Russia suffered 10,633 new Covid cases in 24 hours giving it fastest-growing rate in Europe with total infections at 134,687 and deaths at 1,280 – as 2,000 frontline Moscow medics test positive.
As has been reported here in the past month or so, Russia would seem to have had the most vulnerable population in Europe. However by controlling who gets on and off trains, they have an easier time quarantining various cities than nations with developed highways. It’s true that in summer, the Russian roadways do open up, but trains are still a principle means of inter-city transportation.
The aging population combined with endemic lung-related maladies makes the Chinese Plague lethal.
(Fox News) “What we are seeing are scenes from a horror movie.” Those words came from Artur Virgilio, the mayor of Manaus, about the coronavirus crisis developing in the middle of the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil. “We aren’t in a state of emergency. We are in a state of utter disaster, like a country that is at war but has already lost,” Virgilio said.
The city’s public health system has already collapsed, with 100% of intensive-care beds occupied and hundreds of people left untreated.
Relatives of victims report that burials have been carried out collectively, with some people left not knowing if their loved one was, in fact, buried.
In some cases, corpses were placed on top of each other in graves, according to reports. The official cause of death is often listed as “unknown” or “severe acute respiratory failure,” which experts say is contributing to a massive under-count of coronavirus cases.
There is a lot of information floating around about mutations of the original COVID-19 virus. This article from the South China Morning Post discusses (in part) one patient who had THREE separate mutations of COVID-19 in his body.
Professor Li Lanjuan and her colleagues from Zhejiang University found within a small pool of patients many mutations not previously reported. These mutations included changes so rare that scientists had never considered they might occur.
“The researchers also found three consecutive changes – known as tri-nucleotide mutations – in a 60-year-old patient, which was a rare event. Usually the genes mutated at one site at a time. This patient spent more than 50 days in hospital, much longer than other Covid-19 patients, and even his faeces were infectious with living viral strains.”
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