Global report: South Korea has Covid-19 second wave as Israel ponders new lockdown

Date Published:June 22, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Although South Korea had begun easing physical-distancing in early May, they are experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus in and around Seoul. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Jeong Eun-kyeong explains “We originally predicted that the second wave would emerge in fall or winter. Our forecast turned out to be wrong. As long as people have close contact with others, we believe that infections will continue.” The mayor of Seoul has said stronger physical-distancing measures will be introduced if infections are not below an average of 30 in the next three days. [...]

Spain welcomes tourists back as emergency ends

Date Published:June 21, 2020

Source: BBC

In response to COVID-19, Spain declared a national state of emergency on March 14 and entered one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Three months later, Spain has lifted its state of emergency and is now allowing tourists from most European countries to enter. [...]

Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says

Date Published: June 15, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Mauro Giacca, a professor in cardiovascular science at King’s College London, has reviewed autopsies of patients who died in Italy after 30 to 40 days in intensive care. He explains that in the findings “you see massive thrombosis. There is a complete disruption of the lung architecture. There are large numbers of very big fused cells which are virus positive with as many as 10, 15 nuclei. I am convinced this explains the unique pathology of COVID-19. This is not a disease caused by a virus which kills cells, which had profound implications for therapy.” These findings highlight there is still much to learn about COVID-19. [...]

Fears of second coronavirus outbreak hit global shares

Date Published: June 12, 2020

Source: BBC

The global stock markets have fallen following warnings from the US Federal Reserve that the American economy faces a long road to recovery. Yesterday, the three main share indexes in the US saw their worst days in weeks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling almost 7%. In prior weeks [...]

As coronavirus cases rise nationwide, public health experts urge caution

Date Published: June 11, 2020

Source: The Washington Post

In the United States, many states issued guidance to allow for re-opening of their economies despite evidence and urging from public health that the first waves of COVID-19 had not yet passed. The effects of those guidelines are now coming to a head. Arizona is one example of this - two weeks after the state opened, which is aligned with the time it takes for the virus to incubate, Arizona saw a precipitous rise in infections and hospitalizations, forcing the state’s hospitals to activate its emergency plans.[...]

South Korea’s coronavirus success story threatened by surge of new infections

Date Published: June 11, 2020

Source: Global News

South Korea rose to global prominence a few months ago after having successfully managed its first wave of COVID-19. However, another surge of cases in Seoul, the capital of South Korea where 51 million people live, is threatening that success story. As South Korean officials race to stem the new increase in infections, which as of last Thursday was tallying around 45 cases daily, mostly in the Seoul metropolitan area, they are trying to balance restoring the economy with implementing stricter public health measures. [...]

Surging Coronavirus Cases Push Latin America ‘to the Limit’

Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The New York Times

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the director of the Pan American Health Organization, warns that the unfolding crisis had “pushed our region to the limit.” Across Latin America, cases are surging in both countries which had implemented early isolation efforts - like Peru, as well as those who had ignored recommendations, such as Brazil [...]