måndag 13 april 2020

Covid-19 - Death toll in Italy passes 20,000

Death toll in Italy passes 20,000. More than 1.87m cases reported worldwide

Spain records another drop in daily death toll; Singapore sees biggest daily jump in infections; China reports highest daily cases in over five weeks.

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy passed 20,000after they rose by 566 on Monday, 135 more than on Sunday. Almost half of the deaths (280) were registered in Lombardy, the northern region worst affected by the virus.

The confirmed global death toll passed 117,000
, and at least 1.8 million people have been infected, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The tallies are likely to be underestimates.
A total of 11,329 patients have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus, the UK’s Department of Health said, up by 717 in 24 hours.

Belgian health authorities reported 303 more deaths in 24 hours, bringing the country’s total death toll from the outbreak to 3,903, meaning its outbreak is proportionally now more deadly than that of Italy.

Singapore recorded its biggest daily jump in infections, with 386 more cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 2,918 cases. A large number of the new cases are linked to outbreaks in migrant workers’ dormitories.

German experts
recommended recommended a gradual relaxing of restrictions, as long as new infections stabilise and hygiene measures to control the spread of the virus are maintained.

The head of the World Health Organization urged caution over moves to lift lockdown conditions. He said much was still unknown about the virus and that finding, testing and isolating cases was still crucial.

The US is nearing the peak of its outbreak, according to the director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, who told NBC: “You’ll know when you’re at the peak when the next day is actually less than the day before. We are stabilising right now.”

The UK will not ease lockdown this week, said to the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, who added that it was “still far too early”, and that the UK would be getting ahead of itself if ministers relaxed restrictions before medical experts advised them to.

Spain saw another fall in its overnight death toll, down by 102 to 517 in 24 hours, bringing the total to 17,489, the country’s health ministry said, adding that it was the smallest proportional daily increase since tracking began.

Iran’s death toll rose by 111 to 4,585, a health ministry official said, adding that the total number of infected cases had reached 73,303 in the most affected Middle Eastern country.

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