A virus broke the world

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virus broke the world

VIRUS BROKE THE WORLD

This is a developing story. Therefore as a result, this page are updated when new developments arise about the Corona virus (COVID-19).

Daily updates on worldwide COVID 19 infections and deaths at the bottom of the page.

SOUTH AFRICA AND THE VIRUS THAT BROKE THE WORLD

The Government of South Africa reported the first case of the Corona virus on 11 March 2020. Currently (March 2020) South Africa is in late summer, beginning autumn so this might be why (the virus seems to be less effective in warmer weather) .

South Africa took early steps to combat the virus with schools and public places shut down and travel bans. The world and South Africa as we knew it came to an abrupt end.

EVERY HUNDRED PLUS YEARS

It seems like every hundred years a disaster makes a return in one form or another.

Forest fires

Knysna Fires: On 7 June 2017 a fire broke out in the small forest town of Knysna in South Africa. In short 7 people were killed during the fire that lasted from 7 to 12 June 2017. Many (uneducated) people shouted arson and even white genocide (it broke out in the white upper class area). After a year long investigation it was determined that the fire had nothing to do with arson and/or genocide. A couple of factors played a role including strong winds, drought, underground heat etc.

The great fire of 1869– It covered several towns in die Southern Cape including Knysna. Approximately 50 people lost their lives in the fires. Berg winds and drought were major contributing factors. The same area 148 years apart.

Flu virus

Corona (COVID-19) – This disease was first identified in China in late 2019 and has flu like symptoms.

Spanish flu 1918: The influenza pandemic lasted from 1918-2020 and claimed the lives of 17-50 million people worldwide. To clarify while the pandemic were called the Spanish flue, it didn’t originated in Spain.

The same type of respiratory disease 100 years apart.

DON’T BLAME CHINA

It seems like many people are pointing the finger to and blaming China for the Corona virus. Even more so are the name calling and blatant racism with accompanying hate crimes and hate speech directed at the Chinese people around the world.

While the first reported cases were from the Wuhan province in China, this pandemic is world wide with people of every nationality and ethnicity across the globe affected. With people scattered around the world it is impossible to place the blame squarely on one specific country or race. We could all be the carrier of the disease.

SOCIAL LIFE

While the virus broke the world, there are also no doubt that as a result, our social lives have been severely disrupted. For many social distancing means loneliness when living on your own.

We were busy with library week when the virus hit South Africa and before we knew it and within days all activities closed down. Humans are social beings and while we need interaction with others at least we still have the Internet. Maybe this end to social interaction will make us think about the harm we cause to animals and the planet. Animals also needs social interaction.

IRRESPONSIBLE AND IGNORANT PEOPLE

  • This is not a China problem
  • It is not dirty people who gets the virus
  • Keep to the laws and isolation implemented to contain the virus.
  • Don’t say I don’t care about Corona – you or your loved ones might be next
  • Stop spreading fake news including so called experts
  • Step up your basic hygiene and sanitation
  • You might not care if you catch the virus but you can be the one who indirectly kills someone else

THE NEGATIVES

  • The disruption and end to our social, work and personal lives.
  • It has a negative impact on employers and employees
  • The stress and risks caused to health workers
  • Small business owners are struggling to keep head above water.
  • Their are no end date to this disease.

THE POSITIVES

  • We just got a 2nd chance to re-evaluate our lives and our purpose.
  • We are now forced to slow down and put others first.
  • The whole world is affected and we are all in the same boat
  • The air across the world is much cleaner and less polluted
  • Now is the time to knit that jersey or do house renovations during isolation
  • This crisis will eventually pass

MENTAL HEALTH

While the virus broke the world, don’t let it break your spirit. For example, I’m used to be by myself a lot but not everyone are. Some people might develop mental health challenges due to the isolation and social distancing. Take care, switch on the TV, talk to friends and family on the phone, go on the Internet and socialize online. Therefore do not forget to walk the dog around your flat or home, do some exercise, meditate and read some books. Write in your journal, bake some cookies, sort out your cupboards, look in the mirror and say I love you and give yourself a big hug.

CHANGE IS INEVITABLE

I think it is safe to say that life will never be the same again. It is certainly not all a bad thing though. Maybe this crazy world had to come to a standstill for us to take a good hard look at what we are doing to the planet, our families and ourselves. Maybe we should slow down a bit. Firstly and most importantly we could start saving our planet, be less money obsessed, reach out to others and while also taking care of ourselves.

