Updates: 04.07.2020 03:21
Washington – U.S. authorities reported over 53,000 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday. The number of people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 since it began spreading was close to 2.8 million in the United States on Friday. Brazil has recorded 42,223 cases of coronavirus infection and 1,290 deaths in the last day. Official statistics on infected people reached almost 1.54 million, while the death toll rose to 63,174 deaths.
US authorities again reported over 50,000 new coronavirus infections
Authorities in the United States reported over 53,000 new cases of coronavirus infection on Friday, Reuters reports. The day before, it had counted a record 55,405 reported infections, but Friday’s total could rise, as 53,483 cases were valid when there were more than six hours left on the west coast of the United States until midnight. At the same time, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) said it had recorded 57,683 newly confirmed infections in the last 24 hours.
According to Reuters, seven US states reported record high daily balances on Friday, namely Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The number of people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 since it began spreading was close to 2.8 million in the United States on Friday. In the last week, registered infections in the country are growing significantly faster than at the spring peak of the epidemic and more than twice as fast as at the turn of May and June. According to the media, the disease is on the rise in more than 35 states.
However, the daily numbers of reported victims of covid-19 in the US remain well below the levels of April and early May. The JHU recorded 728 new coronavirus-related deaths in the 24 hours to Friday night, bringing the overall US epidemic to 129,405 dead.
“The virus appears to be killing a small number of people who become infected. In April and May, covid-19 killed 3,000 to 3,000 a day, killing about seven to eight percent of Americans diagnosed with the disease,” he said in a new report. analysis The New York Times (NYT).
Experts allegedly explain the declining mortality trend by three key factors. Firstly, the increased number of tests performed on SARS-CoV-2, which reveals many more cases of infection with mild or no symptoms. The NYT wrote that over 600,000 tests are currently performed daily in the United States, several times more than in early spring.
Another factor is the increasing effectiveness of covid-19 treatment and the third change in the “patient population”. Among the new cases of coronavirus infection, there appears to be a smaller proportion of seniors who are more likely to have a severe course of the disease. In Florida, for example, the median age of a positive test population has dropped from 65 to 35, the NYT writes.
Brazil records over 1.5 million infected, 63,000 dead
Brazil has seen 42,223 cases of coronavirus infection and 1,290 covid-19-related deaths in the last day. According to Reuters, the local health ministry announced this on Friday. Official statistics on infected people reached almost 1.54 million, while the death toll rose to 63,174 deaths.
Only the United States reports higher totals than Brazil. However, coronavirus deaths are currently rising faster in the South American country than in the United States, where the daily average is around 600 reported victims.
In Brazil, the official death record has been growing at a rate of about 1,000 cases per day for several weeks. The newly announced increase is the second highest daily sum since the end of the first week of June.
As for the daily numbers of detected diseases, they tend to fluctuate relatively large in Brazil. Trend however, according to The New York Times (NYT), it is rising, with the average for the last week being just under 40,000 cases a day at the beginning of the month.
Despite the unfavorable development, the bars in the multi-million city of Rio de Janeiro were able to resume operations on Thursday. Local security forces said they had already ordered some operators to close their businesses on the first day of the looser regime, due to crowds forming in the streets.
“Most people on the streets did not follow the rules of social distance and the wearing of veils,” Flavio Sarahyba, co-owner of a Leblon bar, told CNN. In companies like his current one in Rio de Janeiro, the number of customers must not exceed 50 percent of normal capacity and they can only drink in them until 23:00. The city said on Friday that it would strengthen controls in this regard and that it would impose fines for violating the rules.
The covid-19 epidemic is not slowing down in Mexico either, which according to Reuters reported another 6740 cases of coronavirus infection on Friday. The new 24-hour total is only one case lower than the record balance announced the day before. Since its inception, the coronavirus in Mexico has been confirmed in 245,251 people, but the government has admitted in the past that the actual number of people infected is likely to be well above the health ministry’s balance sheet.
The deaths associated with covid-19 increased by 654 per day, slightly less than on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Mexican balance of the epidemic rose to 29,843 deaths and is the sixth highest in the world, behind the French one by only a few dozen deaths.