A total of 4,023,218 people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 279,303 have died, according to John Hopkins University tally. Since the first case of the novel coronavirus infection, which causes Covid-19, was identified in China in December 2019, the virus has affected more than 210 countries and territories. Over 180 of these countries have reported fatalities due to coronavirus.
New York, the worst-hit in the United States, has over 335,890 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 26,000 deaths. The US has recorded more than 77,340 fatalities and nearly 13 lakh COVID-19 cases — both highest in the world.
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In a disturbing development, three children have died from a rare inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday. The situation is “new and developing” and is very serious, he said.
The symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock-like syndrome.
Kawasaki disease primarily affects children up to the age of five and causes the walls of arteries to become inflamed, resulting in fever, skin peeling and joint pain. Other symptoms include diarrhea or vomiting, breathing trouble, a paling of skin colour, chest pain and lethargy.
While the world continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, let’s read about some of the biggest developments from around the world:
US APPROVES NEW CORONAVIRUS ANTIGEN TEST WITH FAST RESULTS
US regulators have approved a new type of coronavirus test that administration officials have promoted as a key to opening up the country. The test can rapidly detect fragments of virus proteins in samples collected from swabs swiped inside the nasal cavity.
Antigen tests can diagnose active infections by detecting the earliest toxic traces of the virus rather than genetic code of the virus itself.
PAKISTAN EASES NATIONWIDE LOCKDOWN EVEN AS CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE
Pakistan on Saturday began easing the month-long lockdown despite a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases which has now crossed the 28,000-mark with 618 deaths.
Doctors have warned against easing restrictions. The Representative of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has demanded that the government observe World Health Organisation protocols and implement strict lockdown.
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“We think the number will definitely spike. According to our information, there are five hospitals in Karachi that have a total of 63 beds reserved for coronavirus patients. If this is the condition in a city like Karachi, then you can imagine what it is like in other cities of Pakistan,” said Dr Ikram Tunio of the PMA in a press conference in Karachi.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TIGHTENS VISAS FOR CHINESE REPORTERS
The Trump administration is tightening visa guidelines for Chinese journalists in response to the treatment of US journalists in China, as tensions flare between the two nations over the coronavirus.
The Department of Homeland Security has issued new regulations, set to take effect Monday, that will limit visas for Chinese reporters to 90 days. There is a potential to extend the visa.
Those visas previously didn’t have to be extended unless the employee switched companies, and they were considered open-ended.
The regulations don’t apply to journalists from Hong Kong or Macau, two territories considered semiautonomous, according to the regulations published Friday in the Federal Register.
The agency noted what it called China’s “suppression of independent journalism , ” including “an increasing lack of transparency.”
6 KILLED IN PROTESTS OVER FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN AFGHANISTAN
At least six were killed when protesters angry over what they see as unfair food aid distribution during the coronavirus pandemic clashed with police in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Saturday, according to officials.
Four civilians and two police officers died in the incident. “A delegation will be sent from Kabul to investigate today’s incident in a comprehensive manner,” he said, adding that ten police officers and nine civilians were injured.
Gulzaman Nayeb, a lawmaker representing Ghor, said that seven people were killed and more than a dozen wounded during the protest – sparked by growing discontent at the distribution allegedly favouring people with political connections.
Police had opened fire after some among the around 300 protesters threw stones, started to fire guns and tried to enter the governor’s house, said Mohammad Arif Aber, a spokesman for the provincial governor of Ghor.
DEATH TOLL IN FRANCE RISES BY 80 TO 26,310
The number of people who have died from coronavirus infections in France rose by 80 to 26,310 on Saturday, the health ministry said, a much smaller daily increase than the previous day when it was 243.
The ministry said the number of people in intensive care units – a key measure of a health system’s ability to deal with the epidemic – fell by 56, or about 2%, to 2,812. That is less than half the peak of 7,148 seen on April 8.
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