaoui, scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, which is a US government project to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, said he will not be pushed by political pressure to rush an ineffective vaccine.
Slaoui, who used to lead vaccine development at GlaxoSmithKline, was brought out of his retirement for this task and only agreed to work on this project provided that scientific development is not interfered by politics.
Dr Anthony Fauci and his colleague have warned that COVID-19 is a sign that the world has entered into a pandemic era. Human activities appear to be a major driver for emerging diseases.
Video: U.S. COVID-19 deaths expected to reach 410,000 by January
Outbreak among farmworkers will disrupt food supply 4 September, 2020
The world is struggling to cope with over 26.3 million COVID-19 cases and 877,282 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,137,303 cases and the death toll is 186,323 fatalities from the coronavirus.
Almost half of the farmworkers in the US are working in the country without legal approval. These workers are critical to ensure the continuous supply of food but they often lack education and are now considered as a vulnerable group in contracting COVID-19 because the government is not protecting them. Outbreak among these farmworkers can threaten the supply chain and further plunge the US into a greater economic crisis.
Many people have queried the CDC on whether the true number of deaths due to COVID is only 6% of the official statistic. The conspiracy group QAnon claims “only 6% of the total number of people with coronavirus on their death certificate actually died from the virus.”
This claim is widely circulated on the social media, but the CDC has rejected this claim. According to QAnon conspiracy theory, president Trump is secretly fighting against Satan-worshipping elite paedophiles.
Health experts say the pandemic is affecting people’s sleep and the term ‘Coronasomnia’ is associated with this phenomenon. In a survey, 36% of Americans say the pandemic is having an impact on their mental health.
Video: U.S. tells states to prepare for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
The US to go on its own to develop and distribute COVID vaccine 3 September, 2020
There are over 26.1 million COVID-19 cases and 872,706 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,137,303 cases and 186,098 deaths from the coronavirus.
Ashley Newman, a school teacher in Georgia, has decided to quit her job out fears that she will contract the coronavirus and pass on the virus to her community and family. She is not given the option to work from home and has to teach face-to-face when schools reopen. She is not alone in facing this dilemma and other teachers have also reached out to her.
Meanwhile, president Trump threatens possible funding cut to schools that will not reopen and said, “In Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS.
The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election …” Republican Senator Joni Ernst suggests that the number of coronavirus cases and deaths may have been inflated because health care providers are reimbursed at higher rate if the coronavirus is linked to the case.
Ernst speculates based on what she heard on the news by saying, “They’re thinking there may be 10,000 or less deaths that were actually singularly COVID-19. ... I’m just really curious. It would be interesting to know that.”
The US government will not join international collaborative effort that has to go through multilateral organisations such as the WHO to develop and give out COVID-19 vaccine but will instead do it on their own. White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “… we will not be constrained by multilateral organisations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organisation and China.”
The US government is asking the states to be ready for a vaccine rollout by 1st of November, which is two days before the election. Many are concerned that the CDC is under tremendous pressure by the Trump’s administration to distribute a vaccine before the election.
An estimate by the Congressional Budget Office shows by the end of this year, the amount of debt owed by the US will approximately equal its national GDP.
Video: Dr. Fauci debunks theory of low CDC Covid-19 death toll: U.S. has over 183,000 Covid-19 deaths
Video: Global Coronavirus Cases Top 25 Million, U.S. Schools Start to Reopen
India continues to report over 80,000 new daily coronavirus cases. It trails behind Brazil, the country with the second most cases in the world, with only 200,000 cases. India is officially the worst hit country by the coronavirus in Asia.
Trump administration supports no evictions ahead of the election 2 September, 2020
The world is struggling to contain over 25.8 million COVID-19 cases and 866,428 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,097,419 cases and the death toll is 185,046 fatalities from the coronavirus.
The White House will support CDC order to halt evictions of property renters to curb further transmission of the virus. This moratorium will prevent a huge spike of people being evicted due to ongoing economic crisis in the US.
Eligibility criteria to apply to be exempted from evictions will be made available on the CDC website.
Researchers at the University of Nevada are studying a case of someone who has been infected twice by the coronavirus. This study shows that it is possible for someone to be infected again in a short time interval following the first infection.
Mark Pandori, director of NSPHL, said, “If reinfection is possible on such a short timeline, there may be implications for the efficacy of vaccines developed to fight the disease. It may also have implications for herd immunity.” He cautioned that the interpretation of this finding is based on just a single individual and hence, it is impossible to generalise this result.
Australia is officially in a recession, which has not occurred for nearly 30 years. Its national GDP plunged 7%. The quarter of April-to-June shows its worst performance since records began in 1959. NSW has recorded 17 new cases and the majority of these cases are linked to known clusters.
Meanwhile, Uluru residents do not want tourists from south-east Queensland to enter the Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park to avoid COVID-19 transmission to the sacred site.
India death toll top 3 in the world 1 September, 2020
There are over 25.6 million COVID-19 cases and 860,363 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,052,669 cases and 183,968 deaths from the coronavirus.
The less densely populated Midwest states in the US experience a spike in coronavirus cases. Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota record 19,133 more infections in the week ending Sunday.
President Trump highlights the vaccine under development by AstraZeneca and the White House may consider it for emergency use. After about 8 months into the pandemic, Dr Tedros of the WHO tweets, “… we understand that people are tired [and] yearn to get on with their lives, but no country can just pretend the pandemic is over.”
Robert Redfield of the CDC warned that for every confirmed case, there could be another 10 infections estimated.
Dr Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner expected infection rates to come down by August, but it did not. He said, “We saw an epidemic cross over the Sun Belt (15 southern states), and we saw infections actually increase.”
As schools are about to reopen in fall, infection level may rise even more. US stock market indexes have recorded its best August in more than 30 years as the country prepares for the coming election in November.
India has surpassed Mexico death toll and is now ranked number three for countries with the most coronavirus cases and deaths. India reports 3,694,878 cases and 65,469 deaths from the virus. If the country continues at its current infection rate, it will not be long before it surpasses Brazil, the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases.
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The world is struggling to contain over 28.5 million COVID-19 cases and 928,081 deaths from the coronavirus. The US reports 6,433,841 cases and the death toll is 192,468 fatalities from the coronavirus.
An organised COVID-19 house party near the Miami university shows how little some students respect the self-isolation rule after contracting the coronavirus. A student at the party discloses that everyone at the party has COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Miami university still plans to open this late September.
Relatives of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 19 years ago gather at the World Trade Center’s Sept. 11 memorial plaza to commemorate the event. However, due to the pandemic, some communities have cancelled 9/11 ceremonies.
President Trump paying his respect to the victims said, “The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall, and fight back.”
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) predicts a possible scenario of 415,090 deaths in the US by next January. The increased mobility of people during Christmas and New Year is a worrying factor that can drive up fatality rate due to the coronavirus.
Video: Fauci Disputes Trump’s Claim That U.S. Is ‘Rounding The Corner’
North Korean government has issued shoot to kill to prevent coronavirus from entering its borders from China. North Korea still has no confirmed case to date.
India continues to report over 90,000 daily cases and has overtaken Brazil by over 370,000 cases in a span of just 5 days after becoming the country with the second highest number of cases.
India continues to report over 90,000 daily cases and has overtaken Brazil by over 370,000 cases in a span of just 5 days after becoming the country with the second highest number of cases.