The main developments in the global coronavirus epidemic today are:
World death toll exceeds 217,000
According to Johns Hopkins researchers, at least 3,116,680 people have been infected worldwide and at least 217,168 have died since the start of the epidemic. The numbers are likely to be significant underestimates due to the alleged underreporting and the different testing and recording systems around the world. Cases in the United States account for about one-third of the known global total, more than one million.
Chinese parliament to start annual meeting on May 22
The Chinese parliament is scheduled to hold its annual meeting on May 22, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, more than two months later than expected. China’s main political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, has also offered to open its annual session on May 21. It is not yet known how long the meetings will last. They traditionally see more than 5,000 delegates descend from Beijing from all over China for at least 10 days.
China warns Australian relations could be damaged “beyond repair”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defied China and defended the “perfectly reasonable and sensible” call for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19, as international political fallout from the pandemic intensified. While Australia has avoided the stricter approach of the United States, which has stopped funding the World Health Organization (WHO), it urged its allies to support a redesign of the WHO and suggested recruit independent investigators similar to “weapons inspectors” to determine the source of major outbreaks.
Three American children with coronavirus are treated for a rare inflammatory syndrome
Reuters reports that three American children infected with the coronavirus are being treated for a rare inflammatory syndrome that seems similar to the one that raised concerns by doctors in Britain, Italy and Spain. Italian and British medical experts are studying a possible link between the coronavirus pandemic and clusters of Kawasaki disease, a severe inflammatory disease in infants arriving in hospitals with high fever and swollen arteries.
Nearly 70 residents died in Massachusetts home for aging veterans
On Tuesday, sixty-eight resident veterans of the state-controlled Holyoke Soldiers ‘Home died, officials said, and it is unknown whether another deceased had Covid-19. 82 other residents and 81 employees tested positive. As the death toll continues to climb, federal authorities are investigating whether residents have been denied adequate medical care. The state’s highest prosecutor decides whether to take legal action.
Virus crisis could cause 18,000 more cancer deaths in the UK, experts warn
Nearly 18,000 more people with cancer may die in England after a coronavirus pandemic led hospitals to stop treatment and discouraged patients from seeking care at the NHS, says study. Cancer experts say that an additional 6,270 people in England who were recently diagnosed with the disease could die within the next 12 months as a direct result of the disruption caused by the coronavirus, and the additional balance sheet taking into account all people. living with cancer could be 17,915.
Fitch downgrades Italy’s rating to BBB-
Italy is the European country most affected by Covid-19 and follows only the United States in terms of number of deaths.The government has declared that it expects the economic output of the country to decrease by 8 % this year and launched a series of stimulus measures.
Sailors from USS Theodore Roosevelt to start aboard
Navy sailors who have been quarantined in Guam for weeks will start returning to USS Theodore Roosevelt on Tuesday evening, US officials said. A coronavirus epidemic put the carrier aside in late March. The ship attracted attention when it was forced to dock in Guam due to the virus epidemic and its captain was fired for sending an email asking Navy patrons to take more action quick to fight the virus.
Streaming movies are eligible for the Oscars
Films released on streaming platforms only will be eligible for the Oscars next year due to the disruption of the pandemic in the industry, said the organizers of the Oscars. The change will only apply to movies released this year. Previously, a film would have required a theatrical projection of at least seven days in a commercial theater in Los Angeles County to be considered. Now, films that have already been scheduled for theatrical release but are available through an on-demand service may qualify for the best picture and other categories.