Although the US elections have captivated the entire nation, other issues have not stopped. Coronavirus pandemic still claims the highest number of lives in the country than any other place on earth. And more Americans are losing their jobs.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country surpassed nine and a half million on Thursday, and the national death toll has reached two hundred thirty-five thousand on Thursday. It took only six days for the confirmed COVID-19 cases to surge by half a million. One hundred and two thousand eight hundred thirty-one new cases on Wednesday, the first time ever the country had recorded more than 100,000 daily cases since the pandemic began.
By far, the United States remains the nation worst hit by the pandemic with the world’s most cases and deaths, making up nearly twenty percent of the global caseload and death toll, respectively.
Kenya Nurses Issue Strike Warning
Kenyan nurses have issued a 14-day strike action warning to the government. The medical workers sign the notice, citing lack of a safe working environment and protective gears- PPE`s. They are demanding that the government declare COVID-19 an occupational hazard. They are also asking to be provided with comprehensive medical cover.
The nurses’ union secretary general Seth Panyako alleged, eighteen nurses have died from COVID-19 after treating patients with the virus. He added that once the strike notice lapses, the healthcare workers will not return to work unless their issues are addressed.
The notice comes a week after doctors issued a strike notice over the same issues.
More than 78,500 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Kenya including 1,409 deaths being reported.
More than 30 healthcare workers are reported to have died after contracting the virus since the country confirmed its first case in March.
U.S. FDA Grants Emergency Authorization For COVID-19 Treatment From Regeneron
The U.S. Food and drug administration has granted emergency authorization for the Regeneron antibody treatment, the same drug that was administered to president Donald Trump after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The drug’s approval is limited in scope for people who have tested positive for the coronavirus and who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19.
Regeneron says it will have enough of the drug for at least eighty thousand patients by the end of this month. It says, by the first week of January, it would have enough for 200,000 patients, and for 300,000 by the end of January.
The United States has surpassed the 12 million infection mark, and nearly two hundred seventy Americans have died from complications from the disease.
Senator Moro Calls For Quick Intervention As Strange Disease Kills Over 17 Persons In Idoma Community
Senator Abba Moro, from Benue south senatorial district, has called for quick intervention a strange disease has claimed more than seventeen lives in Owukpa, in Ogbadibo local government area of the state. Many residents there are also receiving treatment at different hospitals.
The senator says it is regrettable that the outbreak of this mysterious disease has come in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is taking the attention of health experts in the area.
As he commiserated with bereaved families, Moro also called on the federal and state governments to take immediate action to prevent the pestilence from escalating.