It must be recognized that Covid-19, the epidemic caused by the new Coronavirus infection, will continue its arch-rivalry with humans for years to come. It took off at crazy speed towards 22 million injured people in the world. During the weekend, the number of injuries jumped to 21,366,680. Accordingly, the number of deaths increased, exceeding 763 thousand yesterday (Saturday). Medicines and public health experts told Bloomberg yesterday that Covid-19 will remain a battle and a major challenge for years to come, even if a successful vaccine is found that will be spent on humanity. Bloomberg noted that the record of human victories over viruses is almost empty, except that humans have defeated smallpox virus. As for the rest of the viruses, they are under control. But it slips out from time to time. It is clear that if there is a vaccine, it will be allocated first to health personnel, and to segments of the population that are considered high-risk, such as the elderly and those with chronic diseases. As for the rest of the population, they will be left with nothing until next year. The editor of “Science” magazine, Professor Holden Thorpe, warned world leaders yesterday against “accelerating” the approval of a vaccine. And he said – in an editorial – that the best solution is to ensure adherence to current treatment protocols and extensive examinations. He added that the lives of millions of people are at stake, and that the wild rush towards a vaccine would lead to disaster. Thorpe attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin for announcing the production of a Russian vaccine after research that lasted only 42 days. Yesterday, however, Deputy Chief Physician of the British Government Professor Jonathan Van Tam played a tone that sparked optimism. He said that next spring might be a “new dawn” for the British, in their battle against the epidemic. He indicated that the emergence of a vaccine soon will make them able to “live safely” with the virus. He was supported by British government vaccine officer Kate Bingham, who said yesterday that efforts to develop a vaccine would make Covid-19 like a cold, not a deadly disease as it is now.As the virus rushes to spread its havoc where it becomes easy, the United States, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa are in the forefront of the terrible scene. The number of America infected has increased to 5.48 million (and 171,535 deaths). California alone became the fifth in the world in terms of the number of injuries, which yesterday exceeded 597,984. California also ranks third among the United States, in terms of the number of deaths from the epidemic. Yesterday, deaths appeared to be on the rise in California, Texas and Florida, according to Johns Hopkins University figures. In Brazil, which yesterday announced 50,644 new infections, the number of injuries rose to 3.28 million. And by announcing 1,060 new deaths on Saturday, the total number of deaths jumped to 106,571. And the situation is not better than in India, where the total number of injuries rose to 2.53 million on Saturday. Russia is approaching more and more than a million infections, with 917,884 cases. As for South Africa, the number of injured people reached 579,140 as of yesterday, to remain the fifth in the world.
The series of misery and death continues in Central and Latin America, with Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile occupying the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively. It was striking that Peru kidnapped the leader of this poor quadruple, as the number of its injured jumped yesterday to 516,296 people. In Japan, the government announced the discovery of 385 cases during the 24 hours ending yesterday morning. Yesterday, Hong Kong announced 40 new cases. In South Korea, the authorities said that yesterday they detected 166 new infections. The government decided to close cinemas and nightclubs from Sunday night.
In New Zealand, which is facing a severe virus attack, despite its success during the previous period in rolling back the outbreak, the government of Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said that it had detected 7 new cases Saturday, in Auckland. Ardenn announced the extension of the lockdown of Auckland – the largest city in the country – for an additional 12 days. In China, the health authority says it detected six injuries to workers in a supermarket in the southern city of Shenzhen. And China had announced that Shenzhen, which is known as a center for modern technological industries, had discovered the virus in shipments of frozen chicken wings imported from Brazil.