Coronavirus is today the focus of all discussions around the world, and attention centers on Italy and the United States where the rate of infections has been quite high.
More than ten thousand persons have tested positive in Italy where the prime minister has kept the entire country, of more than sixty million, on lockdown.
As Italians struggle to adapt, commercial activity and public transportation in the country’s north are being threatened of a shut-down by officials.
Meanwhile, the number of infections in the United States has climbed beyond a thousand. Authorities have set up a “containment zone” in a New York City suburb where the outbreak is large.
It is very likely democratic lawmakers in Washington could move very quickly today to introduce an economic rescue package for the coronavirus crisis.
And British health minister, Nadine Dorries, has contracted the coronavirus. Health officials are working feverishly to trace her contacts. As a result of her infection, lawmakers are pondering whether to suspend parliament.
Coronavirus Could Impede Africa’s Malaria Fight – WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is concerned coronavirus might impact negatively on Africa’s fight against malaria.
WHO team leader for malaria Dr Akpaka Kalu said some patients are afraid of seeking treatment during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic yet fever is also a symptom for malaria. He is appealing to anyone exhibiting fever to seek medical care.
Kalu said malaria is a very dangerous disease, it is so common but it kills.
He said it is individual responsibility to ensure they don’t become part of the statistics, part of the dead from malaria.
Global Coronavirus Cases Exceed 4.8 Million
The latest tally from the Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. has confirmed covid-19 cases have now reached nearly five million globally, with more than 318,000 fatalities and nearly two million recoveries.
The U.S. leads the world with one and a half million covid-19 infections and more than ninety thousand deaths. Director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Robert Redfield says the number of deaths is projected to exceed 100,000 by June the first.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine as preventative measure, despite experts’ warning the drug, normally taken for malaria, is not effective in fighting the coronavirus.
Russia’s covid-19 cases are now close to three hundred thousand, the second highest number of coronavirus infections in the world after the united states.
Brazil is the world’s third worst-hit nation with more than 250,000 cases.
The Chinese mainland has 82,960 covid-19 cases, of which 1,707 were imported. Also, 389 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation. China’s covid-19 death toll stands at forty-six hundred forty-five.
Coronavirus Could Kill 190,000 In Africa, WHO Warns
The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised an alarm that coronavirus could kill up to 190,000 persons in Africa and overwhelm the available medical capacity on the continent in the first year if control measures fail to work.
The world health body said on Thursday, the novel coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 Africans and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not contained. It has proposed a strengthening of health care systems on the continent.
W.H.O. Africa regional director, Matshidiso Moeti says transmission of the virus in Africa has been slower but could result to a longer outbreak.
Moeti told reporters in a teleconference, the new projections are contained in a latest W.H.O. Africa study based on assumptions that no containment measures are put in place, which has fortunately not been the case.
There are 54,083 confirmed cases with 2,073 deaths. 18,412 patients have recovered. 53 African countries have recorded infections while one country, Lesotho, is the only virus-free nation on the continent.
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