The United States health officials believe as many as 20 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus. That’s nearly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed.
The pandemic is getting worse globally, with the number of infections expected to reach 10 million next week, World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.
More than 9.6 million people around the world are diagnosed with COVID-19, while nearly 4.8 million have recovered, and quite 489,000 have died, consistent with Johns Hopkins University.
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Friday, June 26
06:53 GMT – Australia gets the second wave of loo paper hoarding
Australia’s supermarket chains reintroduced purchase limits on toilet tissue and other home items as a spike in coronavirus cases within the state of Victoria depart a fresh round of panic-buying over fears of a replacement stay-at-home order.
Woolworths Group Ltd and Coles Group Ltd, which together account for two-thirds of Australian grocery sales, said they were once more limiting purchases of loo paper and paper towels to at least one or two packs per person after photos circulated on social media showing empty shelves in stores.
With only 7,500 cases in total and 104 deaths, Australia has been easing restrictions on movement, but a string of double-digit increases in cases within the second-most populous state, Victoria, led to an interruption within the reopening there – and prompted shoppers to hoard.
06:44 GMT – Pakistan’s coronavirus testing still fall
Testing has continued to fall in Pakistan, one among the countries with the fastest rates of growth of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, Pakistan tested 21,041 patients, of whom 2,775 tested positive, a test-positive rate of 13 percent. Pakistan’s countrywide tally of cases rose to 195,745 cases on Thursday, with 59 deaths taking the price to 4,037.
Sindh and Punjab provinces, the country’s two most populous regions, appear to be the most areas where testing has dropped, consistent with government data.
Testing in Sindh has roughly halved over the course of in the week to six,458 tests, while in Punjab testing remains at A level quite 2,000 tests below its peak.
05:49 GMT – many Yemeni children ‘may starve amid pandemic’
Millions of children might be pushed to the brink of starvation because the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across war-torn Yemen amid a “huge” drop by humanitarian aid funding, the UN children’s agency warned.
The stark prediction comes during a new UNICEF report, “Yemen five years on Children, conflict, and COVID-19.” It said the amount of malnourished Yemeni children could reach 2.4 million by the top of the year, a 20 percent increase within the current figure.
“As Yemen’s devastated health system and infrastructure struggle to deal with coronavirus, the already dire situation for youngsters is probably going to deteriorate considerably,” UNICEF warned.
“If we don’t receive urgent funding, children are going to be pushed to the brink of starvation and lots of will die,” said Sara Beysolow Nyanti, UNICEF’s representative to Yemen. “The international community is going to be sending a message that the lives of youngsters … simply don’t matter.”
05:40 GMT – Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain, a preliminary study finds
A preliminary study of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has found the disease can damage the brain, causing complications like stroke, inflammation, psychosis, and dementia-like symptoms in some severe cases.
The findings, published within the Lancet Psychiatry journal on Thursday, are the primary detailed check out a variety of neurological complications of COVID-19, the researchers said, and underline a requirement for larger studies to seek out the mechanisms behind them and assist the look for treatments.
“This (is) an important snapshot of the brain-related complications of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. It is critically important that we continue to collect this information to really understand this virus fully,” said Sarah Pett, a University College London professor who co-led the work.