Children under the age of five carried significant amounts of coronavirus in their upper airway, a study released Thursday showed. Early research found no strong evidence from children as major contributors to the spread of COVID-19.
But now, a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that young children had a viral load 10 to 100 times greater than adults in the upper respiratory tract. This could mean that children are the main drivers of transmission within their communities.
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As the continent approaches a million confirmed infections, the director of Africa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that Africa still has “a very good chance of reversing this virus”; with a strategy global that includes assertive testing.
Meanwhile, the country with nearly half of Africa’s virus coverage, South Africa, has eased the 9 a.m. curfew in an hour.
And the UN food agency has warned that about 60% of Zimbabwe’s population could become “food insecure” in December without another $ 250 million (€ 210 million) aid package .
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Several countries report a number of cases as the continent struggles to control the spread of the virus.
Indian authorities say “the immunity of the herd without vaccination is not an option or strategic option” even as India registers more than 50,000 new confirmed infections.
Read more: Why is India denying transmission of the COVID-19 community?
Countries that have been praised for their initial handling of the pandemic, such as Australia and Vietnam, are facing a resurgence in the number of cases. After a record daily increase, the state of Victoria in Australia has forced the face mask.
President Donald Trump asked on Twitter if the United States should delay the November election until people can vote “safely and securely.”
The U.S. has recorded a 32.9% contraction in its economy between April and June, the worst decline since the Great Depression.
A new Cuban study has found that an antibody drug already used against coronavirus may decrease the risk of intensive care and death among residents of nursing homes with COVID-19.
Infections in Brazil have surpassed 2.6 million, a day after the country reported nearly 70,000 new cases. The country is the second most successful country in the world, behind the United States, with more than 90,000 deaths.
The pandemic has caused a record drop in Germany’s GDP. The 10.1% reduction was the largest since the country began collecting quarterly data in 1970. Austria and Belgium recorded similar contractions on Thursday.
For their part, companies on the continent have reported serious losses during the second quarter of 2020. VW, Renault and Airbus reported considerably and economically, while the coronavirus crisis slowed the global economy.
Read more: Opinion: The German economy cannot count on a rapid recovery
The UK has reported the highest death rate (65,000) in Europe during the pandemic, shows a comparison of 21 countries. Scientists say excess mortality is the best way to measure deaths from an outbreak because it is internationally comparable.
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