According to the live updates of COVID 19 cases, the overall death toll have already surpassed 22,000. The outbreak of the coronavirus in the recent times initially happened in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in China. This deadly pandemic disease is also termed as SARS-CoV2, which has caused infections in over 492,000 individuals since December 2019.
You may often get confused with the terms COVID 19 and SARS-CoV2 while watching the news or reading on papers. SARS-CoV2 is actually a common term given to the coronavirus strain causing the infection. COVID 19 is the name of the illness that the virus causes in your respiratory tract.
As per the global scenario, you will find COVID 19 spreading to every corner of the world excluding only Antarctica. You can keep yourself updated on the dashboard of WHO (World Health Organisation), publishing the COVID 19 update. WHO is constantly tracking the number of infected cases of COVID 19, along with the confirmed death toll across the globe. Try to keep up with the latest numbers on the advancement and research happening on SARS-CoV2 and COVID 19 update here.
What is the global statistics of COVID 19?
As per the latest data, there have been precisely 22,180 deaths and 119,732 recovered cases of COVID 19. The number of active cases according to COVID 19 update accounts for 350,896 infected individuals. In these infected patients, 332,569 are in moderate condition that accounts for 95 percent of the total cases. The rest accounts for 5 percent of the total, which equals to 17,769 individuals in critical state.
There are closed cases categorized into released or recovered individuals, and deaths. Apart from the death percentage of 16, the number of recovered persons is 119,732 that accounts for 84 percent.
COVID 19 update shows that presently coronavirus has infected 198 countries across the globe. However, there is one international transport in Yokohama (in Japan) called the Diamond Princess, a voyage ship reported to be infected.
21-day lockdown and other COVID 19 update
The coronavirus spread initially started as an epidemic disease in the Wuhan province of China. However, with gradual time it has quickly escalated to a pandemic emergency affecting several states and territories across the world. The only region that is still not under the coronavirus threat is Antarctica.
In order to control the rapid spreading of COVID 19, the governments of various states have undertaken the lockdown procedure. Lockdown means you have to keep yourselves quarantined into your houses. This will help to minimize contact with other individuals as much as possible, thereby keeping the viral spreading under control.
Measures taken by the United States
The United States Congress along with White House has agreed on 2 trillion dollars for COVID 19 aid package. This is a massive decision taken under the administration of U.S President Donald Trump and senators of the United States. The bill has passed with the belief to attenuate the economic status of the nation because of the SARS-CoV2 outbreak.
According to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Republican Senate, the outbreak is nothing less than a wartime emergency. This is termed as the “Marshall Plan”, which is specially meeting the needs of medical centres and hospitals. It is the biggest rescue in the history of America by Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic Head.
Profound personality Bill Gates have also said that the present condition is a super urgent one. According to him, it is a global emergency where the affected needs effective testing.
How is India reacting to 21 days lockdown?
India has a population of 1.3 billion people, and its government has declared lockdown from 24 March 2020. On March 26, 2020, India is noticing a sort of stabilized condition in the emergence of new COVID 19 cases. As per the COVID 19 update in Indian case reports, the total number of infected individuals is 649.
Therefore, the current reports are pointing towards a general tail off in the rate of emerging patients of COVID 19. However, it is certainly not the hour to sit back and relax. The Central Government under the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared 21 days lockdown across the country. Reports show that there are presently 16 deaths and 45 recovered individuals in India. The total number of reported cases has tripled in the past one week, which means the measures have to be strict.
In spite of the three-week lockdown, the government assures that essential items will be available in the market. Goods that you use on a daily basis like vegetables, groceries, medicines, and milk fall under the category of essentials. Finance Minister Sitharman has announced certain measures to undertake during the lockdown along with relief fund packages of the government. She is taking every possible initiative to mitigate the economic fall of the country due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Effective shipment of COVID 19 containers (mobile hospitals)
The major point to keep in mind during this deadly outbreak of SARS-CoV2 is that minimal physical contact. You should practice social distancing in order to keep yourself safe from falling into the chain of COVID 19 spread. One evident issue that all countries are facing worldwide is the shipment of COVID 19 patients to hospitals for treatment. There are ample possibilities of spreading the virus while on the way to the hospital, thereby hiking the infection rate.
To mitigate this problem, architects have come together to design rigorous care units that are constructed inside shipping vessels. Such containers are termed as mobile hospitals, which offer intensive biocontainment to help minimize the spreading of the virus. The team backing up CURA aims at scaling the rapid control of COVID 19 spread in individuals in Africa. CURA is the acronym for Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments. Therefore, who are the people building up these prefabricated ICUs? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has collaborated with an Italian company to design these biocontainment vehicles known as mobile hospitals.
