- FDA warns against antigen testing
- Netherlands widens and extends lockdown
- New Jersey sees 7-day average infection rate double in one month
- Italy is considering more restrictions
- Greece extends lockdown
- Global cases exceed 47 million
- Global 7-Day Average Reaches Highest Yet
- Argentina to import new vaccine
- Bulgaria reports record deaths
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Update (1515ET): Just as more and more people (including Ryanair’s CEO in an interview on CNBC yesterday) argue that lockdowns should be replaced with mass testing regimes based on the new, fast-rotating antigen tests, the FDA has issued a new alert to clinical labs implying that these faster tests are unreliable warning that false positives “may occur.”
On Twitter, commentators pointed out that the feature was already well known and that mass testing would compensate. The announcement was prompted by reports of false tests at nursing homes, according to Reuters. The warning comes after the administration signed deals with companies to provide these new tests – which are growing in popularity as more countries seek to thwart rapidly growing epidemics with faster testing times.
As Reuters explains, antigen tests detect proteins on the surface of the virus. They require an uncomfortable nasal or throat swab and can produce results faster than molecular tests – which detect genetic material in the virus – but are considered less accurate.
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Update (1434ET): It’s mid-afternoon in the United States, and with the world holding their breaths awaiting the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, the headlines have been unsurprising on the COVID-19 news.
The biggest news from the United States and Europe on Tuesday begins in the United States, where NJ, the state with the highest spread rate, has seen hospitalizations soar, with 1,133 as of Nov. 2. This number has more than doubled in the space of a month. Daily cases also doubled, to 1,832 on Tuesday, from 957 on October 2.
New York, meanwhile, saw its 7-day average continue to rise, reaching 605 on November 1.
“We are monitoring this very carefully,” de Blasio said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “Again, this is due to a lot more testing, but it remains a concern.”
Greece has registered 2,166 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, a new record, as the government places Thessaloniki, the country’s second city, under lockdown.
In Italy, health authorities recorded an additional 28,244 new cases, the biggest jump to date, with 353 new deaths.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced plans to extend the country’s partial lockdown until mid-December and impose additional restrictions as the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations continues to rise.
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While more than 100 million people have already voted in Tuesday’s U.S. election, cases and hospitalizations have soared in several swing states, including Wisconsin and Iowa, among others, in recent weeks, while deaths have risen slightly. increased, but not enough to validate Dr Anthony Fauci’s increasingly disturbing warnings.
The most notable trend over the past two weeks in the west has been the acceleration of the coronavirus across Europe, leading to a wave of new lockdowns and restrictions, as positivity rates and death rates among largest European countries have overtaken the United States.
Now that JHU’s final figures are in, it appears the world saw 439,621 new cases on Monday, including around 84,000 from the United States.
Even though the global count did not exceed 500,000 again on Monday, thanks to the United States and Europe, the seven-day moving average of global coronavirus cases topped 500,000 cases for the first time, as did the total number of cases reached 46.8 million. Europe and the United States have seen an upsurge in cases in recent weeks, with the South and Midwestern US battlefield states particularly affected.
Across the United States, most states are seeing the number of cases increase, although there are a few notable exceptions, including California, which has seen its 7-day average drop 2% WoW, while the number of cases is climbing in the Northeast and the Midwest.
Here is some COVID-19 news from the night and Tuesday morning:
Spain and France reported new records on Monday, with the former reporting 55,000 new cases and the latter 52k (Source: JHU).
South Korea’s core consumer price index for October fell 0.3% year-on-year, marking the largest drop since September 1999 as the pandemic dampened domestic demand and a temporary government subsidy on mobile phone bills weighing on prices (Source package: Nikkei).
Argentina to import 10 million doses of the experimental Russian COVID-19 vaccine between December and January, as infections continue to rise in the South American country (Source package: Nikkei).
A gauge of the rate of increase in coronavirus infections in Germany has fallen in recent days, although it is too early to conclude that there has been a turning point, according to the RKI public health institute.
The curve seems to be flattening somewhat at the moment, but this needs to be treated with a lot of caution as a few days cannot provide concrete evidence of a trend change, ”said RKI Vice President Lars Schaade , during a press conference in Berlin. The institute’s virus reproduction factor, which climbed to 1.45 last week, was 1.07 on Monday. A reading above 1 represents exponential growth (Source: Newswires).
Bulgaria has also reported a record number of deaths linked to Covid-19. New cases in the Balkan country doubled last week. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, himself recovering from the virus at home, said the government was not planning a lockdown (Source: Bloomberg).
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