World COVID-19 5-3: 93% of Americans live in low-risk areas

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New York Mayor Eric Adams in a press conference on March 4 announced the lifting of the mandatory order to wear masks in schools as well as proving vaccination status. He emphasized that it is time for New York to open – Photo: REUTERS

According to statistics site worldometers.info, the number of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide has surpassed 6 million by the end of March 4 (Vietnam time).

According to worldometers.info, the whole world has recorded a total of more than 443 million infections, of which more than 376 million people have been confirmed to be cured.

America is still the most severely affected country with more than 80.8 million cases and 981,729 deaths. India recorded the second highest number of cases in the world with nearly 43 million cases, but ranked third in the number of deaths, after Brazil with more than 650,000 deaths.

Figures released on March 4 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that about 93% of the US population currently lives in areas with low rates of COVID-19 infection.

This means that the government does not need to require people to wear masks in closed spaces.

According to US CDC, about 85.4% of all counties in the US have a moderate or low risk of infection, and nearly 93% of the population lives in such areas. The above figures have increased from the figures announced last week of 70% and 72% respectively.

Variant Omicron and its sub-strain are pushing the number of new infections in many countries to skyrocket.

On March 4, the number of new cases of COVID-19 in South Korea for the first time exceeded the milestone of 260,000 people/day. Despite the number of cases increasing day by day, the Korean government announced that it will extend the operating hours of businesses in 12 sectors, including restaurants and cafes.

Korean Interior Minister Jeon Hae Cheol explained the extension of time to help businesses survive the epidemic. According to Mr. Jeon, although the government has partially subsidized and social distancing regulations have been eased, many small businesses in Korea are still facing many difficulties.

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Shelves at a supermarket in Hong Kong are empty in this photo on March 4 – Photo: REUTERS

In Hong Kong (China), people are frustrated and rush to buy medicine, hoarded food due to worries that the city is about to blockade. Two of Hong Kong’s largest consumer retail chains have begun to split some food and drug items to curb panic buying.

A survey of 152,000 people who had experienced COVID-19 in Denmark showed that nearly one-third of these experienced at least one persistent symptom within 6 to 12 months of being positive.

Researchers from Denmark’s State Serum Institute (SSI) say what’s new with this work is that they followed up longer and included people with COVID-19 who had not yet been hospitalized.

The most common long-term symptoms are changes in smell and taste, and fatigue. Research shows that anxiety and depression are also more common in people with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The study is currently in the peer-review process.

Some other news related to COVID-19:

* The South African government confirmed that the country may have to destroy 100,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine because its expiration date and people are afraid to inject.

* Also related to Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that the war in Ukraine will not have an immediate impact on the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to this region. According to WHO, Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine accounts for only a small amount of the vaccines shipped to Africa.

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