A pandemic of the novel corona virus has now killed more than 383,000 people worldwide.
Over 6.39 million people around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus. This comes from data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to lack of testing, many unreported cases, and suspicion that some governments are hiding the extent of their nation’s outbreaks.
Since the first cases were discovered in China in December, the United States has been the worst affected country, with more than 1.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 1
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6:50 p.m .: 400,000 Americans could die from coronavirus by next spring, warns an expert
A leading public health expert warned Wednesday that up to 400,000 Americans may have died of COVID-19 before a potential vaccine is ready for mass distribution.
“All the best models suggest that if we continue to have 1,000 deaths a day, another 100,000 people will die in the next three to four months,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, during a forum on the government’s coronavirus response. “It is quite possible that by next spring if we get a vaccine, 300,000 to 400,000 Americans will have died from the disease.”
Jha said the deaths were “completely avoidable”. But it will require “smart government policies and accountability”.
“As the nation opens up and we get into turmoil with the people on the streets, the bottom line is that we don’t do enough tests to ensure people’s safety,” said Jha, adding that some estimates suggest that 80% of COVID-19 cases are overlooked.
The death toll in the United States is currently 107,000.
5:50 p.m .: Maryland can reopen nail salons, retail stores, and offices on Friday
Maryland will enter the next phase of its gradual reopening on Friday at 5:00 p.m. so more unnecessary businesses and offices can be reopened, Governor Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday.
The companies include manufacturing, construction, retail, offices and car dealerships. Nail salons, massage therapists, tanning salons and tattoo studios can also be opened up to 50% again.
Safety guidelines include wearing masks, performing health exams, and teleworking if possible.
Previously, barber shops, hairdressing salons, outdoor restaurants, youth sports and day camps outdoors, outdoor pools and drive-in cinemas could be reopened.
Other outdoor entertainment and gyms remain closed.
Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are at their lowest point in 50 days, Hogan said. According to the State Department of Health, there are 54,982 confirmed cases, 807 more than the previous day, and 2,519 deaths.
4:40 p.m .: The anti-malaria drug advertised by President Trump has not prevented COVID-19 infections
The first carefully controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine – the anti-malaria drug that President Donald Trump took as a prophylactic against COVID-19 – showed no benefit in preventing the virus, according to a new study.
University of Minnesota and McGill University researchers, along with other universities, examined 821 patients in the United States and Canada who were exposed to COVID-19. After participants had taken HCQ or a placebo within four days of exposure, the researchers determined whether they were developing COVID-19 themselves. Because of diagnostic test deficiencies in the United States, patients were observed for self-reported symptoms rather than confirmed tests, the study said.
When analyzing the prevention of COVID-19 with HCQ, the researchers found no benefit of the drug, the study said. It is important to note that this study only tested HCQ alone and not a combination of HCQ with zinc and vitamin D that the President promoted and took himself.
In a memo about Trump’s latest physical results, the president’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley, on Wednesday, that the president had no side effects from taking HCQ. His heart was tested with an EKG because a possible side effect of using HCQ is an irregular heartbeat. The memo noted that in May, following the diagnosis of COVID-19, the president took a two-week course of the drug along with zinc and vitamin D in two employees of the west wing.
2:50 pm: Over 100,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the last five days: WHO
Over 100,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the past five days, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
America remains responsible for most cases, said WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a daily COVID-19 press conference in Geneva.
Central and South America are experiencing “accelerating” COVID-19 epidemics, the WHO said, particularly in Haiti. There is also an intensive community broadcast in Brazil, Peru and Nicaragua.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has the second highest number of confirmed cases worldwide with more than 555,000.
In the meantime, the number of cases in Europe has continued to decline, the WHO reported.
“Yesterday, the fewest cases in Europe have been reported since March 22,” said Tedros.
12:30 p.m .: New York State has the lowest daily hospitalizations
The number of new COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York State is at its lowest, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday while reminding residents to “stay smart”.
The number of new hospital stays was 135 – after a peak of 3,181 in mid-April. There were 49 new deaths – 37 in hospitals, 12 in nursing homes.
The governor warned, however, that the virus was still a threat, especially as thousands protested George Floyd’s death on the street.
“If you want to protest, protest intelligently,” said Cuomo. “Remember that the COVID virus is still out there.”
10:30 a.m .: According to the group, over 600 nurses worldwide have died of COVID-19
More than 230,000 health workers around the world have been infected with the novel corona virus since the global pandemic began, while over 600 nurses have died, according to a new analysis by the International Council of Nurses.
The numbers show that an average of 7% of all COVID-19 cases worldwide are employed in healthcare.
The International Council of Nurses, which represents more than 130 national nursing associations with 20 million members worldwide, said the analysis is based on data from its associations, official numbers and media reports from a limited number of countries, “because” there is no system and standardized Record “of the number of nurses and healthcare workers worldwide who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have succumbed to the disease.
The group urges governments to record the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths among health workers and to take all necessary measures to protect them.
“Without this data, we do not know the real cost of COVID-19, and that will make it harder for us to fight other pandemics in the future,” said Howard Catton, CEO of ICN, in a statement on Wednesday.
8:49 a.m .: Data shows that black people in London are more likely to be punished or arrested for violating the lock
Police statistics published on Wednesday found that blacks in London were fined or arrested more often than their white counterparts for violating the rules for blocking corona viruses.
