Monday, October 25, 2021

Russia’s daily COVID-19 death toll hits new high

Russia reported its highest one-day coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began. According to Russia’s National Coronavirus Task Force, there were 890 deaths on Sunday. It was the fifth day in a row that it recorded a new daily record for coronavirus deaths.

The task force also said that the number of new coronavirus infections reported on Sunday was the second highest number of infections of the year with nearly 25,800 infections.

Since the pandemic began, Russia has reported nearly 205,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the highest in Europe. According to Johns Hopkins, the country has a population of about 146 million and has recorded about 7.5 million coronavirus infections. The United Kingdom, with a population of about 67 million, leads Europe with 7.9 million cases since the pandemic began.

Russian officials say they don’t have the need to impose lockdowns, strictly enforce mask-wearing rules, or have proof of vaccinations. According to Johns Hopkins, about 30% of Russia’s population has been fully vaccinated, despite the country having developed its own vaccine, Sputnik v.

saliva test

A British company says it has developed an easy-to-administer, saliva-based test that can detect whether a person is contagious enough to pass along the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. causes.

The company Vatic said in a statement that its test is “extremely accurate” and has not returned a single false positive result in its test group. “This is very important for life to return to normal,” the company said.

Vatic said its “mission was to create a test that people would not mind using several times a week.”

Test results are available in 15 minutes, the company said.

The test is not yet available to the public while it undergoes more tests. Vatic is seeking approval for its sale directly to the public.

Life expectancy

A report by The Economist said that in 2020, COVID has brought an abrupt halt to the steady increase in life expectancy in most parts of the world.

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Researchers in Britain, Denmark and Germany said life expectancy declined in two of the 28 countries surveyed between 2019 and 2020. Life expectancy

rose in Denmark and Norway and for women in Finland. Meanwhile, male life expectancy fell by more than a year in Italy, Poland and Spain and by more than two years in the United States.

Another report by The Economist said the death rate from COVID in the US is “nearly eight times higher in the US than in the rest of the wealthy world” due to vaccine hesitancy and other factors. “America’s apathy towards vaccines and continued resistance to other interventions, especially among Republicans, is worrying,” the report said. A YouGov poll indicates that, among those who voted, [former U.S. President] Donald Trump in 2020, 31% say he will not get vaccinated, 71% strongly disapprove of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate and almost 40% never wear a face mask. It remains a deadly combination. ”

“The pandemic has destabilized societies, economies and governments. It has shown that there is no global security without global health security,” said World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a recent address to ambassadors and representatives of the EU Political and Security Committee regarding COVID-19 .

“The fastest and best way to end this pandemic is through genuine global cooperation on vaccine supply and access,” Tedros said. “The longer vaccine disparity persists, the longer the social and economic upheaval will continue, and the more opportunity for the virus to spread and transform into more dangerous forms. What we need is a global realization that no country can find a way out of this pandemic by being isolated from the rest of the world.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported on Sunday that it has recorded 234.6 million global COVID infections and nearly 5 million deaths.

Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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