The coronavirus pandemic has taken the world on a rollercoaster of trials, tears, and tribulations.
While the infection rate in some countries has drastically weakened, there’s the ever-looming fear of a second resurgence of the virus in places that have only just begun to recover.
A perfect example is the Chinese capital of Beijing, which in recent months managed to gain relative control over the virus.
But things are different now, especially after a mass testing effort that involved more than two million samples.
The result of the tests? 22 new confirmed cases.
Among the new cluster of infections is a nurse, apparently the first health worker to test positive for the virus since it returned in a second wave a week ago.
According to state news agency Xinhua, authorities had set up more than 2,000 testing sites across the capital and collected 2.3 million samples.
The latest resurgence supposedly originated from the Xinfadi wholesale market. This new discovery led to rising fears about the safety of Beijing’s food supply, prompting the market, which supplies 70 percent of Beijing’s fresh produce, to close.
Officials managed to detect the virus on chopping boards that were used to handle salmon. On June 26, city officials advised residents to throw away all frozen seafood and bean products that they bought at the market.
“People who have not been exposed to the Xinfadi market between May 30 and June 12 are at a very low risk of being infected and do not have to make an appointment for nucleic acid testing,” said Liu Xiaofeng, Deputy Director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control.
But China isn’t the only country in the world experiencing a resurgence of the deadly coronavirus.
It comes as no surprise that the U.S. hasn’t fared very well in the fight against the coronavirus. With southern and western states seeing an increasing amount of coronavirus-related hospitalizations, the U.S. now has more than 2.38 million confirmed cases. Deaths have reached 121,979, according to Johns Hopkins.
In Germany, the coronavirus is making a deadly comeback. Ironic, considering the fact that the country was seen as the poster child of coronavirus mitigation in Europe. To be fair, the country has managed to keep coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths low.
But a recent outbreak (the biggest one so far) in a meat processing facility in Gütersloh has resulted with over 1,500 workers (out of 7,000) infected with the disease. There are currently 192,871 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, with the current death toll sitting at 8,933.
Over in Latin America, Brazil has racked up the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with over 1.18 million confirmed cases and almost 54,000 deaths.
With the increasingly shady politicking going on in the country, like President Jair Bolsonaro being accused of downplaying the severity of the coronavirus in the country, things aren’t looking so bright.
Meanwhile, India saw its highest spike in daily new coronavirus cases over the weekend (June 27), peaking at 20,131, according to Worldometer.
So far, the coronavirus has infected roughly 549,197 people in the country, resulting with 16,487 deaths.
It’s important to remember that while things may seem like they’re getting better, we still don’t have a vaccine.
And without a vaccine, none of us are truly safe from the virus. Always observe social distance, always wash your hands thoroughly, and stop touching your face.
Cover image sourced from Reuters (via ABS-CBN).