COVID-19 Update Brazil –
Another Cabinet Minister Tests Positive as Brazil’s COVI-19 Cases continue to increase
Brazil’s Communications Minister, Fábio Faria announced that he has tested positive for COVD-19. He is the 11th cabinet member to do so. As of October 18, 2020 Brazil now has a total of 5,235,344 total cases and 153,905 deaths. It is currently the country with the 2nd highest number of deaths behind USA.
The Government of Brazil has maintained a continuous effort to guarantee health care to the population, in partnership with states and municipalities, since the beginning of the pandemic. The goal is to take care of everyone’s health and save lives, in addition to promoting and preventing the health of the population.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Photo Source)
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COVID-19 Update India:
SOPs on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during
festivities issued as India’s COVID-19 Cases cross 7.5 million
As at October 18, 2020, India’s coronavirus cases now stand at 7,548,238 with 114,642 deaths reported. India is the country with second highest number of cases after the USA.
Previously, on October 06, 2020 the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued Standard Operating Procedures on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 during festivities. The document outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken at locations to prevent spread of COVID-19 during festivities carded for the period October to November, 2020.
Health workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits collect swab samples from people at a COVID-19 testing center in New Delhi (Photo Source: TWC India)
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COVID-19 Update: USA
The CDC Issues Updated Guidance on How COVID-19 is spread as USA records over 7.7 million Cases
On October 05, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidelines on How COVID-19 Spreads. It includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This comes on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump both testing positive for Covid-19 on October 02, 2020.
US President, Donald Trump (Photo Source)
The USA currently has 7,776,224 Covid-19 cases and a total of 216,784 confirmed deaths. With 2,576,060 active cases the USA still ranks the highest in the world as at October 07, 2020.
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Coronavirus Update Caribbean-
Here is an update on how the health ministries of Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Barbados, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominican Republic have taken steps to ensure maximum protection from the Coronavirus:
COVID-19 in Jamaica:
Jamaica Total COVID-19 Cases Now 1,082
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (as at August 14, 2020):
As a result of the efforts of the Health Department, 11 new positives were identified today. These new cases bring Jamaica’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases to 1,082. Today, also saw the recoveries increase by seven, bringing that total to 761 patients recovered and released from care (70.3% recovery rate).
The country is now managing 245 (22.6%) active cases across the island, including seven moderately ill patients and one critically ill patient. Sixty-two (62) cases recorded in Jamaica have returned to their countries of origin.
Of the 11 newly confirmed cases, there are four males and seven females, with ages ranging from 13 to 49 years. All 11 new cases reside in St. Thomas, with 10 classified as contacts of confirmed cases, and one remains under investigation.
Jamaica now has 388 imported cases; 350 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases; 75 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine and 33 are under investigation.
Jamaica COVID-19 Dashboard as at August 14, 2020 (Source)
Jamaica reopened its borders to international travel on June 15, 2020 with the following provisions for persons who wished to be tested voluntarily.
Passengers are going through temperature checks and a process of sensitization. Both visitors and staff who display temperatures higher than 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit and/or flu-like symptoms will be flagged by airport, hotel, attraction, and transportation staff for secondary health checks in designated spaces, which may be referred for review to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Based on their health status and risk assessment by a public-health officer, Jamaicans seeking to re-enter would still be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
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