Coronavirus cases cross half a million globally

  Total cases Deaths   Total cases Deaths
Global 551,337 24,906 US 86,012 1,301
China 81, 897 3,296 Spain 64,059 4,858
Italy 80,589 8,215 (33.8%) India 843 20

Source: John Hopkins University & Medicine Corona Resource Center
Updated at 10 am, March 27, 2020

U.S. registers 25 percent increase in deaths

Number of global cases to touch 500,000 soon: Two new countries, one from the Western Pacific Region and one from the Eastern Mediterranean Region have reported COVID-19 cases.

U.S.: Having reported a 25 percent increase in deaths on Wednesday and nearly 20,000 new cases by Thursday morning, the U.S. is poised to potentially experience the worst outbreak in the world, overtaking Italy. Read more…

Spain continues its surge of cases with 56,188 confirmed cases and 4,089 deaths, making the country reporting second highest after Italy.

Pakistan continues to report a steady increase in COVID cases reporting 1057 lab confirmed cases which is 3 times more than the number of cases 3 days ago.  There is increasing concern of COVID-19 cases imported from Iran.

Australia stage 2 coronavirus shut down: The coronavirus cases in the country exceeded 2,800 with 8 deaths. The government placed new restrictions following Tuesday’s national cabinet meeting.

Why Germany’s coronavirus death rate is far lower than in other countries: Germany has reported 40,585 cases, fifth highest so far (8% of total global cases) and yet their mortality rate is only 0.5%, the world’s lowest. Read more…

New York has roughly 5% of Coronavirus cases worldwide: The increase in cases stems from both the rapid growth of the outbreak and significantly increased testing in the state. 13 deaths were reported in a day at a New York City hospital. Read more…

Coronavirus comes to New York’s prisons: On Sunday, the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, or D.O.C.C.S., confirmed that two prisoners at Wende Correctional Facility had tested positive for covid-19. Read more…

Coronavirus testing: How does it work? Developing reliable tests for the virus is essential to slow its spread. This article will discuss how COVID-19 tests work and who is receiving them. Read more…

Some states are reporting incomplete COVID-19 results: Several states are reporting only positive COVID-19 test results from private labs, a practice that paints a misleading picture of how fast the disease is spreading. Read more…

Corona checks, direct deposits: Everything you need to know This article answers questions relating to direct debits that the government has promised, as millions of Americans are urgently awaiting financial help. Read more…

3.3 million seek US jobless aid: Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, nearly five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus. Read more…

U.S. insisting that the U.N. call out Chinese origins of coronavirus: The Trump administration is pushing the U.N. Security Council to call attention to the Chinese origins of the coronavirus, while a Security Council resolution on the coronavirus stalled over attempts to single out China as the country of origin. Read more…

The two things the United States must do to beat the coronavirus: U.S. needs to take two crucial steps. First is a true national pause, not the sporadic halts seen so far. And then, U.S. needs to follow it with massive, coordinated testing across the population. Read more…

A medical class ‘minted by the pandemic’: Across the nation, medical students are graduating directly into the path of an epic health crisis. Read more…

How the pandemic will end? The United States may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. Read more…

The four possible timelines for life returning to normal: The coronavirus outbreak may last for a year or two, but some elements of pre-pandemic life will likely be won back in the meantime. There are 2 realistic paths for achieving a population level immunity. Read more…

Singapore Govt pumps in $48b more to fight Covid-19: The Government is setting aside a further $48.4 billion to support businesses, workers and families as Singapore grapples with an unprecedented crisis posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This comes in addition to the $6.4 billion announced just over a month ago.  Read more…

Preventing COVID-19 outbreak in prisons: WHO/Europe has published interim guidance on how to deal with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in prisons and other places of detention, entitled “Preparedness, prevention and control of COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention”. Read more…

UN issues $2 billion appeal to combat COVID-19: The United Nations today launched a $2 billion coordinated global humanitarian response plan to fight COVID-19 in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries in a bid to protect millions of people and stop the virus from circling back around the globe. Read more…

Up to 10 percent of recovered coronavirus patients in Wuhan study tested positive later: Tests carried out on patients suggest between 3 to 10 percent gave positive tests after being discharged. Read more…

China’s symptom-free coronavirus carriers raise fears of new wave of infections: The existence of a substantial but unknown number of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus in China has raised concerns among the public that people could still be spreading Covid-19 without knowing they are sick. Read more…

Vir Biotechnology reports early progress in antibody treatment for Covid-19: Vir Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based biotechnology firm, said Wednesday that laboratory testing showed two of its antibody drugs appeared to neutralize the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 and that it would pursue testing them in people. Read more…

COVID-19 can spread many ways, including fecal-oral route: In this study of 73 SARS-CoV-2-infected hospitalized patients, more than half tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in their stool, suggesting a possible fecal-oral transmission route of the virus. Read more…

(Dr. Sandhya Sukumaran is a globally renowned public health expert focusing on zoonotic diseases and One Health. Based in Washington, DC, she engages in consultancies for international organizations like WHO, World Bank, and FAO as well as advises governments and other forums.)

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