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Coronavirus testing alert issued for Kingsford and Ramsgate after positive case visited 'several' cafes - 7NEWS.com.au
Anyone who visited cafes in the area is urged to keep an eye out for symptoms and isolate if symptoms occur.
Residents in two Sydney suburbs are being urged to get tested for coronavirus as soon as possible if they have any symptoms of the virus. NSW Health warned a person infected with COVID-19 visited the suburbs of Kingsford and Ramsgate while potentially infectious with the virus. The person visited the suburbs in the first two weeks of October and attended several cafes for short periods of time while ordering takeaway. Anyone who visited the suburbs and cafes in the area is urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested and immediately isolate if symptoms occur. NSW Health alerted the public to a positive case of COVID in the area on 15 October, and can advise today that, while investigations into the source of this infection are ongoing, no specific venues of concern have been identified, NSW Health authorities said. Anyone living in south east Sydney with symptoms is urged to come forward for testing. A person is seen being tested at a coronavirus testing facility in Sydney. Credit: AAP NSW is at a critical point, and the only way to find new cases and prevent further transmission is to increase testing, authorities said. This is particularly important in south eastern, southwestern, and western Sydney as well as in south western Sydney and western Sydney where there have been recent locally transmitted cases. The alert comes after NSW recorded no new cases of community transmission on Monday. However, four cases in hotel quarantine were confirmed.
US COVID-19 infections near hit 2.5 million - 7NEWS.com.au
The US has recorded its largest single-day spike in cases since the pandemic began.
The number of coronavirus cases has by 45,330 in the United States, its largest single-day spike since the pandemic began, taking the number of confirmed infections in the worst-hit country to 2.46 million. According to The Johns Hopkins University tally, 574 deaths were recorded during the last 24 hours from Thursday evening, taking the overall toll to nearly 125,000. The new record for daily positive cases piled up amid a fresh outbreak of the pandemic in the states like Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona, which account for nearly half of the new infections across the country. New York, however, remains the worst-hit state in the US with 391,220 confirmed cases and 31,342 deaths, a figure just below Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Italy. In New York City alone, 22,421 people have died of the virus. New York is followed by neighbouring New Jersey with 14,914 deaths, Massachusetts with 8,012, and Illinois with 6,847 fatalities. Other states with a large number of deaths include Pennsylvania (6,579), Michigan (6,134), California (5,816), and Connecticut (4,307). In terms of infections, California is the second worst-affected state with 202,072 confirmed cases. The overall death toll of 124,978 has already exceeded the lowest level of the initial projection by the White House, which had estimated that there will be between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic in the US. In the video below, Healthcare workers in Melbourne blitzing city hotspots Hundreds of health care workers in Melbourne are this morning blitzing the city's coronavirus hotspots - aiming to test 10-thousand people a day - for the next 10 days. President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would rather be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although he later revised the estimates to 110,000 deaths. The Institute of Health Metrics and Assessments (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose prediction models are used by the White House, has estimated that there will be 180,000 fatalities in the US by October. Meanwhile, Mexico on Friday reported 5,441 new cases, 719 more fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 208,392 cases and 25,779 deaths. However, the government has said the actual number of infections could be more than the known cases.
US coronavirus study leads to estimate 20 million Americans already infected - 7NEWS.com.au
The number is roughly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed, leading experts to issue a warning.
U.S. officials estimate that 20 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since it first arrived in the United States, meaning that the vast majority of the population remains susceptible. Thursdays estimate is roughly 10 times as many infections as the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed. Officials have long known that millions of people were infected without knowing it and that many cases are being missed because of gaps in testing. The news comes as the Trump administration works to tamp down nationwide concern about the COVID-19 pandemic as about a dozen states are seeing worrisome increases in cases. In the video below: We wont shut the economy down One of President Donald Trump's top economic advisers, said that even though the number of new coronavirus cases is approaching its all-time high, there are no plans to shut down the economy again. The administration also looks to get its scientific experts back before the public more as it tries to allay anxieties about the pandemic while states begin reopening. U.S. officials estimate that 20 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus. File photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images Since mid-May, when the government began stressing the need to get the economy moving again, the panels public health experts have been far less visible than in the pandemics early weeks. Twenty million infections means that about 6% of the nations 331 million people have been infected. Its clear that many individuals in this nation are still susceptible, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on a call with reporters Thursday. Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there actually are 10 more infections. Despite the sobering figures, experts say there are still an 'enormous' number of people still vulnerable. File photo. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag Previously, CDC officials and the nations top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, have said that as many as 25% of infected people might not have symptoms. Theres an enormous number of people that are still vulnerable, said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, vice dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It still remains a potentially lethal disease. Its a roll of the dice for everybody who gets the illness. Also, youre rolling the dice for other people who you may give the virus to. Chevron Right Icon This is still serious The new estimate is based on CDC studies of blood samples collected nationwide some by the CDC and others from blood donations and other sources. Many infections were not caught in early testing, when supplies were limited and federal officials prioritized testing for those with symptoms. Administration officials are pointing to the new data to allay public anxieties, claiming that while there have been significant spikes, they have the outbreaks well in hand. They maintained they were not trying to minimize a public health crisis, but said the nation is in a markedly different place with the virus now than when the U.S. last saw similar infection numbers in mid-April, when testing infrastructure was weaker. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity late Wednesday to discuss the matter candidly. This is still serious, Redfield said on the call with reporters Thursday. But Im asking people to recognize that were in a different situation today than we were in March or April, with more cases today in younger people who are not as likely to develop serious illness or die from infection, he said.