Above all, Every 100 years the Universe are giving us a new chance – let’s not waste it – this might be our last chance to get things right.

I will continue with the daily updates until further notice

Daily updates- World

  • 31 December 2019 – China reports the first case of the still undiagnosed illness in Wuhan
  • 7 January 2020 – The virus are identified.
  • 11 January 2020 – China records their first virus death
  • 13 January 2020 – The first case outside China is recorded
  • 23 January 2020 – Wuhan are put under lock down
  • 11February 2020 – Corona virus are named COVID -19
  • 11 March 2020 – Pandemic declared by W.H.O
  • 18 March 2020 – Some stores and public place re-opens in China
  • 18 March 2020 – China reports their first 0 new cases.
  • 20 March 2020 – Total world infections 266 179
  • 21 March 2020 – World infections: 278 472
  • 22 March 2020 – World infections: 308 615
  • 23 March 2020 – World infections: 351 705
  • 24 March 2020 – World infections: 408 913
  • 25 March 2020: World infections: 433 172
  • 26 March 2020: World infections: 509 427
  • 27 March 2020: World infections: 543 418
  • 28 March 2020: World infections: 629 627
  • 29 March 2020: World infections: 710 290
  • 30 March 2020: World infections: 756 524
  • 31 March 2020: World infections: 814 395
  • 1 April 2020: World infections: 910 352
  • 2 April 2020: World infections: 981 221
  • 3 April 2020: World infections: 1 041 126 Deaths: 55 132
  • 4 April 2020: World infections: 1 159 515 Deaths: 62 376
  • 5 April 2020: World infections: 1 237 420 Deaths: 67 260
  • 6 April 2020: World infections: 1 292 564 Deaths: 70 798
  • 7 April 2020: World infections: 1 381 440 Deaths: 78 354
  • 8 April 2020: World infections: 1 490 457 Deaths: 86 830
  • 9 April 2020: World infections: 1 571 321 Deaths: 92 997
  • 10 April 2020: World infections: 1 639 333 Deaths: 100 180
  • 11 April 2020: World infections: 1 745 285 Deaths: 106 949
  • 12 April 2020: World infections: 1 830 427 Deaths: 112 623
  • 13 April 2020: World infections: 1 899 736 Deaths: 117 761
  • 14 April 2020: World infections: 1 982 361 Deaths: 125 100
  • 15 April 2020: World infections: 2 035 733 Deaths: 130 802
  • 16 April 2020: World infections: 2 128 751 Deaths: 142 651
  • 17 April 2020: World infections: 2 178 149 Deaths: 145 329
  • 18 April 2020: World infections: 2 306 588 Deaths: 158 705
  • 19 April 2020: World infections: 2 363 107 Deaths: 162 096
  • 20 April 2020: World infections: 2 460 792 Deaths: 168 934
  • 21 April 2020: World infections: 2 528 396 Deaths: 174 547
  • 22 April 2020: World infections: 2 606 614 Deaths: 181 569
  • 23 April 2020: World infections: 2 677 071 Deaths: 187 505
  • 24 April 2020: World infections: 2 786 743 Deaths: 194 470
  • 25 April 2020: World infections: 2 893 263 Deaths: 201 671
  • 26 April 2020: World infections: 2 966 489 Deaths: 205 686
  • 27 April 2020: World infections: 3 025 726 Deaths: 209 001
  • 28 April 2020: World infections: 3 102 788 Deaths: 214 111
  • 29 April 2020: World infections: 3 180 060 Deaths: 225 617
  • 30 April 2020: World infections: 3 262 195 Deaths: 230 418
  • 1 May 2020: World infections: 3 375 920 Deaths: 238 163
  • 2 May 2020: World infections: 3 446 562 Deaths: 242 675
  • 3 May 2020: World infections: 3 533 591 Deaths: 246 926
  • 4 May 2020: World infections: 3 616 736 Deaths: 250 332
  • 5 May 2020: World infections: 3 688 103 Deaths: 255 174
  • 6 May 2020: World infections: 3 794 744 Deaths: 262 639
  • 7 May 2020: World infections: 3 874 189 Deaths: 267 912
