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COVID – 19, Saturday 23rd May

New Zealand
https://covid19map.co.nz
1 days with no new cases
28 active
1504 total
1455 recovered
21 deaths (1.39%)
1 in hospital
255,850 tested

UK
Cases, 255,544
Deaths, 34,716

ONS spread of the virus in the community

14,500 people in 7,054 households tested 4th - 17th May

Increasing to 300,000 in months

0.25 of people currently infected in the community

66m population = 165,000 current infections

No evidence in the proportion of positive tests in different age categories

Male / female positive tests same

No differences in infected people between patient facing and non-patient facing roles

About 9,000 new infections per day

Covid-19 symptom tracker today, 9,900 new cases in England

Track and trace capacity 10,000 per day

Contain local outbreaks

New 20-minute test now being used
Dr. Mourant
Testing at the point of care
Testing direct from swab
Fully portable machine
Comparable with PCR


United States
Cases, 1,601,434
Dearth 96,007
Nearly everywhere easing restrictions

Alabama
Reopening began 10 days ago
14,000 cases
Montgomery, hospitals and ITUs full
Stephen Reed, if you need an ITU bed you are in trouble

Upcoming hotspots
Dallas
Houston
Tennessee
Florida

Florida is NOT getting it right. Many people are back to normal. Sitting together at restaurants and bars! Way too soon! Wife and I wear masks, but many don't. We just stay away from people as much as possible.

https://www.livescience.com/covid-19-superspreader-singing.html

University of Washington
Screening is more effective in care homes than clinical presentation, asymptomatic carriers

Ford plant visit Michigan

Houses of worship essential

Poland
Cases, 20,838
Deaths, 990
Antibody test down to 20 euros

Italy
Cases, 228,658
Deaths, 32616

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.11.20098442v1

Milan metropolitan area

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in healthy asymptomatic adults

Cross-sectional study during the outbreak

Presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG antibodies

Blood center at a leading COVID-19 referral center

Random sample of blood donors, February 24th to April 8th, 2020, n=789

The test had a 98.3% specificity and 100% sensitivity

Seroprevalence was 4.6% rising to 7.1%, finishing at 10.8% of healthy adults

Conclusions: SARS-CoV-2 infection was already circulating in Milan at the outbreak start

Sweden
Cases, 32,809
Deaths, 3,926
Not very locked down
Social distancing
Personal responsibility
Everyone does what they want

Brazil
Cases, 330,890
Deaths, 21,048
Sao Paulo
Beach city closed, but people still going
ITU close to capacity

Afghanistan
Cases, 9,998
Deaths, 216
Lockdown but not at all strict
Some Mosques packed

Qatar
Imposes mandatory masks on pain of prison
https://news.yahoo.com/qatar-imposes-mandatory-masks-pain-prison-065207047.html

Yemen
Health system has effectively collapsed
A COVID pandemic with no health care

Indonesia
Cases, 21,745
Deaths, 1,351
Jakarta
Shops keep opening, police struggling

Paul, https://selfhelpchampion.com/post/618897746501468160/bus-terminal-takes-a-new-avatar-vegetable

https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/data/uv-index-graphs

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