US may become next centre of coronavirus pandemic, says WHO
Figures go against Trump talk of restarting economy, as other countries tighten controlsThe US could become the new centre of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Health Organization, which said case numbers were rising quickly there even asDonald Trump talked of reopening the country for business. “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the US. So it does have that potential [to become the centre of the pandemic],” the WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said. So far, 46,450 people in the US have become infected with the virus and there have been 593 deaths, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University. In Spain, meanwhile, the numbers infected and tested rose from 33,089 to 39,673 on Tuesday, according to the health ministry, while the death toll rose from 2,182 to 2,696. Health workers accounted for nearly 14% of Spain’s total reported cases as of Tuesday, up from 12% the previous day, according to data presented by the health emergency chief, Fernando Simon. Trump acknowledged that crucial healthcare supplies to protect frontline staff treating sick patients were becoming difficult to obtain. In an early morning tweet, he said: “The world market for face masks and ventilators is crazy. We are helping the states to get equipment, but it is not easy.” But while more US governors were urging people to stay at home, Trump appeared to play down the crisis on Monday night. The president said he was considering ways to restart the economy in the coming weeks and wanted to avoid the pandemic becoming “a long-lasting financial problem”. It would not last as long as three or four months, he said. “Our country was not built to be shut down,” Trump said. “This is not a country that was built for this.” Trump’s senior advisers referred to current government restrictions as a “15-day challenge” and pledged to revisit in a week’s time the need for sweeping measures to prevent the spread of the virus. The top coronavirus response official in Italy, the country with the highest death toll, attributed two successive declines in the daily death rate to a national lockdown that appeared to be finally bearing fruit. But Angelo Borrelli also noted that the real number of infections was probably 10 times higher than the official count. He also said the nation of 60 million was on course to overtake China’s total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in a week. “The measures we took two weeks ago are starting to have an effect,” Borrelli said in an interview with La Repubblica. He said more data over the next few days will help understand “if the growth curve is really flattening”. An estimated 1.7 billion people around the world have been ordered to remain at home as governments take extreme measures to protect their populations. Britain became the latest country to enter lockdown, after bans on movement came into force at midnight on Monday. France entered a two-month “state of health emergency” on Tuesday that provides a legal framework for existing confinement and restrictive measures and allows the government to order further restrictions, including controlling the price of certain products and requisitioning people and property for the “war” effort. In Germany, Angela Merkel’s cabinet presented a support package worth hundreds of billions of euros to cushion the impact of the crisis, in a departure from the country’s commitment to balance budgets. Under the rescue measures, about €50bn is to be earmarked for small businesses and self-employed workers, who are to receive direct grants of up to €15,000 over three months. The Dutch government strengthened its containment measures, banning all public gatherings regardless of size until 1 June and empowering mayors to close beaches, parks, campsites and other public spaces if people are not respecting physical distancing rules. In other developments: Meanwhile, tens of millions of people living in Hubei province, the centre of China’s outbreak, were told they would be able to resume travel from midnight (1600 GMT), except in the city of Wuhan. China claims to have largely brought its outbreak under control, reporting only imported cases of the virus and few or no new domestic cases in recent days. However, the claims have been questioned by residents and analysts, who note that some hospitals are reportedly refusing to test for the virus, and that there are allegations of manipulated numbers and rumours of unreported cases. Additional reporting by Kim Willsher in Paris, Jennifer Rankin in the Netherlands and Helen Davidson in Sydney Topics Read more: The Guardian
Many will not care until our fatalities surpass the annual death toll of the flu. o/ Just as they planned Well us always gotta be first in everything The WHO told us just 2 months ago after visiting Wuhan and meeting Chinese officials that the virus was not contagious human to human. I believe Nothing they say and we should never give them another penny.
The same WHO that told us all not to worry because China had the disease under control? The government has not done anything effective to control the virus. Already is ChinaLiedPeopleDied WHOLiedPeopleDied Looking at the stats, this seems very likely. Already the states have the third most cases, they will be second within days.
Gee, I wonder why. *cough*Trump*cough*
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Alexa Chung just persuaded us that denim dungarees were made for working from homeSure, pyjamas are tempting, but this look is both comfortable *and* appropriate to wear in public during your half hour lunchtime walk for fresh air 👀
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