The United States accounts for more than 22% of global cases, or 6.67 million, and nearly 200,000 deaths. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has again criticized President Trump’s handling of the pandemic as being “close to the criminal,” especially Trump’s allegedly intentional downplay of the severity of the virus.
Biden also questioned Trump’s claims about a vaccine: “I don’t trust the president with vaccines,” he said, adding that he trusted Dr.Anthony Fauci, the leading US expert on vaccines. infectious diseases sidelined by Trump.
“If Fauci says a vaccine is safe, I would take the vaccine. We have to listen to the scientists, not the president, ”Biden said.About one in 50 Americans is infected and one in 1,600 has died since the start of the pandemic.
Reports emerged Thursday evening that advice on the new coronavirus tests published last month on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website was not written by agency scientists and had been published despite their objections. The New York Times reported the story, citing people familiar with the matter and internal documents.
The guidelines said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19, even if they had been exposed to the virus. The agency’s previous position recommended testing all people who had close contact with anyone diagnosed with Covid-19. The overthrow shocked doctors and politicians and raised accusations of political interference.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of “alarming transmission rates” of Covid-19 across Europe and warned countries against shortening quarantine periods. The WHO has said the number of coronavirus cases in September “should serve as a wake-up call for all of us.”
France confirmed a new 24-hour record on Thursday night, registering 10,593 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and bringing the cumulative number to 415,481. The previous record was 10,561 new cases per day, recorded on September 12. The sharp increase is the result of a higher infection rate, but also a massive increase in testing, Reuters reported.
Additional measures to curb the epidemic in the cities of Lyon and Nice were announced Thursday by the Minister of Health, in addition to the three other regions already described as viral “red zones”.
Israel is preparing to enter a second national coronavirus lockdown on Friday, becoming the first country to re-enter national restrictions. The unpopular lockdown is expected to last for at least three weeks, reversing a normally festive period filled with Jewish holidays.
Meanwhile, the Chinese The city of Wuhan, zero point of the coronavirus epidemic, reopens international flights, ending an eight-month moratorium. China halted international flights in March as Covid-19 swept the world, but has now largely brought the disease under control at home through travel restrictions, testing and lockdowns.
China reported 32 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, marking the largest daily increase in more than a month and up sharply from the nine cases reported a day earlier, Chinese health officials said on Friday. The National Health Commission said in a statement that all of the new cases were imported infections among returning travelers.