The London Metropolitan Police Service imposed 973 fines between March 27 and May 14 while enforcing new restrictions to curb the spread of the novel corona virus. The numbers show that whites, who make up 59% of the British capital’s population, received 444 fines or 45.6%. Blacks, who make up 12% of the population, received 253 fines or 26%. Asians, who make up 18% of the population, received 220 fines, or 22.6%, according to the report.
During the same period, the police arrested only 36 people for violating coronavirus restrictions that involved no other crime. However, the police made an additional 711 arrests where other crime was the main cause, and as a result of this crime, people also violated the blocking rules. The numbers show that 38% of these arrests were white and 31% black.
Overall, more whites have been punished or arrested than other ethnic groups. However, compared to the composition of the resident population, higher proportions of black and ethnic minorities across London have been fined or arrested.
“The reasons for this are likely to be complex and reflect a number of factors,” the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement on Wednesday next to the release of the report. “This includes interactions between areas where there is significant proactive police activity against criminal hot spots, as well as differences in the age profile and geographic distribution of ethnic groups in London.”
The police, which is the largest in the UK, found that their officers “reported that in most of the interactions after they declared that an individual or group had committed an infringement, they followed the advice of the police, without having to use our enforcement powers “.
“Our goal was to protect London and not unnecessarily criminalize where we can avoid it,” said Mark Simmons, Deputy Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, in a statement on Wednesday. “Overall, we have found good compliance when we intervened, which means that in most cases there was no need to have a fixed sentence or arrest. I hope that Londoners due to the low volume of COVID -19 are calm. ” Enforcing that we only used the new powers when we absolutely needed to. ”
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7:22 am: Oklahoma State Linebacker tests positive after taking part in protests
Oklahoma State University’s linebacker, Amen Ogbongbemiga, said he tested positive for COVID-19 after a protest in Tulsa.
“After participating in a protest in Tulsa AND protecting myself well, I tested positive for COVID-19,” wrote Ogbongbemiga, who will be a senior this fall, on Tuesday night on Twitter. “Please, if you want to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.”
Mass protests took place in every state after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis on May 25, shortly after a white policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes when three other officers stood by .
The Minneapolis Police Department has since fired all four officers, and the one who pinned Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. However, the demonstrators are demanding the indictment of the other three officers and deciphering the general treatment of black Americans by the police.
The number of people who took to the streets in the days since Floyd’s death was hundreds of thousands. Although many demonstrators wore face masks and distributed hand disinfectants, they gathered in the immediate vicinity and did not use social distance guidelines that help prevent the spread of the novel corona virus.
In an interview published on Politico on Monday, the US general surgeon warned Dr. Jerome Adams faced new clusters of highly contagious cases as a result of nationwide protests.
“Based on the way the disease spreads,” said Adams, “there is every reason to believe that we will see new clusters and potentially new outbreaks.”
6:16 a.m .: Russia reports under 9,000 new cases
Russian corona virus headquarters announced Wednesday that it has registered 8,536 new cases of COVID-19 and 178 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The number of the country is currently 432,277 diagnosed cases with 5,215 deaths. Moscow, the capital, is the most affected city in the country with about half of all infections.
The latest daily case count has dropped from a peak of 11,656 new infections on May 11, during which Russia has registered more than 10,000 new cases per day over a period of 12 days. Since then, the daily number of new infections has been 9,000.
Russia has the third highest number of cases in the world after Brazil and the United States, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
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5:23 a.m .: UN reports 1st coronavirus death of a Rohingya refugee
A Rohingya refugee who has been infected with the novel corona virus in the world’s largest refugee camp has died, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
It is the first known death of a Rohingya refugee related to coronaviruses.
The UNHCR said the refugee, who was not named, was tested positive for COVID-19 in one of the densely packed camps near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. Almost 1 million Rohingya refugees live in the sprawling camps and surrounding makeshift settlements, who fled ethnic violence and persecution in neighboring Myanmar, where they are a stateless Muslim minority.
Abu Toha MR Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the Bangladeshi Office for Refugee, Aid and Relief Commissioners, told the Associated Press that the victim was a 71-year-old refugee who died on Sunday in an government-run aid agency that had set up agencies who had been taken in with COVID-19 symptoms a week earlier. Samples taken by him tested positive for the virus on Monday.
The first known cases of COVID-19 in the camps were confirmed last month. One was a Rohingya refugee and the other was a Bangladeshi citizen.
Bangladesh currently has more than 52,000 diagnosed cases of the disease with at least 746 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
3:45 a.m .: The US should have 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, says Fauci
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading coronavirus pandemic medical expert, should have 100 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year.
“We will start producing vaccine doses before we even know that the vaccine is working, so predicting statistical analysis and projecting cases by the end of the year suggests that we may know if it is effective not until maybe November, December, which means that we would hopefully have nearly 100 million doses by that time, “said Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Tuesday during a live video interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“And we hope for a few hundred million cans by early 2021,” he added. “So it’s not like we make the vaccine work and then have to wait a year to revise up to millions and millions of doses. It is done while we are testing the vaccine.”
A number of clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine candidates are well underway worldwide.
The third and final phase of trials with an experimental vaccine developed by the Massachusetts-based biotech company Moderna begins in July. Some other vaccine candidates, including one developed by the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, are also promising, according to Fauci.
ABC News’ Courtney Condron, Ben Gittleson, Alina Lobzina, Jordyn Phelps, Ben Siegel, Michelle Stoddart and Christine Theodorou all contributed to this report.