By: Lana Abdulrahman, Sports Editor, The Pawprint
On November 8th it was reported that the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has passed 50 million and more than a fifth of them are in the United States. With more than 1.25 million people that have died because of the coronavirus, including over 239,000 in the United States alone.
The United States leads the world in cases since they crossed the 10 million mark on Sunday, followed by India with more than 8.5 million cases and Brazil with over 5.6 million.
Cases in Europe were also surging, and have triggered lockdown restrictions in several countries, Berlin, the capital of Germany has been under lockdown and London is going to go into quarantine within the next several days.
Cases were rising in 27 states in the United States, levels are being reached primarily during summer and spring. More than half of the states have had a higher increase in deaths due to the virus. In the Midwest, Southwest, and Great Plains states there has been a 57% increase in cases over the past two weeks.
On November 5th, in Denmark, a new virus from Danish Minks was spotted calling it the SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, was first identified in humans in December 2019.
As of 6 November, it has affected more than 48 million people causing over 1.2 million deaths worldwide. Although the virus is believed to be ancestrally linked to bats, the virus origin and intermediate hosts of SARS-CoV-2 have not yet been identified.
To this date, six countries, namely Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Italy, and the United States of America have reported SARS-CoV-2 in farmed minks to the World Organisation for Animal Health.