Europe Global Healthcare 

New coronavirus data shows London ethnic breakdown

New NHS data has revealed ethnic breakdowns among the patients in London hospitals who have died with coronavirus. Black people account for 13% of the city’s population but 16% of deaths. Epidemiologist Dr Shikta Das said there was a high rate of ethnic minority people among front line workers, who were exposed to greater risk. But Dr Das said it was difficult to draw conclusions as data needed to be more specific to areas of London. London has seen nearly 5,000 deaths linked to the virus. NHS data, obtained by…

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Global South America 

Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s largest city near collapse amid huge spike in cases, mayor says

The healthcare system in Brazil’s largest city is on the verge of collapse due to coronavirus, its mayor has said. Bruno Covas, mayor of Sao Paulo, said public hospitals in the city of 12 million people had already reached 90 per cent capacity, and could run out of space within two weeks. “It is hard to believe that some prefer the population to be subjected to Russian roulette. Indifference in the face of death is unseemly,” he said of those flouting social distancing measures, which includes the country’s far-right president,…

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Global South America 

Brazil passes Spain and Italy for confirmed Covid-19 cases

Brazil’s confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus now exceed those of Spain and Italy, which was once the epicentre of the pandemic, making Brazil’s outbreak the fourth largest in the world, according to official figures. A mother and son wear special masks for the hearing impaired made to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Brazil’s Health Ministry registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the prior 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. Brazil has done just…

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Global North America 

What if Covid-19 Returns Every Year, Like the Common Cold?

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is often compared to its close genetic cousin SARS-CoV-1. And for good reason: The virus responsible for the early 2000s SARS outbreak is, in many ways, the closest parallel to what we’re dealing with now. Researchers look to it when studying how long the new virus survives on surfaces and whether it makes sense for us to wear masks. It provides a guide for how the curve of cases and deaths might bend if we all do our part and stay home. The comparison offers some…

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Global North America 

State Alliances Are Leading the US Fight Against Covid-19

A couple of weeks ago, states from coast to coast were racing to find personal protective equipment and ventilators so their hospitals would be ready for Covid-19. “It was at the height of what seemed like the Hunger Games, everybody out there fighting for their life, people buying orders out from under you,” says David Postman, chief of staff to Washington governor Jay Inslee. Then a phone call between staffers for the governors of Washington and California sparked what would become a new alliance. It made sense they’d start talking.…

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