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For our academic summary this week Sam van de Schootbrugge reviews a recent paper published in The Lancet. The research indicates that low levels of national preparedness, scale of testing, and population characteristics were all associated with increased national caseloads and mortality. Importantly, the results suggest that quicker border closures lessened the peak of transmission and facilitated increased recovery rates.
We also update our regular COVID tracker, which today reports that one person dies on average every 15 seconds from the virus.
Early Border Closures Can Control COVID-19 Caseloads (5 min read) The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on 11 March 2020. Almost no country has avoided the virus and even fewer have escaped the economic fallout. In total, there are now over 18.5mn confirmed cases and 700,500 deaths worldwide.
(Sam van de Schootbrugge │ 5th August, 2020)
Global COVID-19 Tracker – Philippines, Colombia & Japan Register High Number Of Cases Global Coronavirus cases reach 18.5mn, with total deaths now standing at 700,500. These figures have increased 2.5% and 1.6% since Monday’s report, respectively. Reportedly, one person dies on average every 15 seconds from the virus.
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