  • 8 May 2020: World infections: 3 971 558 Deaths: 273 792
  • 9 May 2020: World infections: 4 056 135 Deaths: 277 891
  • 10 May 2020: World infections: 4 144 623 Deaths: 281 760
  • 11 May 2020: World infections: 4 218 447 Deaths: 284 762
  • 12 May 2020: World infections: 4 305 076 Deaths: 289 864
  • 13 May 2020: World infections: 4 390 141 Deaths: 295 323
  • 14 May 2020: World infections: 4 489 458 Deaths: 301 019
  • 15 May 2020: World infections: 4 584 239 Deaths: 305 793
  • 16 May 2020: World infections: 4 683 646 Deaths: 310 825
  • 17 May 2020: World infections: 4 770 892 Deaths: 314 604
  • 18 May 2020: World infections: 4 862 329 Deaths: 318 763
  • 19 May 2020: World infections: 4 947 175 Deaths: 322 714
  • 20 May 2020: World infections: 5 018 670 Deaths: 325 679
  • 21 May 2020: World infections: 5 138 154 Deaths: 331 525
  • 22 May 2020: World infections: 5 237 508 Deaths: 335 805
  • 23 May 2020: World infections: 5 369 351 Deaths: 342 396
  • 24 May 2020: World infections: 5 472 689 Deaths: 345 875
  • 25 May 2020: World infections: 5 558 437 Deaths: 348 382
  • 26 May 2020: World infections: 5 648 912 Deaths: 350 329
  • 27 May 2020: World infections: 5 734 864 Deaths: 354 208
  • 28 May 2020: World infections: 5 849 715 Deaths: 359 717
  • 29 May 2020: World infections: 5 978 972 Deaths: 364 573
  • 30 May 2020: World infections: 6 096 482 Deaths: 368 864
  • 31 May 2020: World infections: 6 211 035 Deaths: 372 122
  • 1 June 2020: World infections: 6 317 412 Deaths: 374 992
  • 2 June 2020: World infections: 6 431 429 Deaths: 379 728
  • 3 June 2020: World infections: 6 519 181 Deaths: 384 839
  • 4 June 2020: World infections: 6 615 298 Deaths: 388 759
  • 5 June 2020: World infections: 6 774 648 Deaths: 395 611
  • 6 June 2020: World infections: 6 934 432 Deaths: 400 592
  • 7 June 2020: World infections: 7 027 191 Deaths: 403 080
  • 8 June 2020: World infections: 7 144 918 Deaths: 407 367
  • 9 June 2020: World infections: 7 262 807 Deaths: 411 088
  • 10 June 2020: World infections: 7 393 011 Deaths: 416 124
  • 11 June 2020: World infections: 7 538 782 Deaths: 421 363
  • 12 June 2020: World infections: 7 665 033 Deaths: 425 646
  • 13 June 2020: World infections: 7 808 005 Deaths: 430 113
  • 14 June 2020: World infections: 7 929 318 Deaths: 433 592
  • 15 June 2020: World infections: 8 050 379 Deaths: 436 710
  • 16 June 2020: World infections: 8 170 412 Deaths: 440 660
  • 17 June 2020: World infections: 8 322 856 Deaths: 447 723
  • 18 June 2020: World infections: 8 512 213 deaths: 453 432
  • 19 June 2020: World infections: 8 647 266 deaths: 458 053
  • 20 June 2020: World infections: 8 827 186 deaths: 464 080
  • 21 June 2020: World infections: 8 969 593 deaths 467 689
  • 22 June 2020: World infections: 9 109 932 deaths 471 759
  • 23 June 2020: World infections: 9 259 554 deaths 476 022
  • 24 June 2020: World infections: 9 429 390 deaths 481 618
  • 25 June 2020: World infections: 9 622 256 deaths 487 340
  • 26 June 2020: World infections: 9 773 492 deaths 493 181
  • 27 June 2020: World infections: 10 000 051 deaths 498 952
  • 28 June 2020: World infections: 10 131 720 deaths 502 269
  • 29 June 2020: World infections: 10 302 092 deaths 505 506
  • 30 June 2020: World infections: 10 495 468 deaths 510 583
  • 1 July 2020: World infections: 10 684 248 deaths 516 311
  • 2 July 2020: World infections: 10 873 882 deaths 520 410
  • 3 July 2020: World infections: 11 061 528 deaths 525 534
  • 4 July 2020: World infections: 11 288 258 deaths 530 955

