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China studies zero new Covid-19 circumstances for the FIRST TIME as pandemic finds new ‘epicenter’ in South America

China reports zero new Covid-19 cases for the FIRST TIME as pandemic finds new ‘epicenter’ in South America

Beijing has reported no new Covid-19 infections for the primary time for the reason that pandemic erupted final 12 months, however because the virus dies out in its authentic epicenter, South America has shortly emerged as a serious hotspot.

China’s Nationwide Well being Fee stated it confirmed zero new circumstances of the virus on Saturday – a primary for the reason that nation started tallying infections in January – and reported solely two suspected circumstances, one in all them imported from overseas. 

The deadly sickness first emerged late final 12 months within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan, spreading throughout the nation to contaminate some 84,000 folks, killing in extra of 4,600. However with aggressive containment measures that put tens of thousands and thousands of residents underneath strict lockdown, Beijing seems to have largely introduced the contagion underneath management, reporting a solely sluggish trickle of latest circumstances because the virus took maintain elsewhere on this planet.

Whereas the USA stays the highest epicenter with greater than 1.6 million infections, South America has shortly overtaken different areas for the number-two spot, with the World Well being Group (WHO) warning of a dramatic spike in circumstances there.

“In a way, South America has grow to be a brand new epicenter for the illness,” Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s prime emergencies knowledgeable, informed a press convention on Friday, noting that Brazil is “clearly probably the most affected.”

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During the last week in Brazil, well being officers have reported tens of hundreds of latest infections every day, bringing its present illness toll to greater than 330,000, quickly eclipsing Russia because the second worst-affected nation. Brazil has additionally counted greater than 21,000 deadly circumstances, almost seven instances greater than Peru, the area’s subsequent hardest-hit nation.

Although no vaccine, or perhaps a dependable therapy, at the moment exists for the coronavirus, Brazilian authorities have accepted widespread use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a therapeutic, after receiving shipments of uncooked supplies for the chemical from India final month. The drug has proven early promise as a therapy, however its effectiveness has but to be confirmed in a scientific setting. A brand new examine within the Lancet journal, in the meantime, suggests the medication may trigger coronary heart issues and even loss of life, displaying little to no profit to Covid-19 sufferers.

For the reason that pandemic broke out final December, greater than 5.2 million folks have been sickened and a few 338,000 killed worldwide, making it one of many deadliest viral outbreaks for the reason that 1918 Spanish Flu.

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