fredag 17 april 2020

Covid-19 - Nearly 100,000 EU citizens remain stranded overseas due to pandemic

Nearly 100,000 EU citizens remain stranded overseas due to pandemic – as it happened

China denies cover-up as Wuhan death toll revised up by 50%; Brazil’s president fires health minister

War veteran raises £20m for health service

Capt Tom Moore, the British second world war veteran who sought sponsorship for walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday, has now raised more than £20m for National Health Service charities.

Earlier, he was hailed as a “one-man fundraising machine” by the Duke of Cambridge:

Capt Moore originally set out to raise £1,000 as a way of thanking staff following a hip replacement and showing support during the pandemic. The money is going to NHS Charities Together.

Global death toll exceeds 150,000

The number of people known to have died worldwide since the outbreak began has passed the 150,000 mark, according to two organisations tracking the data.

Both Johns Hopkins University and the Reuters news agency, which are keeping separate counts, have said the figure has been exceeded, with the former putting it at 150,948.

The first death came in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on 9 January. It took 83 days for the first 50,000 deaths to be recorded and just eight more for the toll to climb to 100,000. It took another eight days to go from 100,000 to 150,000, according to Reuters.

In many countries, official data includes only deaths reported in hospitals, not those in homes or nursing homes, so the tolls are likely to be significant underestimates.

The United States has recorded the most confirmed Covid-19, with more than 680,000 detected infections. Spain is next with around 188,000 cases, followed by Italy.

Johns Hopkins University has counted more than 2.2m cases worldwide. Due to suspected underreporting and differing testing regimes, that figure is also likely to be an underestimate.

Global death toll exceeds 147,000: According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, nearly 2.2 million people have been confirmed as having contracted the virus worldwide, while at least 147,632 have died. The figures are likely to present an underestimate.

More than 14,000 have died in UK hospitals: The British government announces that a further 847 people have died in UK hospitals; taking the total to 14,576 since the outbreak began. That represents slightly decelerated growth. But the figures do not take account of the people who have died in other settings.

Nearly 100,000 EU citizens remain stranded: The European commission says 98,900 EU citizens are still stuck abroad, though efforts to bring them home continue. That compares with 600,000 who had reported being stranded at the start of the outbreak.

South Asia sees 22,000 cases: The number of people in the south Asia region known to have been infected passes the 22,000 mark. Health officials warn that the region, home to a fifth of the world’s population, could be the new frontline against the disease because there are millions in densely populated areas and living under fragile public health systems.

Increase in Italian cases slows: Deaths in Italy rise by 575, up from 525 the day before, while the number of new cases declines slightly to 3,493 from a previous 3,786. The daily death toll is down considerably from peaks reached around the end of March.

Health workers run out of protective gear: Health bosses in England are preparing to ask doctors and nurses to work without full-length gowns when treating patients, as hospitals are set to run out of supplies within hours.

UK sets up vaccine taskforce
: The UK’s newly created vaccine taskforce will be asked to provide industry and research institutions with resources, review regulations and make preparations for large-scale production once a vaccine is developed.

Pandemic’s spread now ‘controllable’ in Germany: The reproduction number of the Covid-19 virus sinks to a new low in Germany, leading the health minister Jens Spahn to say there is enough evidence to declare the lockdown strategy a success.

Jair Bolsonaro accused of leading Brazilians ‘to slaughterhouse’:The country’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has accused the incumbent of criminally irresponsible handling of the coronavirus as Brazil’s Covid-19 death toll hit 1,924.

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