Coronavirus (COVID-19): Your Daily Update

Updated as of July 13 at 9am

There is currently an explosion of information, comments and opinions on COVID-19 on the internet and social media. We believe that on serious topics in general, and on public health matters in particular, it is essential that you rely on facts and seek credible, expert information. Our mission at AD MediLink remains to bring you the best possible information and advice, so you can make the best choices for you and your family. 

 


 

COVID-19 has killed over 566,000 people (vs. about 562,000 yesterday) and infected 12.8 million (vs. 12.5 million yesterday) in over 188 countries. Our team keeps you posted daily, with all the key facts you need.

 

Latest Updates in Hong Kong

Hong Kong had 38 new local confirmed cases on Sunday. Between July 5 and 11, there were 173 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 107 were local, according to Centre for Health Protection data.

Total number of cases: 1,470 (1,432 yesterday).

Number of people who are hospitalised: 205 (203 yesterday).

Number of deaths: 7.

 

Latest COVID-19 update (as of July 13)

Total number of cases (worldwide): 12,813,864.

Number of deaths: 566,790. 

Number of people who have recovered: 7,046,535.

Top 20 countries with the most cases (source Johns Hopkins):

1. United States: 3,286,385.

2. Brazil: 1,839,827.

3. India: 849,802.

4. Russia: 726,863.

5. Peru: 322,646.  

6. Chile: 315,264.

7. Mexico: 296,174.

8. United Kingdom: 291,678.

9. South Africa: 276,687.

10. Iran: 257,720. 

11. Spain: 253,908. 

12. Pakistan: 248,599.

13. Italy: 243,639.

14. Saudi Arabia: 232,486. 

15. Turkey: 212,965.

16. France: 208,015.

17. Germany: 199,332.

18. Bangladesh: 183,443.

19. Colombia: 145,973.

20. Canada: 109,959.

 

Latest global news about COVID-19

– Florida recorded 15,300 new cases on Sunday as the state continues to reopen.

– Hong Kong is facing a third wave of COVID-19 cases. Local experts describe this 3rd wave as the most severe and have called for strong measures and extensive testing to curb the spread.

– The number of cases in the US went up from 2 million to 3 million in less than 1 month.

– Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19.

– Australia closed inter-state border between Victoria and NSW as a result of the rise in Melbourne’s new cases where it faces a six-week new lockdown.

– The EU opens its borders to 15 countries deemed ‘safe’.

– The United Kingdom has reopened museums and cinemas from July 4.

– Australia and New Zealand have banned non-residents from entry, in an unprecedented move.

– Canada has barred entry to travellers who are not citizens, permanent residents or US citizens. Only exceptions are diplomats, crew and immediate family members of citizens.

 

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Latest measures taken in Hong Kong

New restrictions kicked-in as of Saturday July 11 for 14 days (until July 24): party rooms, karaoke, fitness centres will have the maximum number of people reduced from 16 to 8; restaurants’ seating capacity will be reduced to 60%, with each table having no more than 8 customers.

– Hospitals have set up infection control and special visiting arrangement in non-acute hospitals.

– Bars, beauty parlours, museums and many other social places have reopened.

– The airport is shut to foreigners indefinitely.

– Closing of border points with China: Carrie Lam had announced on February 3 that only two land boundary control points will handle passengers: Shenzhen Bay and HK-Zuhai-Macao Bridge. The Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Macao Ferry Terminal control points have remained closed. Kai Tak Cruise Terminal operates as normal. This means that out of 14 boundary control points between HK and mainland China, 10 are closed and only 4 remain open.

 

Reminder: what is COVID-19?

A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. This large family of viruses causes several well-known mild to moderate respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Coronaviruses spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching an infected person.

While most coronaviruses are not dangerous and most people actually get a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child, with mild symptoms. In some rarer instances, people have been infected by a more serious type of coronavirus, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Indeed, SARS was transmitted from civet cats to humans, and MERS from dromedary camels to humans, as reminded by World Health Organization (WHO).

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has NOT been previously identified in humans. The new coronavirus was first named “2019-nCoV”. On February 11, WHO renamed it COVID-19.

 

Where does COVID-19 come from?

On 31 December 2019, China alerted the WHO of several cases of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan. Wuhan has 11 million people and is located in the central Hubei Province, which itself has 60 million people. Several of those infected by the virus worked at or visited a a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic origin to the outbreak. Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Market was shut on January 1.

On January 5, Chinese officials and experts ruled out the possibility that this was a recurrence of the SARS. Tests showed that cases were due to a new coronavirus, which was named “2019-nCoV.” (it has since been renamed COVID-19 by WHO).

On January 11, China announced its first death: a 61-year-old man who had visited the seafood market. He was admitted to hospital and died on the evening of January 9 when his heart failed.

Since then, the COVID-19 has spread around the world.

 

If you are looking for a doctor or hospital in Hong Kong, note that new guidelines are in place. Learn all about it here.

 

What are the symptoms?

For confirmed COVID-19 infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with mild symptoms to to people being severely ill and dying. As reported by CDC, symptoms can include:

– Fever

– Cough

– Difficulty breathing

– Pneumonia as shown on chest X-ray

People of older age and/or with existing health issues are deemed at higher risk of developing severe symptoms from the new coronavirus.

 

Read our Exclusive Interview with SARS Veteran, Dr. Sarah Borwein.

 

Recommendations to follow to stay safe

The Center for Health Protection in Hong Kong as well as the WHO and the CDC in the US have published advice for the general public. These are generally consistent with health recommendations to contain common viruses, such as influenza.

Recommendations include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.

– Frequently clean your hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

– Wash hands with liquid soap, water and rub for at least 20 seconds. Dry with a disposable paper towel.

– If water and soap is not available, use 70 to 80% alcohol-based hand-rub.

– Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

– When coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue immediately and wash hands.

– Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.

– If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

 

When to seek medical help?

You must wear a surgical mask and seek medical advice immediately if you:

– have any respiratory symptoms,

– have fever and especially

– if you have been travelling.

 

Even if you are unsure about whether you are sick and what it may be, you must see a doctor. In the current context and while we should avoid unnecessary anxiety, it’s best to be safe!

 

 

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