Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The COVID-19 epidemic is plummeting in some of the world’s hottest spots


People walking across the area near the Waterloo Bridge during the COVID-19 pandemic in London, England on February 5 – Photo: REUTERS

According to the newspaper New York TimesOne month ago, the world epidemic was bleak with more than 750,000 COVID-19 cases reported globally in just one day; the number of cases increased across the United States; New variants found in the UK, Brazil and South Africa threaten to spread to other countries.

However, the past month has seen surprisingly rapid changes in the epidemic. The number of new cases has halved since the peak of the global epidemic.

Graphics of New York Times shows that in the past 28 days, the number of new cases has decreased by 40-86% in 28 countries, many of which have been or are hot spots of the epidemic such as the US (down 62%), UK (down 70%). , Spain (down 69%) …

Although the number of cases is not a true number that accurately reflects the pandemic situation because the testing and recording of cases have not been done equally well everywhere, there are few patients. hospitalization in many countries with high prevalence makes experts believe that the current downtrend of the epidemic is real.

COVID-19 translation is falling sharply in the hottest spots of the world - Photo 2.

From left to right: The New York Times graphs show the disease situation in the last 28 days: Number of cases has decreased sharply in 28 countries; Number of cases decreased in 17 countries; The number of cases remained unchanged in 10 countries; Shifts increased in 23 countries – Screenshot

Experts believe that the positive signals in the COVID-19 pandemic at this time are due to a number of main reasons: serious adherence to social distance and wearing a mask, seasonal activity. of the virus and the progressive level of innate immunity in today’s highly infectious groups.

At this time, the public is very hopeful that the widespread vaccination implementation will help prevent more new cases and deaths. However, there is also a lot of concern about potential risks from new variants as well as many other risks associated with disease.

Ms. Wafaa El-Sadr, immunologist at Columbia University, USA commented on the current disease situation: “We have seen the light at the end of the tunnel but it is still a long tunnel”.

Many countries are still struggling in the epidemic. Brazil struggled to cope with the serious emergence of a new virus variant that appeared in the country. Hospitals in Spain are receiving a higher number of cases than before, even as new case statistics decline.

Some European countries such as the Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia still have high rates of the disease.

D. KIM THAI



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