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The second wave of the coronavirus in Britain this winter could claim 120,000 lives in hospitals alone, researchers warn.

The second wave of the coronavirus in Britain could claim 120,000 people in hospitals alone this coming winter, researchers warn. According to news agency AFP, the assessment by the country’s medical academy recommends that the authorities take immediate action to curb the infections.

The forecast is based on an estimate of R-number, which describes how many people will be infected by one. The R-number will rise to 1.7 in September. The figure is now around 0.7-0.9. Researchers say the infection could start spreading again as people start spending more time indoors.

The number of deaths does not include those who die in nursing homes and elsewhere.

Nearly 45,000 people have died in Britain during the first wave. There are 660 corona-related deaths per million inhabitants. The corresponding figure in Finland is 59.

The British government is expected to make face masks mandatory in all shops in England on Tuesday, the Guardian says. The order will take effect 24 July, and a fine of £ 100 (€ 110) could be imposed for breaching it.

In Scotland, the mask obligation came into force as early as last Friday.

The impact of the corona worse than the financial crisis

In the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people lost their health insurance due to a coronavirus pandemic, writes the New York Times. The magazine bases the information on a recent report by Families USA, which looked at the situation from February to May.

People lost their health insurance while remaining unemployed. In the United States, health insurance is often linked to the workplace. The country’s health care fees are among the highest in the world.

According to the organization, the number of people who lost their insurance in the first few months of the year was higher than during the financial crisis of 2008-2009, when 3.9 million people lost their coverage during the one-year follow-up period.

Non-profit and non-partisan Families the USA speaks in favor of cheaper healthcare, among other things.

The opening up of California took a backseat.

Coronavirus infections have increased in the United States, particularly in the southern and western parts of the country.

California State Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday that all bars, indoor restaurants and movie theaters, for example, should close their doors again, writes the San Francisco Chronicle, among others.

The governor also told the New York Times that some schools offer only distance learning in the fall. There are approximately 825,000 children and youth in the Los Angeles and San Diego school districts.

This is the largest area in the country in terms of student numbers, with no plans to return to the school bench in the fall.

About 8,000 new coronavirus infections have recently been diagnosed daily in California.

More than 13 million affected.

More than 13 million coronavirus infections have now been diagnosed worldwide, according to a follow-up from Johns Hopkins University in the United States. More than 570,000 virus-related deaths have been confirmed.

In reality, there are likely to be more infections than reported, as access to testing, for example, varies from country to country, and asymptomatic and asymptomatic infections may go undiagnosed.

The highest number of viral infections and deaths has been reported in the United States, where more than 3.3 million people have been infected. There are more than 135,000 virus-related deaths in the country.

The second-highest number of infections and deaths has been confirmed in Brazil, where more than 1.8 million people have been infected. There are more than 72,000 virus-related deaths in the country.

The third-highest number of infections has been reported in India. More than 870,000 Indians have been infected. The third-highest number of deaths has been reported in Britain, with more than 44,000 deaths.

Proportional to the population in the United States, nearly 420 virus-related deaths have been reported per million inhabitants, according to statistics website Worldometer. Worldometer data differ somewhat from Johns Hopkins data, and inconsistencies have been observed from time to time. The corresponding figure is 660 in Britain, almost 550 in Sweden, over 340 in Brazil and 59 in Finland.

Source: STT-AFP

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