US Covid-19 cases surpass 4.8M: Johns Hopkins University

US Covid-19 cases surpass 4.8M: Johns Hopkins University

August 5, 2020– The number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the United States surpassed 4.8 million on Wednesday, reaching 4,802,275, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the US national death toll from the disease rose to 157,551, according to the CSSE.

The hardest-hit state California recorded 527,074 cases, followed by Florida with 502,739 cases, Texas 466,032 cases, and New York 418,225 cases, the tally showed.

States with over 180,000 cases also include Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, and Arizona, the CSSE data showed. 

Global cases present a stark number of 18,710,668 of COVID-19 cases while death toll tops 704,869.

Brazil has the highest number of recoveries with more than 2.15 million, followed by the US with over 1.5 million.

The US and Brazil are also followed by Mexico with 48,869 deaths and the UK with 46,295 fatalities.

China, ground zero for the disease, has registered more than 88,206 cases and over 81,200 recoveries, while its death toll stood at 4,676.

Overall, the virus has spread to 188 countries since it first emerged in China in December.

UN health agency: ‘Must learn to live with Covid-19’

GENEVA – The World Health Organization noted that the world must learn to live with the coronavirus and fight it with the tools it has, despite efforts to develop a vaccine going on at record speed.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the remarks at a high-level committee meeting six months after it declared coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) a public health emergency.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (file photo)

“It’s sobering to think that six months ago when you (the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee) recommended I declare a public health emergency of international concern, there were less than 100 cases and no deaths outside China,” Tedros said on Friday.

He said that since the onset of the virus, many scientific questions had been resolved, and many remain unanswered.

The emergency committee is always cautious in its pronouncements and on Friday it reevaluated the Covid-19 emergency status.

Before Covid-19, WHO declared a public health emergency for swine flu, polio, Zika, and Ebola.

Tedros said: “Early results from serology studies are painting a consistent picture: most of the world’s people remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks.

“Many countries that believed they were past the worst are now grappling with new outbreaks,” he added.

He said some countries, less affected in the earliest weeks, are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths, while some that had large outbreaks have brought them under control.

“Although vaccine development is happening at record speed, we must learn to live with this virus, and we must fight it with the tools we have,” said Tedros.

Tedros said a complete understanding of the epidemiology and global risk posed by this novel virus requires systematic serologic testing, which reveals critical information.

“Serologic testing detects antibodies in the blood that indicate if a person has already been infected,” said the WHO chief. “It tells us how frequently infection occurs among different populations, how many people have had a mild or asymptomatic infection, and how many people have been infected but may not have been identified by routine disease surveillance.”

Tedros said serologic testing might reveal what proportion of the population could be immune in the future.

“This will allow local, national, and international decision-makers to respond collectively, and more effectively, to the pandemic,” he said. (Anadolu)