Covid19 South America 

Brazil Coronavirus Cases and Deaths: What To Know

Brazil could have the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll by July. Latin America became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in late May, largely driven by Brazil’s ballooning caseload, as the number of infections in the United States and Europe fell. In recent weeks, Brazil has reported upward of 1,000 new deaths a day from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, eclipsing the death toll in every country other than the United States. If the trend lines hold, some epidemiologists project the death toll of the epidemic in Brazil…

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Covid19 Europe 

Sewage study suggests COVID-19 was in Italy before China reported cases

Scientists in Italy have found traces of the new coronavirus in wastewater collected from Milan and Turin in December 2019 – suggesting COVID-19 was already circulating in Northern Italy before China reported the first cases. The Italian National Institute of Health looked at 40 sewage samples collected from wastewater treatment plants in northern Italy between October 2019 and February 2020. An analysis released late on Thursday said samples taken in Milan and Turin on Dec. 18 showed the presence of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. “This research may help us understand the…

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Asia Covid19 

Coronavirus in China: Beijing Seafood Market Shuts Down

Before the new cluster of cases, Beijing had not reported any new locally transmitted cases for eight weeks. China’s wet markets — where vendors sell fresh meat, seafood and produce — have come under scrutiny in recent months, because many of the first reported cases in Wuhan were tied to a seafood market there that has since been permanently closed. Epidemiologists have not arrived at a consensus on whether the market was the source of the virus. Seven of the 53 people who tested positive over the previous three days…

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Covid19 Europe 

Russia approves ‘game-changer’ antiviral drug to treat coronavirus

Russia has approved a ‘game-changer’ antiviral drug to treat the coronavirus and is ready to start giving it to infected patients next week. The Health Ministry in Russia has approved Avifavir, following the promising results of the first phase of clinical trials of the medication. Covid-19 patients given the drug recovered in half the time compared to those who took a placebo and that it cures 90 per cent of patients in 10 days, health chiefs claimed. Russian officials modified a version of the generic drug favipiravir, a drug designed…

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Covid19 South America 

South-South Cooperation during Coronavirus Pandemic: India to look at test kits for COVID-19 from Argentina

Border tension with China may take a toll on India’s trade with Beijing, more so at a time when the country is fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Amid all this, India could possibly look at other alternatives than China to meet its need for COVID-19 testing kits. One such country is Argentina, which has recently launched its own “NEOKIT-COVID-19,” which costs around $8 and allows detection of the virus in less than two hours. After meeting their internal demands, the government of that country which has been receiving queries from across…

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