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Friday, March 27, 2020

3 Billion Now on Lockdown, Virus Death Toll Passes 24,000



As governments stepped up their efforts on Wednesday, now more than three billion people around the world are living under lockdown. These measures are in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic which has reportedly left more than 24,000 people dead at the time of this writing.

As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 500,000 UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus.

In Spain, the number of fatalities surpassed those of China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged three months ago, making it the hardest-hit nation after Italy.

A total of more than 24,000 deaths have now been reported in 182 countries and territories.

Stock markets rebounded after the US Congress moved closer to passing a $2.2 trillion relief package to prop up a teetering US economy.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said New York, the epicenter of the US outbreak with over 30,000 cases, likely has a few “tough weeks” ahead but he would decide soon whether unaffected parts of the country can get back to work.

“We want to get our country going again,” Trump said. “I’m not going to do anything rash or hastily.

“By Easter we’ll have a recommendation and maybe before Easter,” said Trump, who had been touting a strong US economy as he faces an election in November.

UN chief Guterres said the world needs to ban together to stem the pandemic.

“COVID-19 is threatening the whole of humanity — and the whole of humanity must fight back,” Guterres said, launching an appeal for $2 billion to help the world’s poor.

“Global action and solidarity are crucial,” he said. “Individual country responses are not going to be enough.”

– Two deaths in Russia –

India’s stay-at-home order for its 1.3 billion people is now the biggest, taking the total number of individuals facing restrictions on their daily lives to more than three billion.

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Source:realfarmacy.com

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