Coronavirus Update: Global Cases Exceed 2 Million With Pandemic Yet To Peak

Global coronavirus cases have exceeded 2 million with the US infection and mortality numbers surpassing other worst-hit nations by the thousands. With over 644,000 cases, the US is about half a million infections ahead of Spain, the second most affected country. Italy, that holds the second spot in global coronavirus fatalities, has been surpassed by the US by 5,000 deaths with its toll now reading over 28,000.

On Tuesday, US coronavirus deaths rose by a single-day record 2,228 to top 28,300, as officials debated how to reopen the economy without reigniting the outbreak. On Wednesday, France death toll also rose by record 1,438 in the biggest single-day increase as a number of nursing homes reported cumulative tolls following the three-day Easter weekend. Spain’s daily death toll, however, slipped to 523 from the 567 reported on Tuesday.

While Pakistan also sees a steady rise in cases with its tally now at over 6,500, fears loom that the virus cases may be potentially underreported here. CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah in a shocking revelation on Wednesday pointed to an alarming rise of DOA (dead on arrival) and near-death cases reported lately by hospitals in Sindh. Most of these cases, he said, exhibited Covid-19 symptoms. Numbers from the Edhi Foundation also supported the claims.

While the number of new Covid-19 cases is slightly easing in some parts of Europe, including Italy and Spain, outbreaks are still growing in Britain and Turkey, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “The overall world outbreak, 90 percent of cases are coming from Europe and the United States of America. So we are certainly not seeing the peak yet,” WHO spokeswoman Dr. Margaret Harris said.

Sindh reports 4 more deaths

Four more coronavirus deaths have been reported in Sindh. This brings the national Covid-19 death toll to 128.

Only a Covid-19 vaccine will allow return to ‘normalcy’: UN chief

A Covid-19 vaccine may be the only thing that can bring back “normalcy,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday, hoping for just that before the end of the year.

“A safe and effective vaccine may be the only tool that can return the world to a sense of ‘normalcy,’ saving millions of lives and countless trillions of dollars,” he added during a video conference with the 50 or so African countries that are members of the United Nations.

He called for its accelerated development and accessibility to all, adding it must have a “universal global benefit” and “allow us to control the pandemic.”

“We need an ambitious effort to ensure that international stakeholders operate through a harmonized, integrated and leveraged approach to maximize the speed and scale needed for the universal deployment of such a vaccine by the end of 2020,” he insisted.