Sudden spike of COVID cases in China, first human case of H10N3 bird fluPosted by Catherine Reed / June 2, 2021
There has been a sudden spike in COVID cases in southern China, leading to a spate of canceled flights. The country also just reported the first human case of H10N3 bird flu, but the disease is not very dangerous so while there’s nothing to fear from this virus, it is a reminder of the danger of animal-to-human diseases.
One of the highly infectious COVID variants from India has been found in Vietnam, spreading alarm of a new surge. India has recorded its lowest COVID spike in weeks, while cases around South Asia reach 30 million. As India’s COIVD surge begins to abate, its true horror is coming into clearer focus. Struggling under a collapsing health care system, many Indians turned to social media to find help. Others aggregated information about available hospital beds and open clinics.
Earlier this week, India’s COVID deaths officially passed 300,000, although the official count is highly questionable.25 More than 7,000 Indians have been diagnosed with black fungus disease, which has a 50% mortality rate. The disease often follows extended use of antibiotics or steroids, which weaken the immune system.
Hundreds of corpses have been found floating in in the river or buried in the sand on the banks. Fifty doctors have been reported dead in India in a single day. India, already buckling under the weight of a COVID surge, is about to face a new challenge: it is spreading to Indian villages, threatening to overwhelm their already weak healthcare systems. Last week, hundreds of bodies were found along the banks of the Ganges River, often buried in shallow graves. The bodies pose a potential health risk, and they also suggest that the dead are not being accurately counted.