The worldwide number of virus cases currently stands at 24.69 million, an increase of over 273,000 cases in the past 24 hours. The number of deaths stands at over 836,000, and over 17 million people have recovered, based on data compiled by Worldometer, a service that aggregates and makes available world statistics.
The United States continues to lead the world in the number of coronavirus cases reported, crossing the 6 million mark on Thursday. The figure currently stands at 6.06 million, while the coronavirus death toll stands at just over 185,000. Officials reported over 45,000 new infections on Friday.
India set a new record for the number of new coronavirus cases two days in a row. It recorded 85, 687 new cases on August 26 and 77,266 on August 27, both topping the United States’ highest number of new cases, which occurred on July 16, with 77,255 new cases.
A White House official brushed off concerns about a lack of masks and social distancing at President Trump’s speech to the GOP convention Thursday evening, telling CNN reporter Jim Acosta that “everybody is going to catch this thing eventually”. The chairs at the event were inches apart, masks were not required and hardly in evidence, and there were no fever checks or coronavirus tests administered to the 1,800 people attending. During his speech, the president promised victory over the pandemic, which has thus far killed 180,000 people in the United States.
Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel warned of a tough winter ahead. In a speech, she thanked the Germany people for their sacrifices but said that more would be needed. She said that she believes that the coronavirus crisis will worsen before it gets better, as people move indoors as the weather gets cooler. “Things will not return to normal until we have a coronavirus vaccine,” she said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 0.65% of the nearly 98,000 coronavirus tests reported to New York state Thursday were positive, representing the lowest Covid-19 infection rate in the state since the start of the pandemic.
Officials at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport said that they would have to lay off 172 people and cut capital spending due to the pandemic-related slump in travel that is showing no signs of turning around.
Researchers across the globe are working on a second wave of vaccines that will work differently than the first. The first wave of vaccines will deliver a protein that covers the surface of the coronavirus. This is expected to cause the body’s immune system to create the necessary antibodies to fight the virus off.
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola said it will cut thousands of jobs and reduce its number of business units as it faces declining beverage sales amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts will come in the form of voluntary and involuntary reductions.
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