The number of coronavirus infections is expected to reach half a million today, with Italy and the US each expected to surpass the number of cases registered in China within a few days.
According to Beijing figures, the deadly virus has decreased in China, where it originates from Wuhan, with 81,000 infected and only 67 new cases on Wednesday.
In Italy, more than 74,300 are infected, while in the US, more than 69,000 have the disease. Italy reported 3,491 cases on Wednesday, while the US still reported 3,342 cases.
The worldwide infected figure is currently 487,648, while the death toll has risen to over 22,000.
In Italy, more than 74,300 are infected, while in the US, more than 69,000 have the disease. Italy posted another 3,491 cases on Wednesday, while the US reported 3,342 more cases (Photo: Coffins are on the ground in San Giuseppe Church in Seriate, one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus, near Bergamo)
A person walks through an almost empty Times Square in New York. The worldwide infected figure is currently 487,648, while the death toll has risen to over 22,000.
Italy, which registered its first coronavirus mortality in February, has declared 7,503 fatalities to date, Spain has declared 4,089 deaths, both have more than China, which has registered 3,287 deaths.
The other worst affected countries are Iran with 2,234 fatalities and 29,406 cases, and France with 1,331 deaths and 25,233 cases.
Faced with the spread of the pandemic, the United States Senate has passed a $ 2.2 trillion economic rescue package in support of corporations, workers and health institutions.
Millions of Americans hoped that the measure, which is expected to be voted in the House on Friday, would give them a lifeline as they lost jobs, income and childcare due to closings, travel restrictions and company closings.
Strict travel restrictions apply to at least 2.8 billion people. But the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chastised world leaders for wasting precious time fighting the virus that has made millions unemployed and devastated the world economy.
Soldiers of the Italian army, along with police and Carabinieri officers, guard the road access to the city of Nerola, Italy
The small town of Nerola, located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Rome, has been designated a ‘red zone’ coronavirus after the detection of dozens of cases of COVID-19 disease.
“The time to act was actually more than a month ago or two months ago,” he said Wednesday. “We lost the first chance. … This is a second chance that we should not squander and do everything we can to suppress and control this virus. ‘
In the United States, where more than 1,000 people have been killed by viruses, a political battle raged among those who urgently called for a long siege against the pandemic, such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump.
Trump has expressed hopes that churches could return to normal on Easter April 12 and grumbled that ‘our country was not built to be closed’ – apparently concerned that the devastating impact of the outbreak on financial markets and employment is re-election. would harm. Democrats say Trump prioritizes the economy over the health and safety of Americans.
“I’d like to say, let’s get back to work next Friday,” said Joe Biden, the predecessor of the Democratic presidential candidate. ‘That would be great. But it cannot be arbitrary. ‘
The death toll in Spain from coronavirus exceeds 4,000 – with 655 new fatalities recorded at night, bringing the total to 4,089
A Spanish soldier walks next to beds set up in a temporary hospital for vulnerable and homeless people in Barcelona
The video taken at the Albacete Hospital, 85 miles west of Valencia, featured patients lining corridors after having their beds and people lying on the floor of exhaustion
In Brazil, governors of the country defy President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses, rejecting his argument that the “cure” of widespread shutdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus is worse than the disease.
The Brazilian Supreme Court upheld plans for virus control that had been challenged by Bolsonaro. On Thursday, the country had more than 2,550 cases and 59 deaths.
New York has become a global virus hotspot, and Cuomo says the number of infections doubles almost every few days. The city’s convention center is being turned into a temporary hospital, and the state has killed 280 people, according to a Johns Hopkins University census.
Spain has become the country in Europe where the outbreak spreads most quickly. On Thursday, the Department of Health reported 8,578 new infections and 655 deaths, bringing the total number to 56,188 and more than 4,000 deaths – second only to Italy’s death toll of 7,503.
“We’re collapsing,” said Lidia Perera, a nurse at the Madrid de Hospital de la Paz. “We need more workers.”
Seeing patients die alone is “killing us all inside,” she said.
A plainclothes policeman strikes a man for violating a strict 21-day curfew imposed across India as the country attempts to slow the spread of the corona virus in Kolkata
Although the closure is intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, there were fears that it could inadvertently spread it to the countryside as migrant workers fled the cities on full buses
Men caught breaking rules about public gatherings in India are forced to crawl in chalk circles drawn on the floor to show them what mandatory minimum distances look like in the middle of the country’s closure
“This is extremely complicated physically, but psychologically it is awful,” says colleague Patricia Nunez, a nurse who is recovering from being infected herself.
In Italy, doctors and nurses begged the government to supply more masks, gloves and goggles and urged the public to understand the importance of the tough distance measures in reality. Scientists say stopping just one person from getting the virus means plenty of others won’t get infected along the way.
“Please don’t leave us. Help us help you, ”wrote Dr. Francesca De Gennaro, head of a small medical clinic in the hard-hit Bergamo region of Italy, in an open letter.
European Union leaders held their third summit in three weeks on the virus to control the havoc it wreaks in their 27 economies. When the death toll in Europe rose to over 12,000, Spain extended the state of emergency that would allow it to impose a wider blockade, while French President Emmanuel Macron launched ‘Operation Resilience,’ an army-backed response to fight the pandemic.
France began to evacuate infected civilians from the northeastern hotspot of Alsace using a special high-speed train that the Minister of Health called a “first in Europe”. About 20 patients were taken from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions.
Britain ordered 10,000 fans to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, in partnership with Dyson engineers. The government wants to increase the supply of respirators from 8,000 to 30,000.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that disappear within two to three weeks. For some, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems, it can cause a more serious illness, including pneumonia and death.
To date, more than 115,000 people have recovered from the virus, and healthcare experts say the key to fighting it is to smooth the curve – slow the spread of the outbreak so hospitals aren’t flooded with critically ill people. patients. once. Slowing down the number of infections will also lower the final death rate.
Business in China has slowed down, with only 67 new cases, all recent arrivals.
The leaders of the group of the 20 largest economies held a special video conference to coordinate a better response to the pandemic amid criticism that the richest countries in the world have not taken coherent action. The conference was chaired by King Salman of Saudi Arabia.
A view of the construction site of a new infectious disease hospital for patients with suspected COVID-19 coronavirus infection in the village of Golokhvastovo, Russia
Russia has 840 cases of coronavirus, but that rose to a record 182 on Thursday, fearing the disease is starting to increase as in other hard-hit countries
When the virus spread to a new area, many countries took drastic measures.
India started enforcing the world’s largest coronavirus lock on Thursday, trying to keep its 1.3 billion people in. In neighboring Pakistan, a caseload of nearly 1,100 infections triggered government efforts to persuade the country’s more than 200 million people to stay at home.
As things begin to rise in Russia, President Vladimir Putin ordered the military to help. The government announced that it will stop all international flights from Friday and that troops will build 16 medical centers in mid-May to treat virus victims. Russia says it has 658 cases, but experts say these figures do not indicate the crisis there and may be due to the lack of tests.
Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, urged people to understand the importance of each to stop the pandemic.
“For every American you protect, you protect others,” said Birx.