US coronavirus death toll tops 5,000

US coronavirus death toll tops 5,000
The US is facing critical times in handling the pandemic. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: More than 5,000 coronavirus death have now been reported in the US, More than 5,000 people have died from the novel coronavirus in the United States, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.

This is a grim milestone for America. The country has seen a rapid rise in coronavirus cases and fatalities in recent weeks.

Johns Hopkins figures show the total number of deaths stands at 5,119 and at least 216,515 infections have been recorded.

Globally the coronavirus death mounted to 47,287.

British doctors have received guidance on which patients to save

British Medical Association (BMA) issued ethics guidelines for doctors which says older patients with a low chance of survival could have life-saving ventilators removed so the machines can be given to healthier patients if the country’s health system is overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.

As the coronavirus deaths in surge and situation is getting intense day by day in the UK, the guidance has been prepared for doctors who will need to make “grave decisions” about who should receive “scarce lifesaving resources”.

Ambulances are parked outside the Emergency Department of St Thomas’ Hospital, one of the many hospitals dealing with coronavirus patients. Source: AP

“As such, some of the most unwell patients may be denied access to treatment such as intensive care or artificial ventilation,” the BMA’s ethics guidance note states, “This will inevitably be indirectly discriminatory against both the elderly and those with long-term health conditions, with the latter being denied access to life-saving treatment as a result of their pre-existing health problems.”

The guidance says imposing an age cut-off would be illegal, but adds that older patients who have pre-existing respiratory problems would have a “very high chance of dying despite intensive care,” and are therefore lower priority for admission.

The guidance was updated on April 1.

The British government has been warning the country’s health system could be overwhelmed if strict social distancing measures are not followed.

First coronavirus death in Asia’s largest slum

The first death reported from coronavirus in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, located in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai.

The 56-year-old man had no travel history. An official with Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) He was tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday and died the same evening while being transferred to a local hospital.

The official said the samples of his family members and neighbors have been collected and sent for testing along with people who had been in contact with him and are perceived to be “high risk” have been asked to (be) home quarantined.”

A deserted View of Mahim Dharavi Link road during restrictions on citizen’s movement due to the coronavirus pandemic. Source: Getty Images

This is a big deal because around 1 million people live in the slum and has a density almost 30 times greater than New York — about 280,000 people per square kilometer.

Doctors warned that the situation would be unmanageable if a sustained coronavirus outbreak spread rapidly through one of India’s many slums, where there is little sanitation or running water. Making social distancing in these slums is almost impossible to both physically and economically.

UK health authorities look to Germany to scale up coronavirus testing

Public Health England (PHE) admits that it is in contact with its peers in Germany to scale up testing in the UK. Huge criticism has flooded to the UK authorities that it is significantly lagging behind in its coronavirus testing capacity.

Medical director of PHE, Paul Cosford told Sky News that the UK is testing nearly 15,000 people a day and aims to reach 25,000 a day by the middle of April.

Professor Cosford acknowledged that they need to build this further and “there is a lot of work that is going on in order to get this testing capacity in place.”

So far, “about 2,000” frontline National Health Service workers have been tested for the virus, he said.

Australia impose huge fines for illegally exporting PPE

Australia’s Home Minister Peter Dutton’s office published a statement yesterday warning a huge fine to the people who illegally exporting masks, hand sanitizer or other personal protective equipment.

The statement said that the fines were one of several new measures being adopted by the government to keep dwindling medical supplies inside the country.

Australia has amended customs regulations to “stop exploitative exports of essential goods,” and the country’s Biosecurity Act to require the Australian Border Force to surrender medical supplies in their custody to the national stockpile.

In Australia, more than 5,000 people, including Dutton himself, have contracted the virus.

Vaccine testing in heavy speed

Scientists in Australia have begun testing two potential coronavirus vaccines made by US company Inovio Pharmaceutical and Oxford University.

Both vaccines have been cleared for animal testing by the World Health Organization.

Australia’s national science agency will assess the vaccines wheater it is working, and if they would be safe for humans.

The first human trial for coronavirus vaccine took place in the US last month but skipped a stage of animal testing.

There are several other vaccine developments occurring around the world right now at extraordinary speed. It is known that there are at least 20 vaccines in development around the world.

But Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) claimes its tests will be the first comprehensive pre-clinical trials of the vaccines to use an animal model.

Researchers described the speed and level of global co-operation to make a vaccine that led to this stage had been unprecedented.

On Thursday, Dr Rob Grenfell from the CSIRO said: “Normally it takes about one-to-two years to get to this point and we’ve in fact shortened that to a period of a couple of months.”