Coronavirus cases rise in all parts of the world as Catalonia orders partial lockdown measures


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Dozens of countries, including the United States, Spain and Australia, have reported a record one-day increase in coronavirus infections over the past week, as data shows the pandemic is increasing in all regions of the world.

In Spain, Catalonia has ordered nightclubs and nightlife bars to close amid fears of a second wave, with a new daily record figure likely to deter tourists from visiting one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. ‘Europe.

The United States remains officially the most affected, according to data, having this past week more than 4 million cases and recording more than 1,000 deaths from the virus for the fourth consecutive day.

In Australia, officials have imposed a partial six-week lockdown and made face masks mandatory for residents of the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, after a new outbreak.

Australia and Japan, which also released a daily dossier this week, have both warned of an increase in infections among young people, many of whom celebrated the end of social restrictions at bars and parties.

A total of 37 countries – including a number in Europe – reported increases this week, about double the number that had done so the week before, according to a Reuters tally.

These are also India and Brazil, both of which have exceeded 1 million cases, as well as Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel, among others.

Many countries, especially those where authorities have eased previous social distancing lockdowns, are experiencing a second peak more than a month after registering their first.

“We will not go back to the ‘old normal’. The pandemic has already changed the way we live our lives, ”World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said this week.

“We ask everyone to consider decisions about where to go, what to do and who to talk to as life and death decisions, because they are.”

Reuters data, compiled from official reports, shows a steady increase in the number of countries reporting record daily increases in the virus responsible for Covid-19 over the past month.

At least seven countries saw such increases three weeks ago, rising from at least 13 countries two weeks ago to at least 20 countries last week and 37 countries this week.

The true numbers of cases and deaths are almost certainly underreported, especially in countries with poorer health care systems, say experts and health officials. For this report, Reuters data has been limited to countries that provide regular daily issues.

An increase in cases usually precedes an increase in deaths by a few weeks.

Data reveal an increasing number of resurgence cases in countries in all regions.

In Mexico, which also set a daily record this week and has the fourth highest death toll of any country, officials have warned that a downward trend in the number of cases began in mid-June – around the time the city began to relax social distancing measures – could reverse.

Based on the rate of hospital admissions over the past week, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said hospitalization levels by October could exceed those recorded in June, at the height of the pandemic.

“It’s important to recognize that if we don’t change the trend, there could be exponential growth,” she said.

In Africa, Kenya has recorded a record number of daily cases less than two weeks after the reopening of activities, including domestic passenger flights. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who announced the resumption of international flights on August 1, called officials to an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the rising number of cases.

In the Middle East, Oman has imposed new restrictions that begin on Saturday in addition to a two-week lockdown that will straddle the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha after reporting a record number of cases.

Reuters additional reports


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