Heated Topics of the Week- Covid-19, Earthquake in Greece and Turkey

Glance at Covid-19:

As of Nov 8, the total cases of Covid-19 worldwide approaches 49.9 million and total death toll is 1.25 million, hitting frightening new records all over the world. This week, the US has four days that new infections totaled over 100,000, with Saturday being the highest new record of 126,742. The UK began mass testing in the city of Liverpool on Nov 6 and plans to finish testing the city popualtion of 500,000 in 10 days. In Europe, France announced its new daily cases on Friday of more than 60,000 and Austria entered into its second national lockdown after reporting new daily cases of 8,241 on Saturday. Greece, Latvia and German are some of the other countries that entered into lockdown once again in this second wave of Covid-19.

Although the death rate does not seem as intimidating as the transmission speed, the virus may affect your life long after recovered. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States government’s top infectious disease expert, between 25%-25% Covid-19 patients experience lingering symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sleep disturbances and “brain fog.” Fauci noted that the death rate has a decreasing trend can be attributed to better medical treatments with past experience, and also the fact that more young people has been infected as schools reopen.

People wait in line at a Covid-19 testing center in Liverpool, England, on November 6, 2020. Xinhua/Jon Super/Getty Images

Earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A powerful earthquake of 7.0 magnitude centered off Turkey’s Izmir province the Greek island of Samos on Oct 30. Total casualties tolled to at least 105 people died and over 1,027 injured in Turkey, while two teenagers died in Greek island of Samos when earthquake caused a wall to collapse. A two year old toddler has been rescued from a collapsed building nearly 91 hours after the devastating earthquake. The shallow tremor of earthquake triggered tidal waves and rising in sea level, in which the flooding in Izmir killed one person.

Source: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The government distributed food among survivors and set up tents for those that have their homes destroyed. Turkish president Erdogan stated that his government would set aside 24 million Turkish lira, about $2.8 million, to help survivors pay for lodging, furniture and other goods. In the Izmir city’s Bayrakli district alone, the district’s mayor Serdar Sandal estimated that tens of thousands of people would ultimately be displaced once all the damaged buildings were accounted for. 

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-51235105

https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-11-08-20-intl/index.html

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/03/europe/turkey-izmir-girl-rescue-intl/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54749509

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/strong-earthquake-hits-turkey-greece-n1245457

Written by Jinxin

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