COVID-19 Update Brazil –
Brazil’s Reopens Borders as COVI-19 Cases Cross 2.5 million
Brazil’s cases has officially crossed the 2.5 million mark with 2,555,518 total cases and 90,188 deaths recorded as at July 30, 2020. It is currently the country with the 2nd highest number of cases behind USA.
The positive numbers include two government ministers Citizenship Minister, Onyx Lorenzoni and Education Minister, Milton Ribeiro who recently tested positive. Earlier this month Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and two other top government officials, national security adviser Augusto Heleno and the minister of mines and energy, Bento Albuquerque, also tested positive for COVID-19.
In spite of these figures, on July 29, 2020, Brazil reopened international air travel to foreign tourists, which had been banned since March. Tourists from all countries can travel to Brazil as long as they have health insurance for the duration of their trip.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (Photo Source)
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COVID-19 Update India:
Government Issues Guidelines for Phase 3 of Unlock
On July 29, 2020, the government issued guidelines for Phase 3 of Unlock. These include reopening of gyms and yoga centers effective August 05, 2020 and the revoking of the night curfew order.
Operation of metro rail, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theaters, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall continue to remain prohibited. Schools and colleges too shall remain closed until August 31, 2020. Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations are not allowed.
Restrictions on international air travel and rail travel as existing earlier shall continue.
As at July 30, 2020, India’s coronavirus cases stand at 1,588,129 with 35,036 deaths reported. India is the country with third highest number of cases after the USA and Brazil.
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
USA Crosses 150,000 Deaths as COVID-19 Cases Continue To Surge in Multiple States
The USA has crossed the threshold of 150,000 confirmed deaths from Covid-19. The USA death toll is the highest in the world by a significant margin and reached 153,848 as at July 30, 2020.
More than 4.5 million people have been infected with Covid-19 in the US. Outbreaks have spread across several states including Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. Meanwhile, New York City, which was at one point the epicentre of the outbreak has brought the virus under significantly more control.
The surge of infections followed a rush to reopen for business in many states, without accompanying mandates or official recommendations to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
COVID-19 Cases in the USA as at July 01, 2020 (Photo Source)
As of July 30, 2020 the USA has reported 4,568,375 confirmed cases and 153,848 deaths, with 2,245,521 people recovered from the virus.
The United States is still currently leading the world in COVID-19 with the highest number of cases.
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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 856
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (as at July 28, 2020)
In the last 24 hours, 10 more patients have recovered and have been released from isolation. This increase brings the cumulative number of recoveries to 724 (84.8% recovery rate). In the meantime, two new cases have been confirmed, bringing the island’s record of total confirmed cases to 855. (Updated figure as at July 30, 2020 is 856)
The newly confirmed cases consist of two females aged 16 and 56 years with addresses in St. Mary and St. Ann respectively. One case is imported and the other is currently under investigation.
There are now 75 (8.8%) active cases under observation, including two moderately ill patients. There are no critically ill cases at this time, while 46 (5.4%) cases were repatriated to their countries of origin
Under quarantine orders at home are some 19,985 persons of interest, while five remain quarantined at government facilities. The parish health departments are currently following 403 close contacts of confirmed cases.
Jamaica’s total cases consist of 319 imported cases; 246 that are contacts of confirmed cases; 44 local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; 236 related to the workplace cluster in St. Catherine; and 10 are under investigation.
Some 484 (57%) of the confirmed cases are females and 371 (43%) are males, with ages ranging from 2 months to 87 years.
Jamaica COVID-19 Dashboard as at July 28, 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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