Half a million people are dead as confirmed virus cases reach 10 million.
The worldwide number of deaths from the corona virus has reportedly exceeded 500,000 a New York Times databaseThe number of confirmed cases exceeded 10 million.
The grim marks were hit on Sunday as countries around the world struggled to keep new infections out of control while trying to get out of painful locks.
In April, about a month after the World Health Organization explained the outbreak of the pandemicDeaths exceeded 100,000. At the beginning of May, the number rose to 250,000.
More than a quarter of all known deaths were in the United States.
The number of confirmed infections, which took around 40 days to double, could be significantly underestimated, according to health authorities. Data released Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that actual numbers in many regions are likely to be ten times higher than reported.
The Times also found that the actual death toll in the United States and more than two dozen other countries is higher than officially reported. The limited availability of tests has often made it difficult to confirm that the virus was the cause of death.
In the United States, early trouble spots occurred in the northeast, particularly in the New York metropolitan area. However, the recent surge was mainly in the south and west, forcing some states to withdraw from plans to reopen.
And while dozens of countries that have taken early steps to contain and track the pandemic have been able to control the virus within their borders, experts fear that fatigue from blocking and social distancing will spread the virus with renewed intensity enabled.
Kim Victory was paralyzed on a bed and burned alive.
Someone saved her on time, but suddenly she was turned into an ice sculpture on a chic cruise buffet. Next, she was the subject of an experiment in a laboratory in Japan. Then she was attacked by cats.
Nightmarish visions like this troubled woman Victory during her stay in hospital this spring due to severe respiratory insufficiency caused by the coronavirus.
“It was so real and I was so scared,” said Ms. Victory, 31, now at home in Franklin, Tenn.
Surprisingly, many coronavirus patients report similar experiences. The phenomenon known as hospital delirium has so far been observed mainly in a subset of elderly patients, some of whom have already had dementia. In recent years, hospitals have taken measures to reduce them.
Now the condition is a problem for coronavirus patients of all ages with no prior cognitive impairment. Reports from hospitals and researchers suggest that about two-thirds to three quarters of coronavirus patients in I.C.U. have experienced it in different ways. Some have “hyperactive delirium”, paranoid hallucinations, and restlessness; Some have “hypoactive delirium”, internalized visions and confusion that lead to patients being withdrawn and no longer communicative. and some have both.
There are coronavirus cases soar quickly in Houstonas they are at other hot spots in the south and west. Harris County, which spans most of Houston and is one of the largest counties in the country, has recorded an average of more than 1,100 new cases per day, including most of the United States. As recently as two weeks ago, Harris County had an average of 313 new cases per day.
Measures to cope with the increase and plan its peak were obvious over the weekend at the Houston Methodist HospitalThe company called on nurses to work extra shifts, put new laboratory equipment in place to test thousands more samples daily, and put additional hospital beds in an empty unit that was about to reopen as patients filled new coronavirus stations .
Melissa Estrada was among the treated. She said she tried to be careful with the virus, keep her three children at home, and always wear a mask in the supermarket.
But at the weekend, Ms. Estrada, 37, fought the virus in the hospital. She said she was probably infected with the virus when she had dinner with relatives who were also careful. Within a few days, all four adults and several children who attended the meeting tested positive.
“It was really, really scary,” said Ms. Estrada of her illness. She was constantly worried about leaving her children without a mother. “They hear about it and think it’s the elderly or the people with the underlying problems,” she said. “And I’m healthy. I don’t understand how I got so bad.”
During the first peak of the virus in April, the majority of patients who tested positive in the Methodist hospital system were over 50 years old. Now most of them, like Ms. Estrada, are relatively young.
“What I see is that they’re pretty sick – the younger ones are pretty sick,” said Tritico Saranathan, a nurse on one of Methodist’s virus departments. “They have a lot to deal with breathing problems. They find it difficult to breathe,” she added, “they just feel like death.”
The virus spreads in many African countries threaten to drive up to 58 million people in the region to extreme povertyWorld Bank experts say. Aside from the devastating consequences for the continent’s most vulnerable people, the pandemic is also leaving one of Africa’s most important achievements behind: the growth of its middle class.
Over the past decade, Africa’s middle class has been central to school, political and economic development across the continent. New entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs have created jobs that in turn have put a leg up for others.
