Global toll rises to 14,22,951

Pandemic or not, people must stay active: WHO

Agence France-Presse . Paris | Published: 00:08, Nov 27,2020

 
 

The novel coronavirus has killed at least 14,22,951 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Thursday.

At least 6,04,27,590 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 3,85,32,900 are now considered recovered.

On Wednesday, 12,351 new deaths and 6,35,138 new cases were recorded worldwide. Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 2,439 new deaths, followed by Mexico with 858 and Italy with 722.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 2,62,283 deaths from 1,27,78,254 cases. At least 48,35,956 people have been declared recovered.

After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 1,70,769 deaths from 61,66,606 cases, India with 1,35,223 deaths from 92,66,705 cases, Mexico with 1,03,597 deaths from 10,70,487 cases, and the United Kingdom with 56,533 deaths from 15,57,007 cases.

Latin America and the Caribbean overall has 4,40,211 deaths from 1,26,73,887 cases, Europe 3,90,074 deaths from 1,71,66,670 infections, and the United States and Canada 2,73,972 deaths from 1,31,23,532 cases.

Asia has reported 1,90,919 deaths from 1,21,10,417 cases, the Middle East 76,191 deaths from 32,14,016 cases, Africa 50,643 deaths from 21,08,855 cases, and Oceania 941 deaths from 30,221 cases.

The coronavirus pandemic is no excuse for not getting enough exercise, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, warning that even before the crisis many were getting too little physical activity.

In an update of its physical activity guidelines, the UN health agency stressed that exercise was vital to physical and mental health, while sedentary behaviour can have serious repercussions.

‘WHO urges everyone to continue to stay active through the COVID-19 pandemic,’ the agency’s head of health promotion Ruediger Krech told reporters.

‘If we do not remain active, we run the risk of creating another pandemic of ill-health as a result of sedentary behaviour.’

There are still no clear statistics on what impact the pandemic has had on physical activity, but lockdowns, movement restrictions, gym closures and other measures have clearly forced many people to stay home and have disrupted regular activities and exercise routines.

This is worrying considering that even before the crisis, data shows the vast majority of young people and many adults were not active enough, with dire repercussions for global health.

The WHO estimates that pushing more people to get off the sofa or office chair to move about more could avert up to five million deaths each year.

‘Being physically active is critical for health and well-being — it can help to add years to life, and life to years,’ WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

Thousands of volunteers are flocking to research hospitals across Pakistan to join final-stage clinical trials of a Chinese-made vaccine for the coronavirus.

It is the first time Pakistan has participated in such a trial, which comes amid a string of positive vaccine announcements by Western pharmaceutical companies this month.

The vaccine is being developed by CanSinoBio and the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology China.

‘I have volunteered myself for a noble cause that will help humanity,’ said a volunteer at Islamabad’s Shifa hospital, where hundreds of participants are being paid about $50 for their trouble.

Others should ‘step forward and take part in this noble cause which will save lives,’ he added.

 

Russia reports record numbers for daily infections and deaths for the second time in less than a week with 25,487 new infections and 524 deaths.

South Korea has its highest daily number of cases since March with a surge of new infections sparking fears of a major third wave.

Sudan’s former prime minister and top opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi, 84, dies from the virus.

With France and Germany shutting slopes and Austria keeping theirs open, fear that snow-starved Europeans will cross borders to mix on the mountains has Germany asking its EU partners to close ski resorts until January.

Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip, 41, and his 35-year-old wife Princess Sofia are self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus, the royal palace says.

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