What you need to know about coronavirus right now

Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus right now,, writes Linda Noakes.

Death in Brazil on its way to the worst of the American wave

The brutal sharp rise in deaths from COVID-19 in Brazil will soon surpass the worst record January wave in the United States, scientists predict, and the deaths climbed above 4,000 a day for the first time on Tuesday as the epidemic flooded hospitals.

The total death toll in Brazil follows the U.S. outbreak alone, with nearly 337,000 killed, according to the Department of Health, compared to more than 555,000 deaths in the United States.

But with Brazil’s health care system at a tipping point, the country could exceed overall U.S. mortality, even though it has two-thirds of the United States ’population, two experts told Reuters.

India records cases

The second wave of infections in India continued to grow, as it recorded a record 115,736 new cases on Wednesday (April 7), which is 13 times more in just over two months.

The federal government has asked states to decide on local restrictions to control the spread of the virus, but has so far refused to impose any national blockade after the last 2020 destroyed the economy.

The total number of cases since the first recorded infection in India just over a year ago now stands at 12.8 million, making it the third worst affected country after the United States and Brazil.

Japanese player Osaka canceled the Olympic torch

Japan’s western region of Osaka on Wednesday canceled events with Olympic torches scheduled across the prefecture as record infections prompted the government to declare an ambulance.

Health authorities fear that the viral variant releases the fourth wave of infections only 107 days before the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the vaccination action is still at an early stage.

The prefecture reported 878 new infections on Wednesday, a record number for the second day in a row. Severe cases filled about 70% of hospital beds in the region.

The UK is starting to introduce the Moderna vaccine

Britain is launching the introduction of Modern’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in Wales and expects to use it in the rest of the UK in the coming days as a boost to the country’s health system as injection stocks begin to slow.

Modern will become the third vaccine to be used in Britain after the Oxford-AstraZenec and Pfizer stings, and comes when deliveries of bullets from Astra begin to slow down due to production problems, including at a location in India.

The United Kingdom vaccinated 31.6 million people with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine – and administered 5.5 million other doses. It will soon vaccinate half of the total population.

One third of survivors suffer from neurological or mental disorders

One in three COVID-19 survivors in a study of more than 230,000 mostly U.S. patients was diagnosed with a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months, suggesting the pandemic could lead to a wave of mental and neurological problems, scientists said Tuesday (April 6th). )).

The researchers who conducted the analysis said it was not clear how the virus was linked to psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression, but that these were the most common diagnoses among the 14 disorders they observed.

The researchers said that cases of stroke, dementia and other neurological disorders after COVID were less frequent but still significant.