Educated, tech-savvy families, and young people who have money left have satisfied demand for consumer goods, called for democratic reforms, expanded the talent pool at all levels of society, and pushed for high-quality schools and healthcare.
Around 170 million of the 1.3 billion people in Africa are now considered middle class. According to the World Data Lab, a research organization, about eight million of them could go into poverty due to the corona virus and its economic consequences.
“We worked hard to build a better life,” said Tour Van driver James Gichina of his colleagues in the tourism sector. Now he said, “We have nothing.”
Over the weekend, Florida has broken its previous record for new coronavirus casesand reported 9,585 infections on Saturday. Another 8,530 were reported on Sunday.
Six hours of queues formed in Jacksonville as thousands of people gathered to pass tests. The corona virus has exploded in Orange County, the home of Orlando: Almost 60 percent of all cases have occurred in the past two weeks.
Much of the new case in Florida is due to the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants, and other social activities.
“I’m one of the people who contributed to the 9,000-person day,” said Ian Scott, a 19-year-old college student in Orlando who tested positive on Friday. He has no idea how he got it.
“We see positive, positive, positive, positive,” he said. “My generation says,” Let’s get this over with. Let’s soak it up for two weeks, sit in our rooms, play video games, play on our cell phones, finish online courses and it’s over. “
Mr. Scott hardly felt sick and was fine when the test results came back. Patients like him could help explain the fact that Florida’s daily case count quintupled in two weeks, but the death rate has so far not increased. State records show that hospitalization rates have increased but are not at crisis levels.
Buyers beware: mask exemption cards that are available for sale online are fake.
Tickets for sale that claim to exclude people from wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic are fraudulentfederal officials said.
The cards – about the size of a business card and with a red, white and blue eagle logo – say that the holder is exempt from regulations that require him to wear masks in public.
“Wearing a face mask poses a mental and / or physical risk to me. According to the Disabled Americans Act (ADA), I am under no obligation to tell you what my condition is, ”says the map, on which“ Poznan ”is misspelled and the Disabled Americans Act is misnamed.
There is also a warning that companies or organizations can be notified Freedom to Breathe Agency, the group behind the cards. One version of the cards had the Department of Justice logo and contained a legitimate phone number to file complaints about violations of the Disabled Americans Act.
The cards were sold online in boxes of 500 or more for $ 49.99.
The cards were created in response to complaints, the group selling them said in an email and as an “educational tool” to help people “understand their legal and human rights so that they could be unlawful, unscientific and unconstitutional.” Can withstand mandates ”.
The founder of the Freedom to Breathe Agency, Lenka Koloma, advertised the cards on her Facebook page and they were sold on a website created through the Shopify trading platform. The page was not available on Sunday afternoon.
The original Facebook group and website on the Wix platform for the Freedom to Breathe Agency were also removed.
The idea of spending what he thought was the “end of the world” outside his family in his home country seemed unbearable to the 47-year-old Argentine on a tiny Portuguese island, but Argentina had canceled all international flights.
“I didn’t want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases,” said Juan Manuel Ballestero. “I wanted to do everything I could to go back home. The most important thing for me was to be with my family. “
Most of all, he said, because his father was close to his 90th birthday.
So Mr. Ballestero loaded his 29-foot sailboat with canned tuna, canned fruit and rice and sailed from Porto Santo, Portugal in mid-March, which turned out to be an 85-day odyssey across the Atlantic.
Mr. Ballestero’s relatives, who were used to his hiking lifestyle, knew better than trying to dissuade him.
“There was a lot of uncertainty about not knowing where he was for 50 days,” said his father Carlos Alberto Ballestero. “But we had no doubt that this would end well.”
Mr. Ballestero has spent much of his life sailing, with stops in Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Bali, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Brazil, Alaska and Spain.
Now he’s back home.
Mr. Ballestero reached his hometown of Mar del Plata on June 17 and was shocked by the hero’s greeting that he received. A medical worker tested him on the dock for the virus, and when it was negative, he was allowed to step on Argentine soil.
“What I have lived is a dream,” he said. “But I have a strong desire to continue sailing.”
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The coverage was written by Pam Belluck, Abdi Latif Dahir, Sheri Fink and Christina Morales. Daniel Politi, Frances Robles and Mitch Smith.