A dramatically scaled-back model of the hajj pilgrimage started in Saudi Arabia yesterday, and although instances in Center Jap nations are beginning to stabilize, the reopening of worldwide borders poses a menace of elevated unfold, the top of the World Well being Group (WHO) regional workplace mentioned as we speak.
The worldwide complete climbed to 16,829,840 instances, and 662,297 individuals have died from their infections, in keeping with the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.
Fragile progress in Center East outbreaks
In the course of June, Saudi Arabia introduced a ban on hajj vacationers from exterior the nation, the primary such motion in fashionable occasions. It additionally introduced that it could restrict visits—with distancing measures in place—to a sure variety of Saudi residents and residents. Some nations had already banned journey to the hajj.
About 1,000 pilgrims are anticipated this yr, CNN reported as we speak, a small fraction of the two.5 million who often attend. Saudi Arabia is among the many three Center Jap nations with the very best case totals, alongside Iran and Pakistan.
At a media briefing as we speak, Ahmed Al-Mandhari, MD, PhD, who leads the WHO Jap Mediterranean workplace, mentioned instances and deaths have began to stabilize over the previous 2 weeks and are even reducing. Nevertheless, he mentioned the chance of resurgence continues to be excessive if public well being measures aren’t sustained, particularly throughout Eid al Adha. The spiritual vacation, marked by journey and gatherings, begins Jul 31 and is the second of two holidays within the Islamic world.
Al-Mandhari mentioned the area is already seeing new travel-related instances within the wake of nations reopening airports and entry factors to worldwide vacationers, and a few are already reporting a resurgence in neighborhood transmission after an preliminary dip.
Will increase in India, Latin America
Circumstances in India—the third hardest-hit nation—have handed 1.5 million, and as we speak the nation reported 52,249 instances.
In one other growth, a serologic research of individuals dwelling in Mumbai’s slums means that 57% have COVID-19 antibodies, Reuters reported. The research included random blood samples from 7,000 individuals and was performed by the town of Mumbai, the suppose tank NITI Aayog, and the Tata Institute of Elementary Analysis.
The survey additionally discovered a a lot decrease positivity charge of 16% in individuals dwelling exterior the slums, which officers mentioned most likely displays the affect of bodily distancing and lockdowns. An official from Mumbai mentioned the research means that the town could also be headed for herd immunity.
In Latin America, one of many essential international sizzling spots, Colombia’s president yesterday prolonged the nation’s lockdown till the tip of August, the eighth such extension, Reuters reported. And in Argentina, the place instances are rising, COVID-19 instances have been detected at Chinese language and US grain crops, interrupting operations.
Monitoring Asian flare-ups
Vietnam reported extra COVID-19 instances in numerous components of the nation that seem like linked to journey to Da Nang, the place a cluster of instances was not too long ago detected, the primary since April. The newly reported instances are from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, and the Central Highlands, Reuters reported.
Numerous home vacationers had not too long ago visited Da Nang, although the supply of the virus hasn’t been recognized. Authorities officers are additionally eyeing the potential for virus unfold by means of unlawful immigration.
In the meantime, Da Nang has 8 new local cases, elevating the whole to 30. The most recent instances are linked to a few hospitals.
Hong Kong, experiencing its third wave of instances, reported 118 extra instances as we speak, all however 5 of them native, in keeping with the Center for Health Protection. Well being officers mentioned the rising caseload is placing stress on the hospital system, in keeping with a authorities transcript translated and posted by Avian Flu Diary.
China as we speak reported 101 new instances, 98 of them domestically acquired infections, together with 89 from an outbreak in Xinjiang province, eight from Liaoning province, and 1 from Beijing, in accordance an replace from the National Health Commission.
In different international COVID-19 developments:
- Russia expects to approve its first COVID-19 vaccine within the first half of August, sources informed Reuters. The approval will coincide with the launch of large-scale trials. The adenovirus vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya Institute and has been by means of early human trials. Some individuals exterior of Russia have questioned the velocity of the vaccine’s growth and whether or not all scientific and security steps have been coated.
- Italy’s parliament has authorized the prime minister’s request to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency till the tip of October.
- In Spain’s capital, Madrid, well being officers and others are questioning the town’s plan to offer “immunity certificates” to individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies, which might permit them to entry higher-risk places similar to gyms and bars.