Grim landmark as Brazil reaches 100,000 deaths
BRAZIL passed 100,000 Covid-19 deaths at the weekend — with no sign of containing the disease five months after its first case was reported. Another 905 fatalities in the 24 hours to Saturday night edged the country’s toll into six figures — a total second only to the US. The nation of 210million people has seen an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from Covid since late May, while the health ministry said there had been 3,012,412 confirmed infections. As in many countries, however, experts believe Brazil’s numbers could be a lot higher due to insufficient testing.
5m infected in US amid 54,000 new cases daily
CORONAVIRUS cases in the US have topped 5million, says Johns Hopkins University. The number of infections is the highest in the world — and the true tally may be ten times higher, taking account of limits on testing. More than 162,000 have died in the US from Covid-19. There are around 54,000 new cases daily. Critics say the US failed to learn from Europe, which was affected earlier by the virus and needed strict lockdowns to contain it. Americans must now be tested on arrival in France and Germany.
A simple text could stop 7,800 deaths each year
THOUSANDS of lives could be saved every year if all GPs sent cancer screening reminders by text, a report says. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a dramatic decrease in diagnoses due to screening programmes being put on hold. But top oncologist Sir Mike Richards’ independent review states that if all GP practices were signed up to the centralised SMS reminder service, 780,000 more patients would attend screenings yearly, with 7,800 lives saved as a result. Just a third of the practices subscribe at present.
CORONAVIRUS GLOBAL CASES
■ CONFIRMED: 19,696,961
■ DEATHS: 727,984
■ RECOVERED: 11,963,915