May 14, 2020
Coronavirus Daily Digest: May 14, 2020
Expulsion of WHO officials in an African nation; World global poverty index to increase says the UN; Camps hits by covid-19; And concern grows in China over a rebound in cases. Get caught up on Coronavirus Daily Digest May 14, 2020:
The world has reached 4.5 million confirmed cases, with 303,000 deaths and more than 1.7 million recoveries. In the U.S., not less than 1.45 million cases have been recorded. More than 86,000 people have died, and another 218,000 have recovered.
In Nigeria,193 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were reported from 15 states- Lagos(58), Kano(46), Jigawa(35), Yobe(12), FCT(9), Ogun(7), Plateau(5), Gombe(5), Imo(4), Edo(3), Kwara(3), Borno(3), Bauchi (1), Nasarawa (1), Ondo(1) in the last 24 hours. As it stands, 5162 cases have been confirmed, 1180 cases discharged and 167 deaths have been recorded so far.
Tensions remain high in states where a minority are clamouring to reopen. In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court struck down the governor’s stay-at-home order for overstepping his authority. Egged on by state GOP lawmakers, some Pennsylvania counties have threatened to defy the governor’s orders while some business owners have reopened despite his warnings.
But not everyone is pushing for restrictions to be lifted. Spurred by concerns about racial health disparities, African-American state lawmakers in Virginia are opposing plans by Gov. Ralph Northam to begin a phased reopening of that state’s economy this week.
For close to two weeks, three countries have led the rest of the world in the daily number of new COVID-19 infections: The United States, Russia and Brazil. So why is the death count in Russia so low?
Amid growing concern of a domestic rebound in cases, china health officials said Thursday that they will be stepping up coronavirus testing and screening countrywide.
In New Zealand, retail stores, malls, and restaurants reopens today, and many people are returning to their workplaces — it’s the nation’s third consecutive day without a new case. But most gatherings will be limited to 10 people and social distancing guidelines will be strictly adhered to.
A viral video from Japan and conducted by the public broadcasting organization NHK in conjunction with health experts uses black light to show how easily germs and viruses can spread in restaurants when just one person is infected.
In Virginia Washington, a famous Inn at Little Washington, with three Michelin stars, has come up with a unique and possibly creepy idea to enforce social distancing while allowing the restaurant to still appear busy. A restaurant in Thailand is try same but cuter, approach.
For the first time in 12 days, new COVID-19 cases in Russia have fallen below 10,000. The president Vladimir Putin says the crisis is easing. Meanwhile the epicenter, Moscow is launching a free mass antibody testing program.
A day after a record number of infection with over 200,000 cases and ranked 6th in the world infection rate, the president of the most populous country in Latin America says lockdowns are “the path to failure“.
The world’s third-largest economy, Japan has lift state of emergency for most regions; but it’s capital Tokyo and few others to stay on alert.
Britain health body has approved a “highly specific,” coronavirus antibody test with 100% accuracy, developed by Roche and is now working towards acquiring enough kits for widespread testing.
The United Nations is forecasting that the covid-19 pandemic will push an estimated 34.3 million people into extreme poverty, and Africa the worst hit.
The young African country, South Sudan has registered it’s first covid-19 death days after infections had for the first time been detected in a heavily crowded civilian protection site in the capital Juba.
Refugee camp which is home to more than one million Rohingya refugees, in southern Bangladesh has been hit by the novel virus, UN officials says.
France will quarantine people arriving from Spain, in reciprocal for measures adopted by the Spanish government with all travellers arriving from abroad.
Burundi has ordered the expulsion of four World Health Organization officials coordinating the country’s coronavirus response, the foreign ministry said.
“Social isolation, fear of virus, and loss of family members is compounded by the distress caused by loss of income and often employment,” will result in mental health crisis, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement while reiterating a similar assertion by UN chief Antonio Guterres.