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|The novel virus has been crippling the world since it first took hold last December (Photo: Forbes)|
Coronavirus today update: The virus has spread to 210 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances, killing over 173,420 patients and infected over 2,500,000 people.
Coronavirus today update: WHO says evidence suggests coronavirus came from bats
The World Health Organization said all available evidence suggested the coronavirus originated in bats in China late in 2019 and was not manipulated or constructed in a laboratory. Trump said last week the US was trying to determine whether the virus emanated from a lab in Wuhan in central China.
|Coronavirus today update:Vietnam continues to report no new infections for 6 days in a row, keeping national count at 268, of which 216 cases, more than 81 percent have recovered. |
12 confirmed positive cases in treatment have tested negative for the virus in the first test, while eight others’ second tests have returned negative.
To date, there have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in Việt Nam.
Also today, during a press briefing, World Health Organisation (WHO) Western Pacific Director, Takeshi Kasai, praised Vietnam’s strong government leadership and cooperation among the people in implementing measures to curb the pandemic.
The health expert has also recommended that Vietnam could start to cautiously look at easing restrictions meant to slow the virus spread, but not lifting them all at the same time, based on considerations of the disease’s characteristics, level of public awareness, the national health system’s response and access to healthcare, VNS reported.
Hanoians do exercise at public gardens near their residential areas on April 20. Health experts and authorities continue to urge people to practice hygiene and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus (Photo: VNA/ VNS)
Coronavirus live update: The US’s total infections is approaching 800,000 cases.
Monday marked the lowest deaths in the last 2 weeks in the US, just days after the number of deaths had spiked to 4,591 in a single day. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. lost 1,433 people to coronavirus on April 20, adding to the overall death toll of 42,364, according to Foxnews.
According to the data, nearly 93 percent of all U.S. deaths from the pandemic has occurred in the past three weeks, 44 percent of which have occurred over the last seven days. But after several sharp spikes last week, the number seems to be slowing, with the data reflecting an average of 600 fewer deaths than previous days.
University of Washington School of Medicine had airlifted tens of thousands of kits from Shanghai factory after some found to be contaminated.
According to SCMP, liquid in small percentage of vials had turned to an orange or yellow colour, rather than hot pink, an indication of bacterial growth. Some appeared cloudy, too.
President Trump to suspend immigration to US due to coronavirus
The president announced the drastic measure in a post on his favorite social media platform, according to New York Post.
“In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!” Trump tweeted.
Coronavirus live update: Italy to start easing coronavirus lockdown from May 4th
Italy will announce before the end of this week its plans for the gradual reopening from a lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus emergency that will be applied starting from May 4, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday.
|Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces to ease lockdown (Photo: Reuters)|
Spain sees a slight hike in daily toll with 430 deaths on Tuesday
So far, 21,282 people have succumbed to the pandemic in Spain, which has suffered the third-highest number of deaths in the world after the United States and Italy.
Officials say the numbers tend to go up slightly on Tuesdays following a slight delay in receiving data from the regions on deaths that have occurred over the weekend.
The number of confirmed cases now stands at 204,178, the second-highest number in the world after the United States which has registered more than 750,000 infections, Medical express reported.
Coronavirus live update: The UK sees another some 4,300 new cases have been reported across the country as of April 22, keeping the UK in the top 6 most vulnerable country worldwide. 828 d
England and Wales care home deaths quadruple in a week
COVID-19 fatalities in care homes in England and Wales have more than quadrupled in a week, rising to 1,043, according to the latest official figures.
By 10 April, more than 1,000 people were confirmed to have died in care homes from the virus, up from 217, the previous week. The number of people who died in private homes also more than tripled, to 466.
But the latest assessment of the virus’s impact on the most vulnerable by the Office of National Statistics, released on Tuesday, remains far short of the care sector’s own warnings that many thousands more have already died, Guardian reported.
With 5,642 new cases, Russia witnessed a slight increase in new infections compared to yesterday (4,268). 405 deaths are reported, including 44 new cases. Moskva remains the hardest-hit part of the country.
|Deaths in homecare centers in England and Wales rose by 25 percent over a fortnight (Photo: Sky News)|
Coronavirus today update: China reports 82,758 cases in total, in which 77,123 (over 90 percent) have recovered.
Risk rising of imports of virus via land border
Despite a downward trend in new novel coronavirus cases found in inbound travelers, China is not easing border controls and will further ramp up epidemic control capabilities at border cities.
Commission spokesman Mi Feng said on Monday that the number of existing imported cases nationwide had been declining consistently in the past week, but the risk of new infections entering through the country's land crossings is increasing, giving rise to locally transmitted clusters of infection, China daily reported.
"We need to resolutely guard our borders and key border cities, improving their testing and treatment capacities, overcoming shortcomings and strengthening personal protections to cut off the spread of the virus," he said at a news conference.
Chinese doctors’ skin turns dark after coronavirus recovery
Two Chinese doctors who were infected with the coronavirus while treating patients in the epicenter city of Wuhan survived the deadly illness – but their skin turned very dark after they were placed on life support, New York Post cited a report.
The two men’s changed skin color was attributed to a hormonal imbalance after their livers were damaged by the bug, and a specific drug they received at the beginning of their treatment.
|The doctor's skin has turned dark after days of COVID-19 treatment (Photo: Wuhan Central Hospital, Beijing Satellite TV)|
Coronavirus today update: Japan confirmed a total of 11,489 cases, an increase of 336 cases within 24 hours. Meanwhile, death toll stands at 281, with 18 new fatalities reported.
The government’s emergency package to cushion the economy from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached ¥117.1 trillion after it approved a revised supplementary budget.
Despite the official COVID-19 state of emergency in Japan, people are still flocking to shopping arcades in Tokyo and other big cities across the nation, Kyodo reports.
Alarmed by the crowds forming in parts of Tokyo, Gov. Yuriko Koike has repeatedly urged the public to avoid gathering in groups, coming into close contact with others and going to closed environments. Her entreaties have even inspired a computer game of her navigating through crowds while uttering her daily “mitsu desu” call for social distancing, Japan Times reported.
Coronavirus today updates: South East Asia has over 31, 841 infections reported, Singapore is the biggest epicenter, while Indonesia has the highest fatalities
ASEAN countries report a total of top 31,841 nCoV patients, an increase of 1,712 cases within 24 hours. 1,210 lives have been claimed.
On April 21, Singapore adds another 1,111 new cases, raising total to 9,125 cases, keeping it the biggest epicenter of South East Asia. However, there’s no death reported in the country for the last 12 days.
Indonesia reported 375 new cases within 24 hours, another 26 patients have died, raising death toll to 616, including 20 doctors.
The Philippines ranks third in the list, with 140 new infections, total cases stand at 6,599. With 19 new deaths, its fatality tally is 437.
Malaysia has 57 new cases. The country, which used to be the biggest epicenter of ASEAN, now has 5,5,482 cases, 92 deaths reported.
Vietnam, Brunei, and Campuchia are the three ASEAN countries with three-figures cases, which are 268, 138, 122 respectively, Vietnam and Campuchia report no new infection in six consecutive days.
Timor-Leste has 23 infections in total, with one new reported, whose place as the least vulnerable country in ASEAN has been taken by Laos (19 cases).
Regarding death tolls, Indonesia still has the highest (616), the Philipines (437), Malaysia (92), Thailand (48), Singapore (11).
Four countries with no deaths reported since the outbreak are Vietnam, Campuchia, Laos, and Timor-Leste.
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