Daily updates – South Africa

  • 11 March 2020: First case – total 13 infections
  • 12 March 2020: 17 infections no deaths
  • 13 March 2020: 24 infections no deaths
  • 15 March 2020: 38 infections no deaths
  • 16 March 2020: 62 infections no deaths
  • 17 March 2020: 85 cases no deaths
  • 18 March 2020: 116 cases no deaths
  • 19 March 2020: 150 cases with no deaths.
  • 20 March 2020: 202 infections no deaths
  • 21 March 2020: 240 infections no deaths
  • 22 March 2020: 274 infections no deaths
  • 23 March 2020: 402 infections no deaths
  • 24 March 2020: 554 infections no deaths
  • 25 March 2020: 709 infections no deaths
  • 26 March 2020: 927 infections no deaths

Level 5 lockdown – South Africa

  • 27 March 2020: DAY 1 of lockdown: 1170 infections 1 death
  • 28 March 2020: DAY 2 of lockdown: 1187 infections 1 death
  • 29 March 2020: DAY 3 of lockdown: 1280 infections 2 deaths
  • 30 March 2020: DAY 4 of lockdown: 1326 infections 3 deaths
  • 31 March 2020: DAY 5 of lockdown: 1353 infections 5 deaths
  • 1 April 2020: DAY 6 of lockdown: 1380 infections 5 deaths
  • 2 April 2020: DAY 7 of lockdown: 1462 infections 7 deaths
  • 3 April 2020: DAY 8 of lockdown: 1505 infections 7 deaths
  • 4 April 2020: DAY 9 of lockdown: 1585 infections 9 deaths
  • 5 April 2020: DAY 10 of lockdown: 1655 infections 11 deaths
  • 6 April 2020: DAY 11 of lockdown: 1686 infections 12 deaths
  • 7 April 2020: DAY 12 of lockdown: 1749 infections 13 deaths
  • 8 April 2020: DAY 13 of lockdown: 1845 infections 18 deaths
  • 9 April 2020: DAY 14 of lockdown: 1934 infections 18 deaths
  • 10 April 2020: DAY 15 of lockdown: 2003 infections 24 deaths
  • 11 April 2020: DAY 16 of lockdown: 2028 infections 25 deaths
  • 12 April 2020: DAY 17 of lockdown: 2173 infections 25 deaths
  • 13 April 2020: DAY 18 of lockdown: 2272 infections 27 deaths
  • 14 April 2020: DAY 19 of lockdown: 2415 infections 27 deaths
  • 15 April 2020: DAY 20 of lockdown: 2506 infections 34 deaths
  • 16 April 2020: DAY 21 of lockdown: 2605 infections 48 deaths

This marks the end of the first lockdown of 21 days for South Africa.

Lockdown 2 for South Africa – Level 5

17 April to 30 April 2020

The duration of the first lockdown was 21 days in level 5 and after that an extension or second lockdown for another 14 days on level 5

  • 17 April 2020: DAY 1 lockdown2: 2783 infections 50 deaths
  • 18 April 2020: DAY 2 lockdown2: 3034 infections 52 deaths
  • 19 April 2020: DAY 3 lockdown2: 3158 infections 54 deaths
  • 20 April 2020: DAY 4 lockdown2: 3300 infections 58 deaths
  • 21 April 2020: DAY 5 lockdown2: 3465 infections 58 deaths
  • 22 April 2020: DAY 6 lockdown2: 3635 infections 65 deaths
  • 23 April 2020: DAY 7 lockdown2: 3953 infections 75 deaths
  • 24 April 2020: DAY 8 lockdown2: 4220 infections 79 deaths
  • 25 April 2020: DAY 9 lockdown2: 4361 infections 86 deaths
  • 26 April 2020: DAY 10 lockdown2: 4546 infections 87 deaths
  • 27 April 2020: DAY 11 lockdown2: 4793 infections 90 deaths
  • 28 April 2020: DAY 12 lockdown2: 4996 infections 93 deaths
  • 29 April 2020: DAY 13 lockdown2: 5350 infections 103 deaths
  • 30 April 2020: DAY 14 lockdown2: 5647 infections 103 deaths

