COVID-19 Global Threat, More than 77,000 Died in US while UK's toll 31000 - Focus News


Saturday, 9 May 2020

COVID-19 Global Threat, More than 77,000 Died in US while UK's toll 31000

Donald Trump has said coronavirus will disappear without any vaccine, added  that he expected 95,000 death or more in the US as one of the White House members tested positive. 

The president’s comments, at an event with Republican lawmakers, capped a horror week in the US, in which it was revealed unemployment had risen to 14.7%, up from 3.5% in February, with 20 million people losing their jobs in April.

The news that Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller had Covid-19, having recently tested negative, again brought the danger of the virus to the White House inner circle. Katie Miller is married to the White House immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller. On Thursday one of Trump’s personal valets tested positive to the virus.

The president again appeared to reset expectations for the final US death toll, saying he expected 95,000 or more to die. The current toll stands at just over 77,000, with nearly 1.3 million infections, including nearly 29,000 new infections added to the count on Friday.

The US state department on Friday accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the coronavirus pandemic, saying Beijing was increasingly adopting techniques honed by Moscow.

“Even before the Covid-19 crisis we assessed a certain level of coordination between Russia and the PRC in the realm of propaganda,” said Lea Gabrielle, coordinator of the state department’s global engagement centre which tracks foreign propaganda.

“But with this pandemic the cooperation has accelerated rapidly,” she told reporters, in a continuing war of words between Washington and Beijing.

Leaders of the US congressional foreign affairs committees weighed in by writing to nearly 60 countries asking them to support Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization, citing the need for the broadest effort possible to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The move is likely to further inflame Sino-US relations as Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, and has been excluded from the WHO, due to objections from China, which considers Taiwan to be part of its territory.

Taiwan has been seeking to join a ministerial meeting this month of the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, with backing from Washington and several US allies. Taiwan has argued that its exclusion from the WHO has created a dangerous gap in the global fight against the coronavirus.

China reported one new coronavirus case on Saturday and 15 new asymptomatic cases. the country’s total number of infections stood at 82,887, with the death total unchanged at 4,633, the national health authority said.

According to Xinhuanet report, another 626 COVID-19 patients have died in UK, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 31,241, Environment Secretary George Eustice said Friday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. 

In Italy, the head of the infectious diseases department at the renowned Sacco hospital in Milan, Massimo Galli, said the northern city was “a bit of a bomb” in terms of the virus spreading.

“We have a very high number of infected people returning to circulation,” he told La Repubblica, after photographs of people sitting along Milan’s canals enjoying aperitifs in the sunshine, many without wearing masks or respecting physical distancing rules, were splashed over the front pages of the country’s newspapers.

Milan’s mayor, Giuseppe Sala, said the behaviour was “shameful” and threatened to close the well-known aperitif area if people persisted in flouting the rules. Almost 40% of Italy’s infections are in the Lombardy region, of which Milan is the capital.

Source: The Guardian

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