Global cases rose by 2.0 per cent for the third day
in a row to nearly 5m total infections. Fatalities rose by 1.5 per cent worldwide, slightly above the
five-day average of 1.2 per cent.
One statistic we discovered yesterday was that in
the US state of Pennsylvania (12.8m population) more people have died of covid-19 aged over 100 years old
than below the age of 45. In total it is 41 deaths under the age of 45 versus 72 over the age of 100. In
fact, more people have died in the 105-109 year old age bucket (six people) than in any five-year buckets
up to the age of 30. Eight people under 30 have died in total in the state out of 4493. It is perhaps the
most granular age data we’ve seen so far and going up to those 110 years old.
the latest case and fatality data. Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and Turkey are all seeing a daily
increase in cases consistently under one per cent. Meanwhile, cases in the US are in the mid 1.0 per cent
range but trending lower, in part reflecting the later shutdown. The UK seems to be moving more toward
the other European countries as cases have slowed further. Brazil and Russia are still seeing more
elevated case growth being earlier in their respective curves.
The three fastest
risers in recent days have been Russia, India, and Brazil. Case numbers in Russia have shown signs of
slowing down though with five days in a row under 10,000 new cases, and the 2.9 per cent increase in the
last 24 hours is the lowest daily rise so far. The rate of new fatalities rose for a third straight day,
at 4.8 per cent, though the overall number is much smaller than other countries with a similar case
count, even when adjusted for the population.
Indian cases rose by 5.2 per cent, just
under the five-day average of 5.5 per cent. The country implemented fairly robust shutdowns in late
March, but mobility data has showed that it was a much slower decline than the “on-off” switch seen in
many other countries, likely due to the sheer size of the population to manage. The daily increase in
fatalities rose by 4.0 per cent in the last day, below the five-day average of 4.5 per cent. The country
has a low overall number of fatalities at just of over 3,400, or 2.5 deaths per 1 million of its sizable
population. Spain has 596 on this measure.
Cases and deaths continue to rise in
Brazil as the country struggles to get control of the crisis. It has seen a 7.2 per cent rise in new
cases in the last day, which was the highest in nearly a week and well above the five-day average of 5.8
per cent. The daily rise in fatalities was 4.9 per cent, above the five-day average of 4.7 per cent.
Iran continues to see steadily increasing cases as the country reopens. There was a 1.9
per cent increase in cases over the last day, tied for the most since April and higher than both the
five-day average of 1.7 per cent and the daily rise from two weeks back of 1.5 per cent.
At the other end of the spectrum, Italy’s lockdowns have been effective in bringing the daily
infection rate under control. The country had a 0.3 per cent rise in cases over the last 24 hours, with
the 665 new cases down from the over 800 cases seen the day before. Fatalities rose by 0.5 per cent for
the fourth day out of the last five.
German cases rose by 0.4 per cent, down from
yesterday’s 0.7 per cent, which mirrors the rate of new fatalities falling from 1.0 per cent the day
before to 0.8 per cent yesterday.
US cases rose by 1.5 per cent, exactly in line with
the five-day average. NY State is no longer the epicentre of the epidemic in the country with a rise of
only 0.2 per cent in new cases. Fatalities in the US rose by 1.6 per cent, slightly higher than the 1.3
per cent five-day average.
Cases in the UK rose by 0.3 per cent, the lowest yet in
the country and well below the five-day average of 1.1 per cent. Fatalities increased by 1.0 per cent, in
line with the average over the last five days.
Minister Johnson said that a “track and trace” system will be in place by 1 June.
Ukraine: The Prime Minister announced that hotels would reopen and public transport can resume
in cities from 22 May.
Switzerland: Places of worship can reopen on May 28, this is
after barbers, florists, family doctors and hardware stores were allowed to reopen roughly a month ago.
The country has not seen a second wave in infections, spurring the government to loosen restrictions
Greece: Direct flights into the country will be allowed from 1 July onwards,
while seasonal hotels will reopen in mid-June.
care doctor in China, Qiu Haibo, said that patients found in a new cluster in the northeast appeared to
carry the virus for longer and also take longer to test negative, compared with the initial outbreak in
Inovio highlighted results of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine in rodents,
“demonstrating robust neutralising antibody and T-cell immune responses.” The company expects to be in
phase 2/3 trial by mid to late summer, pending regulatory approval.
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