Level 4 lockdown – South Africa

Duration: 1 May 2020 – 31 May 2020

Daily updates

  • 1 May 2020: 5951 infections: 116 deaths
  • 2 May 2020: 6336 infections: 123 deaths
  • 3 May 2020: 6783 infections: 131 deaths
  • 4 May 2020: 7220 infections: 138 deaths
  • 5 May 2020: 7572 infections: 148 deaths
  • 6 May 2020: 7808 infections: 153 deaths
  • 7 May 2020: 8232 infections: 161 deaths
  • 8 May 2020: 8895 infections: 178 deaths
  • 9 May 2020: 9420 infections: 186 deaths
  • 10 May 2020: 10 015 infections: 194 deaths
  • 11 May 2020: 10 652 infections: 206 deaths
  • 12 May 2020: 11 350 infections: 206 deaths
  • 13 May 2020: 12 074 infections: 219 deaths
  • 14 May 2020: 12 739 infections: 238 deaths
  • 15 May 2020: 13 524 infections: 247 deaths
  • 16 May 2020: 14 355 infections: 259 deaths
  • 17 May 2020: 15 515 infections: 264 deaths
  • 18 May 2020: 16 433 infections: 286 deaths
  • 19 May 2020: 17 200 infections: 312 deaths
  • 20 May 2020: 18 003 infections: 339 deaths
  • 21 May 2020: 19 137 infections: 369 deaths
  • 22 May 2020: 20 125 infections: 397 deaths
  • 23 May 2020: 21 343 infections: 407 deaths
  • 24 May 2020: 22 583 infections: 429 deaths
  • 25 May 2020: 23 615 infections: 481 deaths
  • 26 May 2020: 24 264 infections: 524 deaths
  • 27 May 2020: 25 937 infections: 552 deaths
  • 28 May 2020: 27 404 infections: 577 deaths
  • 29 May 2020: 29 240 infections: 611 deaths
  • 30 May 2020: 30 967 infections: 643 deaths
  • 31 May 2020: 32 683 infections: 683 deaths

Level 3 lockdown – South Africa

Duration: 1 June 2020 –

  • 1 June 2020: 34 357 infections 705 deaths
  • 2 June 2020: 35 812 infections 755 deaths
  • 3 June 2020: 37 525 infections 792 deaths
  • 4 June 2020: 40 792 infections 848 deaths
  • 5 June 2020: 43 434 infections 908 deaths
  • 6 June 2020: 45 973 infections 952 deaths
  • 7 June 2020: 48 285 infections 998 deaths
  • 8 June 2020: 50 879 infections 1080 deaths
  • 9 June 2020: 52 991 infections 1162 deaths
  • 10 June 2020: 55 421 infections 1210 deaths
  • 11 June 2020: 58 568 infections 1284 deaths
  • 12 June 2020: 61 927 infections 1354 deaths
  • 13 June 2020: 65 736 infections 1423 deaths
  • 14 June 2020: 70 038 infections 1480 deaths
  • 15 June 2020: 73 533 infections 1568 deaths
  • 16 June 2020: 76 334 infections 1625 deaths
  • 17 June 2020: 80 412 infections 1674 deaths
  • 18 June 2020: 83 890 infections 1737 deaths
  • 19 June 2020:87 715 infections 1831 deaths
  • 20 June 2020: 92 681 infections 1877 deaths
  • 21 June 2020: 97 302 infections 1930 deaths
  • 22 June 2020: 101 590 infections 1991 deaths
  • 23 June 2020: 106 108 infections 2102 deaths
  • 24 June 2020: 111 796 infections 2205 deaths
  • 25 June 2020: 118 375 infections 2292 deaths
  • 26 June 2020: 124 590 infections 2340 deaths
  • 27 June 2020: 131 800 infections 2413 deaths
  • 28 June 2020: 138 134 infections 2456 deaths
  • 29 June 2020: 144 264 infections 2529 deaths
  • 30 June 2020: 151 209 infections 2657 deaths
  • 1 July 2020: 159 333 infections 2749 deaths
  • 2 July 2020: 168 061 infections 2844 deaths
  • 3 July 2020: 177 124 infections 2952 deaths
  • 4 July 2020: 187 977 infections 3026 deaths

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