Global coronavirus pandemic kills more than 30,000

Global coronavirus pandemic kills more than 30,000
Airport security wait to check the temperatures of travelers in the departures area of Beijing Capital International Airport on March 24. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The global coronavirus pandemic now costs more than 30,000 lives, with more than 10,000 of those in Italy. A whopping 660,000 people across the world have been infected by the virus.

US death toll surpassed 2000

More than 2,000 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus. The country reached 1,000 deaths on Thursday, but the number turned double withing days.

As of Saturday afternoon, the US has confirmed 124,665 cases.

President Trump tweeted that he has consulted with the governors of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut and asked the CDC to issue “a strong Travel Advisory” to be administered by those governors, in consultation with the federal government.

The president said a “quarantine will not be necessary.” This comes after he said earlier Saturday that he’s considering mandatory short-term (two-week) quarantine on Connecticut, New York and parts of New Jersey.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo strongly opposed Trump’s suggestion of a mandatory quarantine and questioned whether it would be legal.

Italy’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000. Many are asking why the fatality rate is so high

Italians are now pulled over by police to check whether they were wearing face masks. Such are the tight restrictions in the deadliest hotspot of the global coronavirus pandemic. The country is now considered to be the epicenter of the pandemic. More than 10,000 people have died in the country, far high than any other country in the world.

According to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, fatalities passed the grim milestone on Saturday, with an increase of 889 since the last figures were released on Friday.

With 92,472 confirmed cases, Italy appears to have the highest death rate on the planet.

Don Marcello Crotti, left, blesses coffins with Don Mario Carminati in the San Giuseppe church in Seriate, Italy, on March 28. Source: AP

According to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine data, China, the original epicenter of the outbreak has a roughly similar number of confirmed cases at 81,999, but under a third as many deaths, at 3,304.

Italy has now the second-highest number of confirmed cases in the world. The US remains first with more than 120,000, but that has a fraction of the deaths, at just over 2,200.

Italy enters its sixth week of restrictions but death toll shows no sign to stop. Many are asking: why does its death rate seem so much higher than other countries?

Mexico sees a 237% surge in coronavirus cases … in one week

The health authorities in Mexico confirmed 131 new cases in the country, bringing the total to 848, an increase of 237 percent in one week.

Four new deaths were confirmed on Saturday, making the total to 16. A week ago today, the number of confirmed cases in Mexico was 251.

India’s private sector joins the coronavirus battle

The Indian private sector has joined the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to a press release from the Mega-conglomerate Reliance Industries, it has pledged $660,000 to the government of western Maharashtra state to help fight the coronavirus.

Workers prepare a quarantine center at the Sarusojai sports complex in Gauhati, India, on March 28. Source: AP

Reliance is owned by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, who according to Forbes, is worth more than 51 billion dollars.

The company’s philanthropic arm, the Reliance Foundation, headed by Ambani’s wife Nita, has helped to set up India’s first dedicated Covid-19 hospital. The 100-bed centre in Mumbai is equipped with ventilators.

In partnership with NGOs, the Reliance Foundation has also been providing free meals to the thousands of daily-wage workers who were left jobless by India’s lockdown.

Reliance is not alone in providing support. Vijay Shekhar, the founder of PayTM, India’s largest digital payments company, has pledged $660,000 to the effort.

The Mahindra Group has volunteered to help produce ICU ventilators for India’s hospitals.

Some other latest updates

As the number of cases on the east coast continues to rise rapidly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the residents of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York have been asked to not travel domestically. About 12% of the New York Police Department’s uniformed employees are currently on sick leave.

The UK Prime Minister, who was also tested positive and currently in self-isolation, has sent a letter to 30 million households and called for people to stay home “at this moment of national emergency.”

On Saturday, Japan reported 194 cases, its biggest single-day rise in infections. The country now has 1,693 confirmed cases.

A woman in her seventies has become the first person in New Zealand to die of the coronavirus.