Coronavirus Latest Updates: The United States has reported at least 312,245 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 8,162 deaths so far, according to the data compiled by John Hopkins University. The country’s epicentre, New York, has over 113,704 confirmed cases as of Sunday morning. More than 3,500 people statewide have died, and about 15,000 coronavirus patients are hospitalised.
The UK’s death toll also jumped to 4,313 on Sunday. The toll went up by 708 in 24 hours, the highest daily rise so far in Britain. A 5-year-old child with an underlying health problem was among the dead. Meanwhile, mainland China saw a rise in 30 new coronavirus cases, up from 19 a day earlier. Out of these 25 came in from abroad, are five have been recorded as local transmission.
Globally, the COVID-19 virus has infected over 1.2 million people and has left more than 65,000 dead.
Trump requests Modi to release Hydroxychloroquine ordered by US
US president Donald Trump said he requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release Hydroxychloroquine required by the United States to fight the coronavirus pandemic. This comes after India last month banned the export of drugs.
“I called Prime Minister Modi of India this morning. They make large amounts of Hydroxychloroquine. India is giving it a serious consideration,” Trump said while addressing the media at the White House Saturday.
Trump warns that the country could see a lot more deaths
President Trump warned people that the country that the “next two weeks are going to be very, very deadly” and there could be a significant spike in the death toll.
“Next two weeks are going to be very, very deadly. Unfortunately, but we are going to make it so that we lose as few lives as possible and I think we are going to be successful. We are really coming up into a time that’s going to be very horrendous. Probably a time like we haven’t seen in this country,” Trump said while addressing a press conference in White house.
Members of the White House task force on coronavirus have projected deaths between 100,000 to 200,000 people in the US in the next two months. According to the Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 300,915 confirmed virus cases in the US and there have been 8,162 deaths so far.
Italian mayor fights lone battle for mass virus blood testing
The mayor of a pandemic-hit Italian town is trying to get everyone’s blood tested in a controversial attempt to end weeks of confinement and finally get people back to work. Most Italian authorities wish he would stop. The story of Robbio mayor Roberto Francese has generated a fair bit of interest in a Mediterranean country where people’s primary mission is to not catch COVID-19. The nation of 60 million has effectively shut down for business to stop the spread of a virus that has officially killed 15,362 people and quite possibly many more.
Australia’s coronavirus death toll stands at 34; total cases cross 5,500-mark
Australia’s coronavirus death toll stood at 34 on Sunday with 5,687 virus-positive cases, officials said. Health officials from New South Wales confirmed that there were 2,580 total infections now in the state and four people, including three passengers from Ruby Princess Cruise Ship, died on Saturday night.
Spain sees 3rd daily drop in coronavirus deaths
Spain saw its third consecutive daily decline in the number of people dying from the coronavirus pandemic as the country recorded another 674 deaths on Sunday, official figures showed, AFP reported. The health ministry said the number, the lowest in 10 days, brought total deaths to 12,418 since the pandemic hit Spain. The number of infections rose 4.8 percent to 130,759.
China sends 1000 ventilators to New York
China is facilitating a donation of 1,100 ventilators to New York, the pandemic’s epicentre in the US. “The state got 1,000 ventilators after the Chinese government facilitated a donation from billionaires Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai, the co-founders of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. He added that the state of Oregon had volunteered to send 140 additional breathing machines.
Cuomo thanked the donators and said, “This is a big deal, and it’s going to make a significant difference for us.” As the death toll in New York cross 3,500, the governor warned of a possible surge and the city reaching its peak in the next few days.
Pak cleric booked for gathering 400 people for Friday prayers despite ban
A case has been registered against a cleric in Pakistan for gathering around 400 people for Friday prayers at a prominent mosque here, despite a ban on such religious congregations imposed by the authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The deadly virus has infected more than 2,800 people and claimed over 40 lives in Pakistan. According to the Dawn newspaper, a case was registered against former Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz and six others for disobeying a government order and gathering people at the mosque for Friday prayers.
Coronavirus death toll to increase in the UK
The coronavirus death toll in the UK, already at more than 4,300, is likely to continue to rise for at least another two weeks even if people comply with the safety measures related to the virus, health authorities said on Saturday. The country witnessed 708 deaths,the highest daily rise in death toll so far in the last 24 hours. A 5-year-old child with an underlying health problem was confirmed dead along with at least 40 who had no previous known conditions.
30 fresh coronavirus cases reported in mainland China
Mainland China sees rise in 30 new coronavirus cases — up from 19 a day earlier.The National Commission of the country said that 25 of these new cases came from abroad compared to 18 such cases a day earlier. At least five new cases of local transmission have also been reported from the Southern province of Guangdong.
New York continues to record highest number of daily deaths
The daily death toll of New York city continues to grow as 630 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to an “all time increase” at 3,565 up from 2935 on Friday morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Coronavirus cases in New York now stand at 113,704. The total cases in the United States have risen to 312,146. New Jersey is the second most impacted state with approximately 30,000 cases. Governor Cuomo said the state of New York is still days away from reaching its peak.
Nearly 3,000 released from Sri lanka’s prison in an effort to contain the coronavirus
Sri Lanka is stepping up its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by releasing nearly 2,900 prisoners from its over crowded prisons. The island nation has been under a countrywide curfew since March 20 where at least 25 people have succumbed to the virus and the total number of infections have risen to 166.
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