More than 25 countries have posted over 1,000 new daily cases. These include some of the poorest nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Ecuador. The poorest and most vulnerable people are at risk.
Lack of political representation and economic access make indigenous people, numbering 500 million on the planet, among the most vulnerable populations. Specifically, the World Health Organization has raised concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous people of the Americas, such as in the Peruvian Amazon. In the Americas, 70,000 indigenous people have been infected and more than 2,000 have died.
However, one of the wealthiest nations on the planet, with the highest number of ultra-high net worth individuals, those with more than $50 million, continues to lead every other country in cases of COVID-19. Yesterday, the United States registered another million-case milestone, with the total number of infections passing four million. There were another 67,140 cases of COVID-19 and 1,122 new fatalities in one day, the highest number of deaths since June 9.
The rise in fatality figures comes on the heels of rising infections over the past month, as states such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and California moved quickly to reopen. California, with 10,278 new cases Tuesday, registered 120 fatalities. With 410,176 total COVID-19 cases, it is poised to pass New York state by week’s end. Hispanic communities, with many workers deemed essential and frequently living in impoverished multigenerational households, have been hit the hardest.
Texas has seen 357,127 cases of COVID-19, half of these just during July. Yesterday, the state reported 118 new fatalities, pushing the total to 4,299. Statewide, on Tuesday hospitalizations rose to the highest level since the pandemic, with 10,848 patients admitted to overcrowded hospitals. According to the Houston Chronicle, this marked 12 straight days with more than 10,000 hospitalized patients.
The Texas-Mexico border area has been ravaged. Hispanics make up 90 percent of the population and suffer from significant chronic morbidities. Hidalgo County, with a population of 870,000, has reached a death rate of 33 per 100,000. Public health officials believe the reported number of deaths is lagging and expect that the worst has yet to come. Funeral homes and crematories are running out of space.
Arizona logged 3,500 new cases and 134 deaths, with bed occupancy and ventilator use staying steady, which the health department attributes to increased use of face masks.
Iraqi health workers are warning that patients in need of critical medical care are at risk of death as a result of increased restrictions at checkpoints at the border between Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region and the rest of the country.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, travel between much of Iraq was heavily restricted, particularly between the areas in northern Iraq controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
This has left Iraqi patients in need of life-saving treatment unable to travel to better-equipped and resourced hospitals in the KRG.