US News Over 120,000 People Have Recovered From Coronavirus Around the World
Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 756, lifting total death toll to 10,779
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/ITALY-TALLY (URGENT):Italy coronavirus deaths rise by 756, lifting total death toll to 10,779The number of fatalities, by far the highest of any country in the world, account for more than a third of all deaths from the infectious virus worldwide.
The coronavirus outbreak has seen more than 120,000 people recover from infection, as of Thursday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The virus, which was first reported in Wuhan, a city in the Hubei province of China, has spread to over 500,000 people across nearly 175 countries and claimed the lives of nearly 22,300 people.
Girl, 12, youngest to die with coronavirus in Europe
A 12-year-old Belgian girl has become the youngest known person in Europe to die after contracting coronavirus. Authorities said the child was by far the youngest among more than 700 victims in Belgium.National crisis centre spokesman Emmanuel Andre said it is "an emotionally difficult moment, because it involves a child, and it has also upset the medical and scientific community".He added: "We are thinking of her family and friends. It is an event that is very rare, but one which upsets us greatly.
Around 81,700 cases have been confirmed in China and nearly 73,000 are reported to have recovered to date. China claims the outbreak has been largely contained, with more cases now reported outside the country than within.
Earlier this week, China lifted outbound travel restrictions in Hubei, while restrictions in Wuhan, which has been under a strict lockdown since late January in the wake of the outbreak, will also be lifted next month.
Other nations have also reported thousands of recoveries, such as in Italy, which also currently has the highest number of deaths in the world. But its total number of recoveries is greater than its death toll, with more than 9,300 people having recovered, while nearly 7,500 have died.
While Italy's death toll has been climbing, WHO noted there were some "encouraging signs" in the country as it reported a lower rate of infection on Thursday.
Coronavirus: Army to enforce lockdown in Italy's worst-hit region
The army will be used to impose the lockdown in Lombardy - the region of Italy worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak. "The request to use the army has been accepted... and 114 soldiers will be on the ground throughout Lombardy," regional president Attilio Fontana told a news conference."It is still too little, but it is positive."Lombardy has also asked the government to further tighten the restrictions already in place, which include the closure of all non-essential commercial activities and a ban on public gatherings.
"While the situation remains very serious, we are starting to see some encouraging signs," the WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said at a press conference on Thursday.
"Italy, which has the highest number of cases in the region, has just seen a slightly lower rate of increase, though it is still too early to say that the pandemic is peaking in that country," he added.
Iran currently reports the highest number of recovered patients outside China, with nearly 10,457 recoveries. The virus has affected over 29,400 people and claimed the lives of more than 2,230, as of Thursday.
Earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed the country's death count was declining, based on a reported drop in hospital check-ins.
Rouhani said at a meeting with the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus: "Among the topics discussed was a report according to which it was evident that hospital check-ins in provinces had declined and that the death toll was declining, both of which are important to us."
Three arrested after police find stolen toilet paper in van
Three people have been arrested after dozens of stolen toilet rolls were discovered in a van by police. Essex Police's operational support group tweeted: "Police officers always get a massive sense of satisfaction when we catch burglars, however we never expected to find this stolen loot in the boot.Using the hashtag "ThatsHowWeRoll", it added: "Stolen items recovered and 3 arrested all within an hour of it being reported.
Between nearly 4,000 and 7,000 recoveries have also been reported across Spain, France, Germany and South Korea. All of these countries also rank among the top 10 countries with the highest number of confirmed cases outside China.
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the recovery curve compared to the infection curve of the virus.
The U.S. has reportedly had 619 people recover from infection but the official count has yet to be confirmed. Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it does not "have the current numbers for recovered patients at this time, and CDC has not included this data in our ongoing case counts as of yet". The spokesperson said the CDC "may put it [the data on recoveries] together in the future."
Top 10 countries with highest number of recoveries (as of March 26)
- China - more than 73,000 recoveries
- Iran - 10,457 recoveries
- Italy - 9,362 recoveries
- Spain - 7,015 recoveries
- Germany - 5,669 recoveries
- South Korea - 4,144 recoveries
- France - 3,900 recoveries
- Belgium - 675
- U.S. - 619
- Japan - 310
The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the spread of COVID-19 across the globe.
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Data on COVID-19 cases is from Johns Hopkins University unless otherwise stated.
World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.
- Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
- If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
- Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.
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Spain coronavirus deaths rise by 838 to 6,528
The number of people to have died after testing positive for the coronavirus in Spain has risen to 6,528 after 838 more people died. Another 6,549 cases have been reported in the country, bringing the total there to 78,797.It comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has risen by 3,965 to 52,547, a government federal agency has said in the country.Another 64 deaths have been recorded, bring the total there to 389.
- Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
- Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
- Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
- Do not reuse single-use masks.
- Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
- The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.
- here is . If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and Only if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In , anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In , call your GP.
Man, 23, who claimed he had COVID-19 as he spat on police is jailed .
A 23-year-old man who spat at police in Lancashire while claiming he had coronavirus has been jailed for a year. Callum Heaton was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after police were called to a report of a disturbance in Burnley early on March 28.Lancashire Police said Heaton spat at two officers during the arrest on Cog Lane, while saying he had caught COVID-19.He continued this behaviour as he was taken into custody.Heaton appeared before Burnley Magistrates' Court on 30 March and pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on an emergency worker and one of criminal damage.