Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 28 – New Cases Skyrocketing in France

By Kurt Stolz on 28 September 2020
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Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao, Bogotá, Colombia

As the global death toll crossed the 1 million mark, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said that the country should prepare for the Covid-19 “challenge” of the coming seasons, noting that the country is still in the first wave of the pandemic given that case numbers never declined significantly to a good baseline.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that a second wave of the coronavirus is already underway in most of Canada.  “We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,“ he said. Health officials there reported that the country has seen the number of cases treble in the past five weeks.

New York City officials said that sheriff’s deputies shut down three large gatherings over the weekend that were in defiance of state and city coronavirus restrictions.  Deputies who entered Royal Elite Palace Caterers in Woodside, Queens just before midnight on Friday discovered a wedding reception with almost 300 people inside the venue. The hall’s owner and manager were both cited for misdemeanor offences.  They found 192 people packed into a karaoke bar in Flushing, Queens, Friday night. The bar was serving alcohol with no license. Finally, they also shut down an illegal gathering of 78 people on the Bowery Saturday morning.

The number of deaths from the coronavirus has been consistently rising in the past two months and averaged approximately 5,000 per day on a global basis over the past seven days. The United States, Brazil, India, and Mexico account for more than half of the global total.

A senior science advisor warned that the United Kingdom “could be caught in a cycle of epidemic waves. In an opinion piece in the Times of London, the advisor, Jeremy Farrar, said that new restrictions promulgated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson were a “fudge” and would not save lives.

Meanwhile, the number of new cases is skyrocketing in France, which appears to be in a second wave.  The daily average over the past seven days is over 10,000, more than double what that figure was at the height of the country’s first wave in the spring. “The virus has not disappeared,” said the country’s health minister, Olivier Véran.  “The epidemic has restarted again.”

Colombia, which has a lower positivity rate than its neighbors Peru or Brazil, is slowly starting to reopen its economy and the mayor of Bogotá recently allowed restaurants to offer indoor dining, albeit at reduced capacity, and some shops and markets to reopen, but the country remains a hotspot for new cases, with approximately 6,800 per day, a figure that moved it ahead of Peru as the country with the fifth highest reported number of virus cases worldwide. The country’s health minister exhorted citizens to practice social distancing in order to keep malls and shops open.

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