The look on the Secursat world
September 2020 COVID-19 scenarios and statistics
By now there are many sources that deal with COVID-19 data and statistics also shared by the main national newspapers, Secursat, taking advantage of the international partner through which it offers travel security services for its customers, shares data from different countries around the world and security, to try to imagine, through a global vision, answers and tools for resisting the crisis.
Secursat shares a global and cross-country vision and tries to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on the subject.
How are other countries behaving in the face of the increase in infections? Is lockdown still the only solution? Are there any restrictions for those returning from foreign countries?
During the summer, cases continued to increase, exceeding 3.6 billion. To curb the increase in cases, Hungary has closed its borders to foreigners since 1 September and 14 days of quarantine for those returning to the country. On Friday 21 August, France recorded the highest number of new infections since May and Paris and the three departments of Seine-Saint-Denis, Hauts-de-Seine and Val-de-Marne impose mandatory masks even outdoors and in clubs public. The exception is Cyprus which is experiencing a steady decline in cases with a total of 1,400 in the country.
The UK continues to be one of the countries that imposes the most restrictions in terms of travel between countries. Due to a substantial increase in weekly infections, the Czech Republic and Switzerland are among the last European countries to be removed from the UK's travel corridor list. In the past week, Portugal has also seen a substantial increase in infections, making it a possible competitor for losing its exemption from the UK's quarantine requirement.
USA and Africa
The United States exceeds 6,300,000 cases of infections and remains the country with the highest number of deaths followed by Brazil and Mexico. In Canada there are 135,000 cases, almost half of which are registered in the province of Quebec, where the authorities focus on the restriction regime, imposing quarantine for 14 days on anyone who arrives in the country. According to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), on Monday, September 1, the total number of infections in Africa exceeded 1.2 million. Southern Africa recorded the highest number of infections, followed by North Africa, West Africa and East Africa. In terms of nations, South Africa has been worst hit with over 627,000, versus Morocco's 65,000 cases, where authorities are warning of a new blockade if cases continue to rise. In Algeria, on the other hand, authorities confirmed their expectation of easing COVID-19 measures this month.
Asia e Middle East
India continues to be one of the countries most affected by the pandemic with more than 4,500,000 infected, registering on 9 September 2020 the highest number of daily infections recorded so far: 95,735. In the Middle East most countries loosening their restrictions. The UAE reaches 70,000 with a peak of new cases recorded on September 2, which led to the possibility of a curfew being inserted along with new restrictions. In Israel, the total number of cases rises to 145,526 and the government has announced a new lockdown starting on September 18 and will last until October 11. More worrying is Gaza with some 300 new cases in less than a week leading to a state of emergency. The Palestinian militant group Hamas agreed earlier this week to accept a ceasefire agreement with Israel in exchange for an infusion of money, medical supplies and equipment from Qatar. The financial grant in Gaza will reportedly be distributed to families affected by the virus.
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Is the transmission of the virus manageable?
Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, the World Health Organization's regional director for Europe, warned that next season also poses a challenge due to the reopening of schools and the start of the winter flu season. Despite this, he said societies are better prepared than when the pandemic started: “We are now much more sophisticated in our understanding of what works. In this sense it is possible to manage the transmission of the virus in society, and to have a functioning economy, and very important, to have an open education system ”.
Is the virus the same all over the world?
The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, a Jakarta laboratory, recently announced that a mutation of the virus was found in the collected samples. Scientists at the institute believe the strain is more contagious, but more research is needed to determine if this strain is responsible for the increase in cases.
Is there a vaccine?
In relazione a questo, più di 150 vaccini vengono testati e sviluppati in tutto il mondo. According to several reports, Canada has secured deals with Novavax and Johnson & Johnson, two companies working on a possible vaccine for COVID-19. A few weeks ago, Canada signed two more procurement agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure a potential vaccine. In connection with this, more than 150 vaccines are being tested and developed around the world.
Can anyone who has already been hit be hit again?
On Saturday 26 August, the Institute of Microbiology of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, where over 155,000 cases are registered, reported the first case of reinfection. According to the institute, the patient was infected first in May and then again in August. Other countries around the world, including Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and Belgium, have also reported reinfections.
Being sure of what will happen and how to react is not easy, however, it is possible to analyze the scenarios and think of a new way of experiencing the company and mobility through technologies and solutions capable of monitoring, even at an international level, the movements and guarantee constant and continuous information to face the new challenges that COVID-19 but not only will force us to face. According to the Secursat vision, in fact, through constant monitoring of international dynamics, a solid network of partners abroad, the constant updating of global news and through the use of monitoring applications for employees who will return to travel, it is possible to think of a future with international mobility.
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