Coronavirus: Cases pass grim milestone of one million

Medical personnel wearing personal protective equipment remove bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Thursday, April 2, in the Brooklyn. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Global coronavirus cases reached another grim milestone as according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, more than a million cases of coronavirus have been registered across the globe.

The figure shows more than 53,000 people have died and 210,000 have recovered.

The United States has the most confirmed cases and deaths are also surging there with more than 1,000 died there in the past day.

The outbreak first emerged in China, but the country took control of the situation after implementing months of draconian measures.

The tally of Johns Hopkins records one million confirmed cases, the actual number is thought to be much higher.

It took a month and a half for the first 100,000 cases to be registered, but a million was reached after a doubling in cases over the past week.

Nearly a quarter of cases have been registered in the United States, while Europe accounts for around half.

The coronavirus pandemic forced many countries to experience grim milestone.

US records biggest daily death toll

On Thursday, US has faced the worst day of the outbreak as it has reported 1,169 coronavirus deaths, the biggest daily death toll.

Not only in the US, the figure is the biggest daily death toll in any country since the outbreak began in China late last year.

More than 6,000 people have now lost their lives to the virus, with more than 244,000 confirmed infections.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Source: CNN

New York City, which is thought to be the epicenter of the outbreak and the worst-hit place in the country, recorded 1,500 deaths.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said “It’s like watching a slow-moving hurricane across the country, where you know the path that it’s taking. Why not deploy the national resources and just stay ahead of the hurricane?”

Spain sees the highest daily death toll

The death toll in Spain is also rising high above. It has become the second country after Italy to report more than 10,000 deaths linked to Covid-19. Death toll in Spain is also a grim milestone for the country.

Spain’s official data on Thursday shows there were 950 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest daily death toll the country has seen so far.

There are now 112,000 people have been confirmed as infected by the virus.

Authorities hope the virus is peaking and expecting to see a drop in numbers in the coming days.

The whole country should be under stay-at-home orders, Fauci says

One of America’s leading infectious disease experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order.

Dr. Fauci has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order. Source: CNN

The director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Doctor Fuci was speaking with CNN on Thursday. He said he believed the order should be put in place, something President Donald Trump has been loathes to do.

“I don’t understand why that’s not happening. As you said, the tension between federally mandated versus states rights to do what they want is something I don’t want to get into. But if you look at what is going on in this country, I do not understand why we are not doing that. We really should be.”

But President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he has no plan to issue such order because different states have different levels of coronavirus cases.

Trump said Wednesday afternoon: “States are different and I understand that the governor of Florida, great Gov. Ron DeSantis issued one today and that’s good, that’s great. But there are some states that are different. There are some states that don’t have much of a problem.”

Japan extends travel ban to include the US, UK and China

Japan is banning travelers who have recently visited any of over 70 countries and regions — including the UK, US, and China — in the past 14 days, as of April 3.

The new measure comes into effect for arrivals as on Friday, in an escalation of Japan’s fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Japanese government did not mention the end date of this ban.

As new spike in infections in Tokyo and other cities, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing tremendous pressure to declare a state of emergency.

A declaration of a state of emergency would allow prefectural governors to send out a stronger message when it comes to urging the public to stay at home, but the measures will not be legally binding.