The verified number of cases of individuals infected with COVID-19 has passed 517.3 million globally and a report by Our in Data states that more than 11.65 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally. According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed deaths has now passed 6.25 million.
Here is the breakdown of things regarding covid19 in different countries in May.
In South Africa, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention has urged those buying COVID-19 vaccines to place orders with South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare.
South African researchers found out that being infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 can significantly improve the immune system’s ability to protect against other variants. This can happen only in people who have been vaccinated.
In the US, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that travellers continue to wear masks on airplanes, trains and airports. The US government has urged governments to abandon COVID-19 pre-departure testing regulations for vaccinated international passengers travelling to the US.
The Colombian government announced that it has started offering a second COVID-19 vaccine booster shot to those who are 50 years and above.
The Republic of China is setting up thousands of permanent PCR testing stations, with 9,000 finalized in Shanghai alone already.
The World Health Organization figures suggest that the full death toll related directly or indirectly to the “excess mortality” of the COVID-19 pandemic between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million.
These data would not only point to the impact the pandemic has on all of us but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems which can sustain essential health services and service providers during crises, including stronger health information systems.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization Director-General noted that “WHO is committed to working with all countries to strengthen their health information systems to generate better data for better decisions and better outcomes.”
Invariably, excess mortality is calculated as the difference between the number of deaths that have taken place and the number that would be expected in the absence of the pandemic as a result of data from earlier years.
In North Korea, the State news agency KCNA said North Korea was carrying out “rapid state emergency procedures” that would enable the regulation of the epidemic. “All provinces, cities and counties of the country have been on total lockdown and working units, output units and residential units closed from each other since the morning of 12 May and rigorous and intensive assessment of all the people is being conducted,”
Leader Kim Jong Un said the spread of COVID-19 has thrust his country in “great turmoil” as there are concerns that the outbreak could devastate the country, which has no COVID-19 vaccine programme.
According to a report from Reuters tally, the United States has now documented more than one million COVID-19 deaths. It has also exemplified about one death for every three hundred and twenty-seven citizens or more than the entire citizens of San Francisco and Seattle.
On 12 May, President Joe Biden of the United States marked what he called a “tragic milestone” and urged Americans to “stay vigilant” during the ongoing pandemic.
Biden acknowledged in a statement the impact of the deaths on families left behind and urged the country not to “grow numb to such sorrow”.
In conclusion, it is very important that you get vaccinated if you haven’t and get tested should you begin to display any symptoms of Covid-19 and quarantine should test results come out positive.