International Weekly Report on the Covid-19

China Youth Daily client, Beijing, July 26 (China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily trainee reporter Ma Ziqian) “Although all countries are affected by the epidemic, relatively speaking, countries with rapidly increasing cases are still relatively few.” In 7 When the total number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the world exceeded 15 million on 23rd, WHO Director-General Tedros said so.

According to WHO statistics, it took 38 days for global confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia to increase from 5 million to 10 million, but it took only 25 days to go from 10 million to 15 million. Tan Desai also said on the 23rd that two-thirds of the world’s confirmed cases, nearly 10 million, are concentrated in 10 countries; about half of the global cases are concentrated in the United States, Brazil and India.

The epidemic in key countries has not shown signs of easing, and regions where previous epidemics have been effectively controlled, such as Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, are all confirmed to have rebounded to varying degrees. From July 24 to 25, the number of new confirmed cases in a single day worldwide exceeded 280,000 for two consecutive days, setting a new high, and the average daily increase in the past three days was about 1.8%.

As of 9:00 on July 26, Beijing time, WHO statistics show that the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia worldwide exceeds 15.58 million, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases outside China exceeds 15.49 million. At present, a total of 216 countries and regions have reported a total of 15,581,009 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia; 635,173 deaths have been reported, with an average fatality rate of 4%, showing a continuous decline. The cumulative number of confirmed cases in 23 countries has exceeded 100,000, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases in 77 countries outside China has exceeded 10,000.

In the past week (July 19-25), there were more than 10,000 newly confirmed cases in 24 countries, an increase of 8 countries from the previous week. Colombia has added 42,000 confirmed cases every week, replacing Russia for the first time in the top 5 countries in the number of new confirmed cases, behind only the United States, Brazil, India, and South Africa. Among them, the weekly increase in the United States exceeds 400,000 cases for the first time, which is about 1.4 times the weekly increase in Brazil, 1.6 times in India, 6 times in South Africa and 9.6 times in Colombia. The number of confirmed cases in Russia has dropped to less than 6000 in the past week.

The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the United States last week exceeded 4 million. California has confirmed a total of 446,000 cases, surpassing New York State to become the state with the largest number of infections in the United States. This also reflects the completely different development of the epidemic situation on the east and west coasts of the United States. “Politics” and “scientific inadequacy” are the key reasons for the continued deterioration of the US epidemic. On July 21, the White House restarted the COVID-19 briefing. However, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci and other anti-epidemic experts He was not invited to attend.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released research results on the 21st, showing that according to antibody test results, the actual number of people infected with the new coronavirus in the United States may exceed 20 million. In addition, affected by the epidemic, Trump announced on the 23rd that he would cancel the agenda of the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida in late August.

The cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths in Brazil ranks second in the world, second only to the United States. São Paulo State, the most severely affected state, has a total of nearly 480,000 confirmed cases. The city of Rio de Janeiro confirmed the cancellation of the 2021 New Year celebrations on the 25th. On the same day, President Bolsonaro announced on social media that his new crown virus test results turned negative. In Brazil, another 5 cabinet ministers and 10 governors have been diagnosed with the new crown virus.

Among other Latin American countries, Mexico and Colombia have more than 7,000 new confirmed cases in a single day. Mexico has surpassed Peru to become the country with the sixth largest number of confirmed cases in the world.

The number of new diagnoses in a single day is still rising and even hit a new high is India. In India, more than 45,000 cases have been diagnosed daily in the past three days, with a total of more than 1.33 million confirmed cases, but the case fatality rate has dropped to 2.35%. According to the Hindustan Times, India’s first self-developed new crown vaccine entered clinical trials on the 24th.

The epidemic situation on the Korean Peninsula is not optimistic.

South Korea has newly confirmed 113 cases on the 25th, which is the first time that the number of new cases has exceeded 100 in a single day since April 1. Among them, 86 were imported cases, which is the highest number of imported cases in a single day since the first confirmed case was discovered in South Korea on January 20. According to South Korea’s Central Anti-epidemic Countermeasures Headquarters Coordinator, Kwon Yu-wook said on the 25th that the 86 imported cases were mainly South Korean nationals evacuated from Iraq and Russian crew members on a Russian fishing boat berthed in Busan Port.

According to a report by the Korean Central News Agency on the 26th, a suspected case of new coronary pneumonia was found in Kaicheng, a border city of North Korea. According to reports, the suspected patient fled to South Korea three years ago and returned to North Korea illegally across the border between North Korea and South Korea on July 19. Kaicheng has been completely blocked on the 24th. North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong-un declared a state of emergency in the region on the 25th and turned the national emergency prevention system into the “maximum emergency system”.

Japan confirmed 978 new cases on the 23rd, a record high since the outbreak. As of the 24th, Japan has confirmed more than 700 cases for 3 consecutive days. Tokyo, where the epidemic is most severe, has not yet started large-scale collective testing. In addition, as of the 25th, a total of 229 cases have been diagnosed at the US military base in Japan in Okinawa Prefecture, an increase of over 60% over the previous week.

Countries in other areas where the epidemic has rebounded have begun to tighten prevention and control measures. In Europe, the number of confirmed cases in France has risen to more than 1,000. It has announced on the 24th that it will strengthen entry prevention measures for travelers from 16 countries including the United States. The new coronavirus was detected in wastewater samples from the Paris sewage system on the 23rd. In the Middle East, Israel continued to implement weekend “cities lockdown” measures; Egypt, Kuwait and other countries adjusted their measures to avoid the spread of the epidemic during the upcoming Eid al-Adha. After Australia entered July, the growth rate of cases rebounded sharply. On the 22nd, 502 new confirmed cases hit a new high since the outbreak, with a total of nearly 14,000 confirmed cases. It is worth noting that the number of confirmed cases in Australia between the end of April and the end of June was less than 30 for two consecutive months. The Australian government believes that the rebound of the epidemic and the occurrence of community transmission are related to people’s violation of the epidemic prevention regulations, so it has decided to introduce stricter restrictions.

Although the research and development of the new crown vaccine continues to make progress, some experts are not optimistic about the time when the vaccine will be widely put into use. According to a CNN report, Fauci said on the 24th that there will be no widespread use of the new crown vaccine this year, and it will not even be possible until the beginning of 2021.

At the WHO’s regular press conference for new crown pneumonia on the 23rd, Tedros reiterated that politicizing the epidemic is a major threat facing the world. He once again called on all countries to work together. “The politicized epidemic and partisan prejudice have made the situation worse. What really matters is science and unity , It is necessary to wear a face mask every day  ”

Post time: Jul-09-2021