Coronavirus: Latest Global Developments
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jun, 2021 ) :Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis: - Heart warning - US health authorities are to update guidance for using mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer and Moderna jabs after finding a likely link to rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults.
- Brazil's new grim record - Brazil set a new record for infections with 115,228 new cases within 24 hours, confirming the arrival of a third wave in the country. It already has the second worst death toll in the world, with 2,392 people dying there on Wednesday alone.
- Russia's Delta spike - Reaching highs last hit in January, Russia reports more than 20,000 new infections and 568 deaths as the country battles a surging outbreak of the Delta variant worsened by a sluggish jab drive.
- Drug use - The pandemic is pushing more people into drug use, while illicit cultivation could also get a boost, the UN says, warning the fallout is likely to be felt "for years to come".
- Very long Covid - A British man has tested positive for Covid for 10 months in a row in what is thought to be the longest recorded case of continuous infection. Dave Smith, 72, says he made plans for his funeral after being hospitalised seven times.
The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies.
The WHO says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.