World death toll exceeds 142,000
The total number of coronavirus deaths worldwide has reached 142,735, according to Johns Hopkins University, which followed the spread of the virus during the pandemic.
The United States has the highest number of deaths, with more than 33,000, followed by Italy, which has crossed the 22,000 mark, and Spain, which has recorded more than 19,000 deaths.
Worldwide, the total number of cases of coronavirus has reached more than 2.13 million.
Trump announces guidelines to end U.S. foreclosure
Donald Trump has announced guidelines for individual states to reopen on different schedules.
During his briefing at the White House, he said, “We are opening our country … America wants to be open … our experts say the curve has flattened and the peak of new cases is behind us. “
The president added, “We have to have a functioning economy and we want to recover it very quickly, and that is what will happen. “
British minister’s father dies from “coronavirus” pneumonia
Greg Hands tweeted in tribute to his father, who he says died on Monday with Covid-19. The Minister of Commerce paid tribute to the “brilliant high school scientist” and “the determined man”, adding that he would be “sorely missed”.
Hands, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham in West London, shared the tribute after participating in the applause for NHS workers on Thursday evening, calling the moment “particularly moving”.
Captain Tom must “continue”
Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old war veteran striding through his garden to raise money for the NHS, said he would continue to do his turns despite his goal of 100 laps.
Moore originally intended to raise just £ 1,000 for NHS Charities Together, but has now raised nearly £ 16 million. He completed his last lap on Thursday but tweeted that he planned to “continue”.
Police discover 17 bodies in American retirement home
Police found 17 bodies in one of New Jersey’s largest nursing homes after anonymous reports indicated that a body was stored in a hangar.
A total of 68 people associated with Andover’s sub-acute and rehabilitation centers recently died, 26 of whom tested positive for coronavirus.
The officers did not find any bodies in the hangar, but said the establishment’s tiny morgue was “overwhelmed” and contained 17 bodies. It is not known how many deaths were due to Covid-19.
US corporate finance program strapped for cash
A US small business loan program to help companies affected by coronavirus is running out of money. The Small Business Administration has declared that it is unable to accept new requests “on the basis of available funds”.
He was responsible for managing the $ 349 billion (£ 280 billion) program that provides loans to businesses so they can pay their employees.
Saudi Arabia pledges $ 500 million to support coronavirus efforts
Saudi Arabia, current G20 president, said it had pledged $ 500 million to support global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and urged other countries and organizations to help fill the gap $ 8 billion in funding.
Riyadh said it would allocate $ 150 million to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, $ 150 million to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations and $ 200 million to other health organizations and programs.
Death toll in France increases by 753
France recorded an additional 753 deaths from coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 17,920, the fourth highest count in the world. But the number of people hospitalized fell for the second day in a row.
Jérôme Salomon, head of the French public health authority, said the total number of people in intensive care units fell for the eighth consecutive day to 6,248, the lowest since April 1.
At 17,920, the number of deaths increased 4.4% over 24 hours, with the rate of increase decelerating again after increasing the previous two days.
Brazilian President Bolsonaro dismisses Minister of Health
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, sacked his Minister of Health, Luiz Mandetta, after a confrontation between the two men over radically different views of the pandemic.
Mandetta tweeted Thursday: “I just received a notice of dismissal from President Jair Bolsonaro. I want to thank you for the opportunity I have been given to manage our health services … and to plan our fight against the coronavirus epidemic, this great challenge that our health system is about to take up. “
Mandetta has defended social isolation while far-right president insists that the impact of the pandemic on Brazil’s struggling economy is more important than the loss of life.
Putin delays Victory Day celebrations
Vladimir Putin has delayed Russia’s celebrations for the 75th anniversary of Victory Day due to the coronavirus epidemic.
The Russian president said: “The risks associated with the epidemic, the peak of which has not passed, are still dangerously high. And that doesn’t give me the right to start preparations for the parade and other mass events. “
Putin has not set a new date for the parade, which was scheduled for May 9, but has promised that it will take place this year.