Covid-19 cases across the world reached 40 million on Monday, with the United States leading the world with the most infections and deaths.
Almost 10 months after President Donald Trump for the first time downplayed the danger of Covid-19 and tried to reassure the American people that “I hope all is well”, nearly 8.2 million Covid-19 infections had been reported in the United States, along with other more than 220,000 deaths, according to the latest figures from NBC News.
And with the presidential election just 15 days away and the Trump administration coming under fire for its handling of the pandemic, the number of new Covid-19 cases was rising again towards what epidemiologists were calling a ‘third peak’ of infections in just about every state.
Lots of new infections have been occurring in Midwestern and Mountainous states that weren’t as badly affected as the Northeast and West Coast at the start of the Covid-19 crisis, the latest figures show.
“We’re really struggling,” Dr. Todd Vento, director of the Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare Infectious Disease Telehealth Program, said on NBC’s “TODAY”. “People do a heroic job, but they really get to a point where it will be literally unbearable. “
In other coronavirus news:
- Trump attacked Dr Anthony Fauci again after the nation’s top infectious disease expert said in a “60-minute” interview that he was not surprised the president had contracted a Covid-infection. 19. “I was afraid he would get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of overcrowding, no separation between people and hardly anyone wearing a mask,” Fauci said.
- Earlier, Trump mocked his Democratic rival Joe Biden for trusting scientists on Covid-19 after Biden criticized Trump for continuing to lie about the progress of the pandemic.
- CVS is hiring 15,000 people to deal with what public health experts are calling a possible “twindemic” – the continued rise in coronavirus cases coupled with the return of influenza season.
- New York officials ended an Orthodox Jewish wedding scheduled for Monday in Brooklyn after learning that up to 10,000 people would attend. Efforts to quell Covid-19 clusters in predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods have met with resistance.
- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, won the latest legal battle with a Republican-backed group trying to block his attempts to impose restrictions to curb Covid-19. A judge has rejected a request by the Tavern League of Wisconsin to block Evers’ order at indoor rallies statewide.
- Due to the pandemic, there were almost as many cattle as there were people at the scaled-down Arkansas State Fair this weekend.
- To stop the spread of Covid-19 in Mexico, only the dead will be allowed to enter cemeteries on November 2 to mark the Day of the Dead, when loved ones usually bring flowers and favorite foods to the graves of loved ones.
- Domestic violence homicides are on the rise in many cities across the country, local law enforcement is reporting and social and economic pressures from the coronavirus pandemic may be a factor.
Globally, there were 40.1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1.1 million coronavirus deaths as of Monday afternoon, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 Dashboard.
India (7.6 million cases), Brazil (5.2 million cases) and Russia (1.4 million cases) had the second highest total number of coronavirus infections after the United States
The virus itself is believed to originate in December in Wuhan, China, which has reported 90,989 infections, according to the dashboard.
China also appears to be the first major economy to recover from the devastation wrought by the pandemic, indicating that its economy grew 4.9% between July and September compared to the same quarter last year.
In contrast, the US economy under Trump has been mired in the doldrums as it struggles to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, appearing on Fox News, said on Monday he “does not believe in Chinese numbers” and accused China of using the virus to “grow its economy, expand its geopolitical reach “.
The most recent increase in new cases of Covid-19 globally was due to Europe, which was reporting new cases of coronavirus at a rate of 187 new cases per million people, the latest analysis from CNBC showed.
The rate in the United States was 167 new cases per million population, according to the analysis.
As Europe was battered by the dreaded second wave of the pandemic, governments in this region faced an at times violent backlash from residents as they tried to reimpose restrictions aimed at slowing the spread.
In normally peaceful Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, police used water cannons and pepper spray to evacuate demonstrators protesting the reimposed lockdown measures on the historic Old Town Square.
In neighboring Slovakia, some 500 people described by the BBC as “neo-Nazis and die-hard football fans” pelted the main government building in Bratislava with bottles and stones.
The busy streets of Paris and eight other French cities were deserted on Sunday evening as a new nighttime curfew took effect.
Switzerland has made it compulsory to wear masks in public places and the Dutch royal family has been ashamed to cut short the holidays in Greece, which it took after the Netherlands imposed a partial lockdown and urged residents to not to travel.
“We are seeing the reaction of people to the media reports,” King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima said in a statement. “They are intense and affect us. We do not want to leave any doubt about it: in order to bring the Covid-19 virus under control, it is necessary to follow the guidelines. The discussion of our vacation does not help. ”
In Poland, conservative broker Jaroslaw Kaczynski has become the latest major European politician to announce he will be quarantined after reporting coming into contact with someone infected with coronavirus.