The death toll from coronavirus in Spain has jumped by 514 in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll in the country to 2,696 with almost 40,000 confirmed cases.
Spain is the worst affected country in Europe after Italy, which has recorded more than 6,000 deaths so far as the situation in the country quickly worsens.
About 5,400 health care workers are among those confirmed cases.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed alarm at reports that a large number of infections are now among health workers, which appeared to be the result of a shortage of adequate personal protective equipment.
Tedros said ‘Health workers can only do their jobs effectively when they can do their jobs safely.
Spain is the worst affected country in Europe after Italy, which has recorded more than 6,000 deaths so far.
While cases have been mostly concentrated in Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country, infection numbers are growing in other regions.
More than 300,000 cases worldwide have been confirmed. It took 67 days from the first reported case of Covid-19 to reach 100,000, 11 days to reach the second 100,000 and just four days to reach the third 100,000.
Tedros urged countries to adopt rigorous testing and hammered home the need for social-distancing as just one way to fight Covid-19.
13-Year-Old Boy Dies In London After Testing Positive For Coronavirus
A 13-year-old boy from London who tested positive for COVID-19, becoming Britain’s youngest victim of the pandemic.
The family said in a statement on Tuesday “Ismail was only 13 years old without any pre-existing health conditions and sadly he died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of Covid 19.”
The teen’s family said he started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing and was admitted to Kings College Hospital. “He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning. To our knowledge he had no underlying health conditions. We are beyond devastated.”
Ismail whose dad died of cancer, leaving his mum to care for seven children – didn’t have any family with him at the time due to the highly infectious nature of the virus.
A GoFundMe page set up by Wednesday morning to help the family pay for the child’s “janazah”, or Muslim funeral, had raised more than 51,000 pounds (about $63,000), with 2,700 persons donating – well over the goal of 4,000 pounds (about $4,944).
A family friend who set up the page said any extra funds would be given to the family.
Spokesman for King’s College hospital NHS foundation trust expressing condolence said “sadly, a 13-year old boy who tested positive for Covid-19 has passed away, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.” adding that “the death has been referred to the coroner and no further comment will be made.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan paid tribute to the young boy on Wednesday
Khan said “pause and reflect how devastating that is for his family who will probably never recover.” He further warned “young people should not believe they were immune from catching the virus.”
More than 25,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 1,789 persons have died after testing positive in the UK.
U.N. Calls For $2.5 Trillion Covid-19 Support Package For Developing Countries
The United Nations is calling for a two and a half trillion-dollar covid-19 support package for developing countries. The world body says one trillion dollars should be made available through the expanded use of special drawing rights. It is also calling for the cancellation this year of one trillion dollars of debts owed by developing countries. The U.N. also says half a billion dollars would be needed to fund a Marshall plan for health recovery and dispersed as grants.
The U.N. says such a support package would turn expressions of international solidarity into meaningful global action for two-thirds of the world’s population living in developing countries.
A report by UNCTAD, the UN trade and development body, says the pandemic has dramatically hit developing countries with economic shockwaves, even when compared to the 2008 global financial crisis. The trade body says fiscal and foreign constraints will tighten further over the course of the year and would require a two-to-three trillion dollars financing gap for developing countries over the next two years.
UN Chief Says Coronavirus The Worst Global Crisis Since World War II
The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres has warned the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest challenge to face the world since World War Two.
Speaking at the UN headquarters in New York, the UN chief said it could bring a recession “that probably has no parallel in the recent past”.
Guterres said “the new coronavirus disease is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods”.
On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins University said 865 persons had died in the past 24 hours in the US and in all more than 189,000 people in the country had been infected.
The UN report estimates that up to 25 million jobs could be lost around the world as the result of the outbreak. It also projects an up to 40% “downward pressure” on global foreign direct investment flows.
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