Children under the age of five carry large amounts of coronavirus in the upper respiratory tract, a study published Thursday showed. Early research did not find strong evidence of children as a major contributor to the spread of COVID-19.
But now, a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics suggests that young children had a viral load 10 times in 100-fold greater than adults in the upper respiratory tract. This may mean that children are the main drivers of transmission within their communities.
Here is a summary of other major coronavirus stories around the world:
As the continent approaches 1 million confirmed infections, the director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that Africa still has a “very good chance of defeating the virus”; with a comprehensive strategy that includes safe testing.
Meanwhile, the country with nearly half of Africa’s virus, South Africa, has eased the 21-hour curfew by one hour.
And the UN Food Agency has warned that nearly 60% of Zimbabwe’s population could become “unsafe food” by December without an additional $ 250 million (€ 210 million) aid package.
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Many countries report an attack on the number of cases as the continent struggles to control the spread of the virus.
Indian authorities say “herd immunity without vaccination is not a strategic choice or option”, even though India registers over 50,000 newly confirmed infections.
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Countries that were rated for initial pandemic treatment, such as Australia and Vietnam, are now facing a resurgence in the number of cases. After a record daily rise, the Australian state of Victoria has made face masks mandatory.
President Donald Trump asked on Twitter if the United States should delay the November election until people vote “safely and securely.”
The US reported a 32.9% contraction of its economy between April and June, the worst decline since the Great Depression.
A new study outside Cuba has found that an antibody drug already used against coronavirus can reduce the risk of intensive care and death among residents of COVID-19 nursing homes.
Infections in Brazil have exceeded 2.6 million, a day after the country reported nearly 70,000 new cases. Brazil is the second most affected country in the world – after the US – with more than 90,000 deaths.
The pandemic has caused a record decline in Germany’s GDP. The 10.1% contraction was the largest since the country began collecting quarterly data in 1970. Austria and Belgium reported similar contractions in their economies on Thursday.
Meanwhile, companies across the continent reported heavy losses for the second quarter of 2020. VW, Renault and Airbus all reported extremely low financial results as the coronavirus crisis halted the global economy.
Read more: Opinion: The German economy cannot rely on jumping fast
The UK has reported the highest rate of excessive deaths (65,000) in Europe during the pandemic, a comparison of 21 countries shows. Scientists say excessive mortality is the best way to measure deaths from an explosion because it is internationally comparable.
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