It is always better if you take patients affected with COVID 19 to the hospital for treatment in ICU beds. By doing so, you are actually offering them a greater possibility of survival. However, what to do if the designated hospitals for COVID 19 treatment lack the infrastructural space for more ICU beds? This is the place where mobile hospitals drop in. It offers infected patients with similar bio-confinement and effective treatment.
Condition of Italy as per COVID 19 update
The coronavirus outbreak has severely affected Italy, bringing the number of deaths of 8,215 individuals until 26 March 2020. Total number of COVID 19 cases in Italy accounts for 80,589 patients, of which only 10,361 individuals have recovered. The death toll percentage is as high as 44 percent, and will keep rising with time if not controlled.
About 6 percent of the total population of Italy, accounting for 3,612 individuals are dwelling in critical condition. However, 94 percent of the population accounting for 58,401 patients are in mild condition. This data confirms that there is still hope to cure these individuals at an early stage before things go out of hands. The number of daily COVID 19 cases that are coming up in Italy are more than 6,000, calling for a serious pandemic emergency.
Italian citizens like any other democratic nation in peace, have taken their civil rights of freedom and movement for granted. However, now they are paying it off at a much larger cost due to the massive pandemic outbreak of SARS-CoV2. Italian government has collaborated with ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights) and ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights). Together they have successfully ordered containment measures, ensuring complete lockdown of the country.
The inflection point of Italy is evolving at a greater pace. Coronavirus is a surface inflicting pathogen that spreads from droplets of sneeze from nose or mouth of infected person. The transmission is primarily from human to human. Thus, all kinds of social gatherings involving too many people are strictly a “NO”. However, the Italian government has allowed necessary services like buying medicines or groceries due to health concerns like other countries.
COVID 19 update on China
The National Health Commission of China has come up with 78 newly emerged COVID 19 cases. Out of 78, 74 of these new cases are “imported infections” that accounts for recent overseas arrivals of individuals in the country. However, one COVID 19 case has newly come up in Wuhan where the coronavirus outbreak emerged first. This particular case has not come from abroad, but has newly appeared in the central province of China.
In order to prevent the reappearance of SARS-CoV2 virus, the government has asked everyone to stay in quarantine. This measure will help to evade the chances of newly emerging COVID 19 cases in the country. The quarantine measure is not just for individuals residing in the country. It is also for people who has come to China from abroad during the outbreak.
All you need to know about Solidarity trial
The multipronged solidarity trial taken up by WHO is a study that involves treating COVID 19 cases. What is so unique thing about this study? The solidarity trial explores a wide scope of possible treatments, involving both old and new techniques. The treatments includes testing of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir, interferon beta along with lopinavir and ritonavir, and lopinavir with just ritonavir.
Initially, scientists implemented treatment with remdevisir against Ebola in patients. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are typically drugs against malaria. Doctors generally use interferon beta to treat a condition called multiple sclerosis. Lopinavir along with ritonavir are majorly for patients who are HIV positive, since they are antiretroviral drugs.
Prominent researchers in the medical industry have developed the above treatment procedures for other ailments. Surprisingly, all have shown promising results against the coronavirus strain. Out of all the compounds, ritonavir and lopinavir have the potential to target a specific molecule to work against SARS-CoV2. This particular molecule is common to both human immunodeficiency virus and coronaviruses like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, helping in replication. Scientists are currently conducting a trial called Miracle, as a treatment for COVID 19 after taking permission of MER-CoV patients.
Other COVID 19 update across the world
The World Health Organisation has warned all the young people not to be complacent regarding the pandemic outbreak of coronavirus. According to WHO, no person is invincible. Coronavirus infection has the potential to admit you to a hospital, and can prove to be fatal.
You may have the question in mind that what if you do not have the virus in you at all. What then? Are you safe from spreading the contagion or being a part of the virus chain? As per the WHO on the COVID 19 update, you are not. Your choices of going out during quarantined days can bring about a variance in life and death for another individual.
The Indian government has agreed to take part in the solidarity trial under the initiative of WHO. Lav Agarwal, the Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry, has ordered to deliver 10,000 ventilators. BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited) has demanded for 30,000 extra ventilators in 2 months due to shortage of equipment in India.
As per the latest COVID 19 update, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly developed cough and fever. Later on 27 March 2020, he confirms positive with COVID 19. After the announcement of Boris, Matt Hancock (health secretary of the UK) also confirms positive of COVID 19. The symptoms are supposedly mild for both the cases. Both Matt and Boris are keeping themselves in complete quarantine mode.
Prince Charles of Britain has also confirmed positive of the novel SARS-CoV2. He is however in a mild condition and is currently keeping himself in complete isolation from the world. Prince Charles has reportedly been a part of some social gatherings in the recent past. It must be due to these gatherings that Prince Charles has caught the deadly virus, as per news reports.